Everyone has an opinion. I don’t know if it’s an American thing, or a guy thing, or a human thing, but if you give someone two of anything, they’re bound to like one of them better. When it comes to photographs, most people can give you very specific reasons why they like one picture over another. I myself find that to be a very good thing.
Of course I have my own opinions as to which of my photographs work, and which ones don’t, and as a result, most people don’t see versions of different scenes that they might actually find more appealing. That’s okay with me, because my style is evolving, and that evolution is based upon what I like. It’s intended to be a reflection of my personality and my own view of the world.
There are reasons why I present different scenes in different ways. Let’s take a look at a few, and you can make up your own mind as to which are better.
THE TATTOO ARTIST -
I lost the neon in this shot, but it does well without it. The signage painted on the window leaves no doubt as to what’s happening, and the fact that the subjects are closer makes it much more personal. The steepness that it was taken at gives the subjects a more powerful position, and the crazy angle that had to be used gives it a bit of a surreal look.
THE PORTHOLE -
We were walking around the streets of Portland Maine when we passed this side street. This street had a really kind of squalid look to it, and I really liked the Coca-Cola sign that might have been there for decades. I got a kick out of the sea gull on the roof of the building behind, as well.
I like the second version much better, however. The sign is still featured, but there’s so much more of the street that shows what attracted me to it to begin with. There’s the chipping and faded paint, a patchwork roof, mismatched windows, and more. And although i might have lost the sea gull in the background, I gained a life preserver in one of the windows!
CAPE ELIZABETH -
Lighthouses are just cool, and this one at Cape Elizabeth in Portland is no exception. In fact, it comes pretty close to having everything I’d think of if we were to have a discussion of lighthouses. There’s of course the big light towere itself, but also a pretty substantial home for the keeper and well-kept grounds. It sits high on the end of a rocky promontory, and has a commanding view over the water. In this photograph, the sky is blue, and relatively featureless, which can sometimes be a problem. However, in this case I think it frames the bottom third very well, and there is certainly enough there to hold your interest.
This second photo only has a piece of the lighthouse in it, but I like it much better. Whenever I think of a lighthouse, the first word that comes into my mind is “isolated”. To me, that’s what this picture says. In the previous picture, there are tourists that can be seen if you look closely, and that just kills it for me!
So there are three that I like, and three that I don’t particularly care for.
What do you think?