Negative space and chat

Challenge #12 in the Photo chat series. Hosted by AndrePooh, barb_s.
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Negative space : Subjects that are nicely composed against negative space backgrounds. Negative space is defined as the area of an image not occupied by shapes or forms. Not only the subject, but also the negative space should be interesting. See this google search: This is a complex challenge, please read the instructions and the and the comments first.*** Also enter a -dummy- photo as shown in the example below as a second picture. Then make comments about the compositions and arrangements and pp of the other photo's in this challenge. Eventually you can take and enter the second picture of your rearrangement of the same objects, by withdrawing the dummy photo.
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Man in the mirror II
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This image here is the photographic representation of "Rubin's Vase" which is a well-known example of "negative space" (more specifically is an example of figure-ground reversal). On the following link, ,you read that "...Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image... (it) can be used to depict a subject in a chosen medium by showing everything around the subject but not the subject itself...". To fulfill at the best the challenges rules, I even put the light source (blurred lamp) and the faces in two different planes. It is obvious that nothing is perfect (and this image is far from being perfect) so any criticism and advice is well accepted. Sadly some of you suspected that this photo was not fulfilling the rules... Anyway, I must be grateful to Patty Capps and amitabhkumar for some useful suggestions!
Submitted: Thursday, 1st March, 2012 16:25 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 27th February, 2012
Focal length: 140 mm
Shutter speed: 1/80 sec
Aperture: F5.1
ISO: 640
Views: 650
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