History of Man

Once again the street surprises me! All I had was a little point and shoot, but fortunately this subject didn’t need to be told to hold still. On the side of a small independent restaurant, an enterprising street artist had decided to make a statement.

In the Biblical account, mankind fell when a “forbidden fruit” was sampled because man decided he wanted his own way. Now, in juxtaposition with this classic story, we find modern man perhaps tasting another forbidden fruit?

I leave the reader to interpret the message the artist struggled to depict in a cramped space. For me, I was just so awed that a work like this was to be found outside of an art gallery!

The lighting for this shot was fortunately quite soft as the nearby building provided shade. When outdoor lighting is hard and harsh, often the best way to defeat the overly distinct shadows caused by these conditions is to make use of shade. The reflected light coming from larger perceived light sources such as the pavement or other buildings automatically diffuses the light source. This is especially true of portraits where the sunlight can cause unflattering shadows particularly at mid-day. But find the shelter of a tree or building and things become both easier and much more flattering.

Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/320

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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