(For the photographers among you: it is a four-exposure pan-burst captured on a handheld Nikon P7000).
It gets a three because the composition is slightly off. The two right-hand figures need moving slightly to the left, and slightly upwards - so that the beachcomber's eyes align precisely with the two signs on the foreground's brick walls. Those sign's wording cannot be seen at this resolution; but they each say, 'WARNING: Anti-climb paint,' which, together with the beachcomber's body language and apparel; the fence separating her from the expensive apartments on the left; and the horizon that they dominate, convey the image's subliminal context.
The 'Left' and 'Right' (political) arrangement, together with the 'Threatening' and 'Promising' distribution of the clouds were a bonus.
It was taken while we were all waiting for the full results of the UK's EU Referendum, and forms part of a series of shots that presented themselves as I mused upon the topic.
I'm tempted to rearrange those two figures in Photoshop; but it wouldn't be true to the street-photography genre that it emulates.
The image was produced as part of a simple exercise that many photojournalists undertake on a regular basis to hone that precious skill of being able to present the world in all its intricate contexts, whilst not interfering with what they record. The trick is to absorb the atmosphere, observe, listen, and pay attention - without introducing your personal presence or prejudices into what you frame.
Most times you have to identify the correct stationary elements - and then wait...
The results are not always perfect; but photojournalism records reality - it is not manipulative art. (Purists may cry 'foul', pointing to the panoramic technique employed to produce the above image; but Cartier-Bresson would have to laugh - as do I, given the same purists' silence over video).
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