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The Fall

By Kathumane  
There was a family that were by far the happiest on the ice rink, the father kept falling but still owned the largest smile on the ice rink too. I spoke to a german that was watching next to me, he said "I used to skate a lot, and these are very bad" (laughing) I said I did too and agreed, we then talked about our past. Laughing at other fallers along the way. Must have seen this a dozen times, I didn't keep count but knew I had lots of opportunities like this. Sometimes he just sat there, to rest or something, must have got a wet arse. Still kept that smile though.

Tags: Photo journalism Street Film Ice Skating Darkroom Norwich Photojournalism Candid Documentary Black and white Kathumane Portraits and people

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bcasey3 14
6 Dec 2006 5:27AM
The composition of this shot is very nice. A perfect blend of black, white and middle grays that is complemented by the balanced lighting. The focus is strong, I like how he is the only still object in the picture, as if the world is going on without him. The only way you might be able to get the best out of this print is to not center the man. Follow the golden rule of thirds. I really like this peice and look forward to seeing more in the future! Keep up the good work!
stix 16 924 87 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2006 1:37PM
techinally this picture is fine,as far as I can see. My problem is whats the story?( not withstanding your long intro), whats going on to hold my interest. Its a bloke who's fallen on the ice ( hold the front page !), not excatly unuusal at an ice rink.
Maybe if we could have seen his face, with some emotion of pain or resignation that he's a crap skater,that could have lifted the shot.
accystan 16 132 6 Canada
6 Dec 2006 2:55PM
I tend to agree with Martin. It would have more impact if we could see a human face in the pic - in fact it desperately needs a face in there.

Just my opinion.

Dave D

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