Dominique Joseph Homework 1

The photograph I chose is an untitled one by Suzanne Stein. The photo consists of man and woman dancing in the rain at the West Indian Day parade. They are both surrounded by a whole bunch of people on the parkway. The woman is dressed in her costume with the Bajan flag around her leg and the man is dressed in black with a Trini flag around his head. They are both soaking wet and everything they have on is sticking to them. Since it’s the West Indian Day parade that means the location of the photo is Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I think the intention of the photographer was to capture two people sharing a moment even though a whole bunch of people are around them. The photo shows what seems like an intimate moment even though there’s a big possibility that these people don’t know each other. The feeling that I get from this photo is that of living your best life. The photo is saying have fun regardless of what’s going on around you.

One of the formal elements that I notice in the photo is Leading Line. The yellow line in the road makes you want to raise your head up and lead you up to their faces. Another element I notice is Diagonals. The direction of the photo was taken mad the yellow lines in the road diagonal which gives the photo a sense of movement. And one last element I notice is Fill the Frame. The couple in the photo take up majority of the frame, making them the focal point while everything else going on around them is secondary.

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1 Response to Dominique Joseph Homework 1

  1. rmichals says:

    Nicely stated. As you say, the party goes on even in the rain.

    The only thing that is a little contradictory is that the woman’s expression does not look happy. In fact, her expression makes me think that maybe they do not know each other.

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