As a reminder, but also to accommodate complaints that overanalysis is worthless (sic), we will re-state the essential elements for evaluating a picture. Two in our case.
Context: Two photographers, 2 nationalities, 2 countries, the same sea.
Impact: Critical view on the society
Artist's intent: Provocation through irony
Composition: Active framing (the image starting at the edges and going inwards)
Technical quality: Well balanced hard light, hyper-focal sharpness
Expressive value: Contradiction and allusion suspending the realistic representation and initiating the questioning phase to the viewer.
PS: Is that all, you would rightly protest. Yes, because the rest of it lies inside each one of us and I can only talk for myself, which I will.
Yulia is part of the scene, she was there with them for such a long time that probably nobody cared about her camera anymore. Of course the jump is what made her trigger the shutter, but mind you, the rest of the frame was composed well ahead. The multitude of solitudes represented here are interrupted by this very jump but the viewer knows that it was only for a short moment. By looking at the picture afterwards, the protagonists would probably have wished that time were suspended this way for ever.
Michael is a skilful follower and observer but he can also be a patient hunter. Already the subjects on the right side would have been enough to illustrate a social comment. But Michael is widening his frame to include the replicants which underline the contemporary tourist invasion of the once ascetic, but at the same time idyllic, places.
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