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In His Element

By alistairfarrugia    
I shot this on a photo-walk in Gozo, Malta's sister island. I caught a glimpse of this man working in his garage and asked him if he minded me taking a picture. "Unfortunately" he posed for me, whilst I would have much preferred if he kept working. However I still feel the image portrays the character in his element, despite being posed. Hence, I wanted to share this here for comments, critique and if you feel like it, mods!



Tags: Man Wood Workshop Garage Worker Gozo Portraits and people Environmental portrait

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Teaka53 4 2 England
10 May 2014 8:14PM
I like this, the detail is wonderful, a craftsman in his element as you say

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
11 May 2014 6:29PM
I like the workman in his environment, Alistair, with all of those tools in the background, and the large wheel on the left, as well as the mucky old chair in the foreground. No frills here.

You invite modificatios so I had a go.
I cropped the image and added canvas to the bottom, using the rule of thirds as a guide and giving the chair legs a bit more breathing space. I then just made a few adjustments in Levels to help make the important elements stand out - the man, the wheel on the bench, the wheel in the foreground and that glorious chair.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
11 May 2014 9:09PM
Thanks Pamela, interesting points raised and a good mod. My only gripe about the mod is that maybe his face is a bit too close to the topmost edge now. Otherwise I like it. In particular, I'm impressed by how the bottom part of the front-wheel still seems to retain a good shape despite the stretch/transformation applied on it. I would probably not have picked up the change if you hadn't mentioned the added canvas at the bottom.

Correct me if I'm wrong, was your focus more on bringing the chair to the fore, as opposed to the workman?


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
15 May 2014 6:04PM
The man will always be your focus, Alistair, but some of the things around him are so interesting, like the tatty old chair, I just like it being in the foreground and a feature of the image.

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