Disappointed that no one is giving a couple of reasons for their selection. Of course it is personal, subjective … etc … but please try harder. Or don't try at all.
We are flooded by "Picture of the day/month/year" … worldwide contests "Best portrait/landscape/action" … but no one is daring to give their justification for the selection.
No time? Then stop doing this. No reasons? Then keep your silence.
CURATING IS NOT AN ADOLESCENT COLLECTION OF FAVOURITES!
Having said that, here is an image that the author labels it "the Selfie". I do not know Nicola or his work, I have just sent out a friendship request.
I am repeating myself by saying that a powerful image is presenting its impact at thumbnail (contact-sheet) level. It is already transmiting its architecture and its mojo even if it is blurred or small.
Most of the times, when we open up (print) large a great picture, it does not give us any more answers. Can be sharper, have some recognisible tiny objects, but (here for example), the huge abstract face created by the elements would not be clearer or less mysterious in large.
Against any compositional rule or aesthetics, this image is playing with our certainties. And it makes them doubt in a subtle way.
"This is symmetric". No, it is not, the shadows are asymmetric.
"This is a Fellinian background". No, it is not. It is a town.
"This is too noisy". No, it is not. It could not be otherwise.
"This is a photograph." No, it is not. It is the photographer's dream put in an image. And we all know how difficult is it to grasp and share a dream.
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