Monday, January 23, 2012

“Skull shirt” Photograph

What interests me about this photograph is how the large white skull affects the way we look at the man and woman. It is almost unavoidable to make some link or comparison between this shirt design and the way they look.

This, of course, is a normal function of composition as the viewer assumes some intention behind the elements of a photograph that has been selectively isolated from its wider context. There is truth in this as it was the skull design that caught my eye to be photographed but I do feel a slight sense of guilt in leading how people view this couple who I’m sure have lovely, unskull-like personalities in real life.

This minor guilt has now been relieved by writing these comments.

Photograph taken at “Sunday Walking Street”, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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