"The idea of a Drama Queen and the balance between pride and lack of pride or perhaps pride in having no pride, becoming what you chose to become in such a manner that you push your forged identity onto others." --=Talescaper
Other piece of the series:
Vienna, 2006 Model: Kolja Photo by Sandra Keplinger
Edit 2008: Slightly edited the brightness of the elbow.
Ok, so i may not be (and i propably ain't) a street photographer. But i decided to enter the contest... why not? : ) Street photography is a thing i may not show on DA often but i really do like it and practise it quite often wandering the streets and beaches of my city.
Soooo... why i took this shoot? Being born at seaside 24 years ago I can't imagine living anywhere where there isn't beaches and sea. Still, never in my life did I go fishing. Taking photos of fisherman living in my area makes me think of some similarity between their activity and street photgraphy. I guess taking street shoots is a combination of skills, patience and luck... and so is fishing (for me, as an observer and person who never caught a fish in his life). Looking at the photo i still remember that rainy day and how cold my hands were as I forgot to take my gloves...
Photo was taken at Sopot/Poland somewhere in early October 2004. I took it with a Canon eos 33 camera with Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 lens attached, set at about 120mm and 5.6 aperture, exposure time was as far as I remember somewhere around 1/15th of a secon (no tripod used). Shoot on Kodak protofo 400@320 and scanned in a lab (therefore the tones). In photoshop: brightness +2, contrast +6, resize, white frame.
I wanted it to look a bit like Alice in Wonderland being caught with her hand in the cookie jar. When you're caught doing something you know you shouldn't be doing it alters your perception of the situation and forces you to make a conscious decision. I was interested in representing the point of decision (which always exists even if you're not aware of it), where you'll have to choose between the good and the bad, or in this case between the deadly sin of gluttony and the virtue of abstinence.
Note: Yes, the halo is very much intentional. I wanted the look to be reminiscent of an iconic portrait of a saint.