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A bit of a stretch, but it might stretch us a little
In reply to xtoph, Mar 26, 2013

From a blog, Living the Romantic Comedy, comes this:


Henry Bromell's "Big 5" Questions to Ask of a Scene:

Have we seen this scene before?

Is there a conflict?

Is there a subtext?

Does it go from A to B (have a shape)?

Is the language and tone interesting?

So let's apply this to street photos:

Have we seen this scene before? - My photo of the scene on my block that Berenice Abbott shot is probably better, but uninteresting if you've already seen hers.  The odds of yours or my next shot of people ignoring a homeless guy being of interest are about 10,000 to 1.

Is there a relationship?  Between the subjects, between the subject and the photographer, between the subject and the background, between the suject and some cultural trope?

Is there a subtext?  Hexars jumping dog shot creates a subtext by showing action take place in an  empty plaza.   The participants are not aware of that particularly.   HCB's bride on a swing, has a very funny juxtaposition to a scale, so there is a subtext of the groom weighing his bride in some fashion.

Does it have a story, that goes from A to B?  Does the photograph suggest a story and put a twist on what happened?

Are the graphical elements interesting?

I'm just trying these questions on for size.  Not committing to them.

Any thoughts?

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