Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Guest Photo of the Day: Jean-Luc Delarue

Jean-Luc Delarue, originally uploaded by thomaskrauss.
I don't think anyone would call this a beautiful photograph, at least in the traditional sense; but I find it deeply affecting nevertheless. I think it's those beautiful eyes, peering intently under the top of the photograph, across the scrunched up nose. I wonder what the original photograph looked like -- a square image implies that cropping was involved. Did Thomas Krauss, the photographer, crop off the top of the photo, to intentionally produce this dramatically unbalanced image? Or was it a horizontal photo and he cropped it square to avoid extraneous distraction? Was the contrast this dramatic in the original, or is that an artist's addition? Whatever the case, it's a great example of what a good photographer can do, not by altering reality in any way, but by carefully calling attention to the right details through creative framing and lighting.

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