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October 30, 2013
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Date Taken
Sep 28, 2013, 8:19:41 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Back Pocket by burningmonk Back Pocket by burningmonk
Ginza (I got some weird looks taking this one.)

Thanks to :iconmyraincheck: and :iconbqw: for the DD! :D

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Given 2013-12-02
Back Pocket by =burningmonk The Suggester says: "The main subject is framed by the 2 figures in the background and is set well against the crosswalk. Great timing combined with perfect composition". ( Suggested by bQw and Featured by myraincheck )
congrats on your DD for this awesome shot :)
burningmonk Dec 29, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!! :D
you're very welcome! ;)
to me, i think she's gripping her proposal ring in her pocket, and the guy in the blue in the background is her man to propose, and she's nervous, so she's gripping her ring.
just how i would like to think of it ;)
burningmonk Dec 17, 2013   Photographer
I like your positive interpretation. :D Everyone else had such base ideas. :D
aselabk Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great pic
burningmonk Dec 9, 2013   Photographer
Thanks! :D
Sigz101 Dec 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is really great work!
burningmonk Dec 4, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!! :D
vindiico Dec 3, 2013   General Artist
This photo has a wonderful display of color and composition, but it is indeed the back pocket that draws and keeps my attention. 

For the subject, unknown for the human mind cannot conceptualize one's identity without the presence of a face, is with her hand curled into a fist (?) and thrust into her back pocket. This is an intriguing pose because the curled fist is not casual. It's often aggressive and formed with a purpose in mind, generally anger. 

However, no sense of anger can be found anywhere else in this photo. It is a very pretty, almost glamorous photo taken in what appears to be in a sleek city and perhaps in a uptown district of a woman who possesses a sense of elegance in her fashion taste. She's not dress in a flashy or highly sophisticated manner, but there is seemingly a sense of calculated taste in what she chose to wore that day. 

This gives the photo a sense of not anger but rather a sense of delicacy, so what is with the curled fist? 

Also when people often run into photos as beautiful as this one, they may think to themselves was this setup or spontaneously taken? The elegant subject seems like something purposefully chosen suggesting the photo was setup, but then why have the curled first? It's awkward to say the least given once again it's not a natural of casual gesture, but yet it so poignantly stands out from the rest of the photo. Maybe that's the point.

Or, maybe. This was indeed a spontaneous photo and the curled fist comes from no particularly conscious thought. The woman, although seemingly elegant, is awkward such that humans are awkward. We do not always pose beautifully or elegantly or sensibly. We just do as we do, and perhaps this is the woman's quirk.

But, the viewer cannot know. It is then perhaps for the viewer to decide as what seems to be the strongest message being spoken by the photo. The viewer could of course simply continue to ponder, wonder, and explore for a few seconds or minutes what the possibilities within this world are.

In that way, this photo is brilliant.

Yes, I might be overthinking this all, but I cannot genuinely deny that the above is what the photograph sparked inside my brain. It moved me. It inspired me. It questioned me as I question it, and therefore this a wonderful piece of art. 
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