2011, North Waiting For His Food
There is always a special power in images where the subject is looking directly at the photographer. This power is amplified when the image is a candid rather than a posed portrait. Why? The most obvious reason is that many believe that the eyes are the window to the soul. Even if you don’t subscribe to that particular idea, the fact of the matter is that having a photography subject looking directly back at you changes the viewing experience for most of us. Instead of a passive overview of a moment in time, we somehow feel more drawn in and connected to the person we are looking at. The most famous example of that would probably be Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl” image for National Geographic.
This image of a boy waiting for his food in a restaurant isn’t a particularly strong image in comparison to the greats of the genre. But it does have a sense of patience and perhaps frustration. The slightly off balance horizon probably feeds into that a little bit. I like the softness of the lighting. Though in retrospect I might have tried to dodge the exposure in his eyes a bit to bring them out a bit more. Having a catchlight in both eyes would have helped also. But that is the sort of thing that is really hard to think about when you are trying to catch a fleeting moment. Finally, I might have liked to see how this image would have looked with his arms to the table in view. Little kids with their chin on their hands is a very cute pose. But having the arms in there might have given even more of a sense of “waiting”.
Canon 5D, 800ISO,1/60 @ f/5.6, 16-35/2.8 L