I really love the simplicity in this photo! At first I was a little put off by the very shallow DOF, but then I saw the ant and I think the use of the shallow DOF works wonderful here. This photo sure invokes some great emotions - strength, encouragement, empowerment - it reminds me how no matter how small or insignificant one may seem - they can be more powerful than imaginable.
I think this photo would have much more of an impact as a whole with a different crop - maybe cropping out the top of the photo. For this, I can’t give a perfect 10, but for the pure emotion invoked by the photo and the unique capture – I give it a 9! And I am adding this as a favorite!
Okay – I just cannot get this photo out of my head. There is something about it that is haunting me! I love the graininess of it! I love the almost surrealistic qualities of it! I really just only wish it had a different crop. I usually don’t do this – but since I absolutely cannot get this photo out of my mind, you deserve the extra point. This is a 10 – regardless of the crop! This is a 10 purely for the artistic qualities of this photo and the emotion it invokes!
I love b/w surrealistic/artistic movies (I just got done watching Eraserhead yesterday). This photo makes me think of the beautiful cinematography of those movies (not the feelings of Eraserhead – but other b/w artistic/surreal movies – like my favorite movie Pi). I am only mentioning this because these movies invoke so many emotions and they are so beautiful. And that is the same feeling I am getting with your photo here.
It is one thing to have a pretty photo that fits into the same cookie cutter shape of other pretty photos – but it is something so much more to have such a beautiful, emotionally captivating photo such as yours here – even with the simplicity of the subject – I think that is what makes it more emotionally captivating, because it invites the viewers own emotions into the photo.
I know I am now just rambling – but I am very bad about turning my emotions into words – and I really want you to know how this photo has enthralled me!
One more ETA:
Okay – I don’t mean to keep coming back to your photo, but I just can’t help myself. In my last comments I had said that I thought it could use a different crop. I was viewing your photo on my laptop last night with a small resolution, so I was not able to see the entire photo on my screen at once. Now that I am at work and am able to look at it in its entirety on my monitors, I must say I really do love the crop you choose. The in focus area of the concrete on the top gives almost the illusion of a starry sky above the main subject, and the light OOF area behind the subject gives the illusion of a horizon in the distance. It sure does help add to the surrealistic qualities of the photo!
I am dieing to know whose photo this is!
I will try not to come back and add to my already LONG comment – but I can’t make any promises! I just can’t pull myself away from your photo!