A parenthesis after watching in the news, a cultural mag promoting a TV persona as photographer. Have you ever thought why someone, when successful in something, is trying to be a good photographer too?
Nowadays, clever but untalented people see quite quickly that their visual success (as TV animators, movie makers and even bloggers) can lead them to promote themselves as inspired photographers!
I would stick to the positive aspect: photography is a sanctuary that many want to attain, a kind of a beatification, an absolution of prior sins.
Back to our photograph, the high, almost vertical, vantage point (bird's eye) is one of the best suited to photography. Kertész knew this very well (Tokyo Umbrellas).
It provides the necessary distance and invisibility for the photographer, it is familiar from our top-view drawings at school, it advantages the composition using shapes and abstractions, and finally it is amalgamated in our ancestral desire to fly.
The present image passes all the visual tests of rotating it upside-down (the first photographers where forced to check their compositions inverted) and of maintaining its force at any size (from thumbnail to full screen).
The author risks by insisting to portray situations considered nowadays stereotypes (umbrellas, raindrops, top view abstractions), but he is doing it with such a brio that we put aside any preconception and admire a perfectly balanced, elegantly framed, street view where we can smell the rain on the sidewalk!
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