Two Viewers and One View
I chose this photo because of the two objects, the two men, in this photo are looking towards the same way. The man closest to the camera is blurred whereas the older man in the background is focused. This draws a connection to the theme which is the past and present of China; hence, when they’re looking at the same way, this means they’re both living towards the future.
Thus, something interesting in this shot is first, the composition. The man closest to the photo follows the rule of thirds where his composition is at the very left margin in the rule of thirds. On the other hand, the older man in the back is farther but are in two of the margin in the rule of thirds. Additionally, the color blue of the old man drags attention to the viewer and the green letters in his back act as a spotlight in the photo strengthens the focus.
To improve. I can be further away from the man closer to make him clearer and maybe less clear. Thus, drawing more meaning to the photos.
A Talk about the Past
I chose this photo because the objects, the two old ladies, are very interesting. The two ladies who are having the conversation are totally absorbed in their topic. In the background, other elders are sitting on the same bench from the leading line of the bench. This draws a connection to the theme of the photo which shows China’s past and present because the two ladies represent the past while they are in the present.
Some of the technical skills and interesting facts about this photo are the composition and angle of the shot. First, the composition of the two ladies in the photo is they’re facing towards each other, looking in the opposite direction. However, one lady, the lady sitting on the bench, looks at the same direction as the other elders in the background, but her body gestures suggest she’s leaning forward to the other lady on the bench which connotes the meaning of the focus of the photo is about the past. In addition, the bushes and benches in the back create an organized pattern, creating another leading line to the focus of the photo.
To improve, I would try making the photo black and white to convey a different feeling and also zoom in more to emphasize the focus of the photo.
The Old Man and the Children
I chose this photo because this shows a very clear theme of past, present, and future. Firstly, the man in the front sitting on a chair with bushes and leaves surrounding reveals the past of China. Secondly, the two women pushing two children in a cart in the back of the photo shows the future. Furthermore, the grey brick wall also denotes the negative side of the future since the colors usually represent the darkness.
Some techniques and interesting aspects are the compositions where the children and ladies in the back cover half of the photo and the man on the right covers the other half, perfectly details the two sides of the photo. Moreover, the colors, as said before, clearly draws a connection to the theme where green signifies the past and black and white of the brick wall signifies the future.
To improve, I would say trying to take the photo in a different angle to make it more vivid and not this rigid.
A “Hi” on the Bikes
I chose this photo because of the actions and movements on the bikes. This snapshot captures two groups of people. The first group is the main focus which is the man and the kid on the tricycle in the mid-ground, this layer of the photo represents the past and future because of the tricycle-cart they’re sitting in which is from traditional China, whereas the kid in the cart represents the future. Additionally, the man in the foreground is blurred, just the same as the people in the background behind the bridge, drawing a connection to China’s present.
The color red of the cart and the door in the background creates connection, showing the relation of past and present. Furthermore, the pink jacket the kid in the cart is wearing not only conveys a child’s naiveness and innocence, but also connects to the other two red objects in the photo, drawing a connection to the past and present. The rule of thirds is used horizontally where the main focus, the man waving and his tricycle, is in the middle, while the foreground and background is blurred but still connoting meaning.
To improve, if possible, I would line the object to show the people inside the cart more and the man can be more blurred so that the focus can be clearer.
Still vs. Move Between the Waters
I chose this photo because of the main object and the background supplementary objects of this photo. Specifically, the main focus, the old man, sits still beside a lake, waiting for fish; on the other hand, the carts on the other side of the river are moving fast in a line. Thus, this still position and movement on the other side creates a strong contrast. On the contrary, the theme of China’s past, present, and future is denoted through the clothing and color of objects where the old man wears a blue modern shirt with a cap while the carts on the other side have the color red and are designed traditionally. Hence, these show the theme of China’s present and past.
As said before, the color reflects the theme well in this photo; however, the composition gives more meaning. The photo follows the rule of thirds horizontally because the old man in the foreground are in the bottom margin while the water in the lake is in the middle and the carts are in the background. This shows the distance between the objects which draws the meaning that the man is longing to be with the carts but it’s hard to achieve. The reflection in the lake emphasizes the theme of past stronger.
To improve, I would take the photo in a different angle, perhaps placing the man in the center of the photo.