Why the Background is Just as Important as the Subject
Photographers that want to improve their portfolio of images should treat the background of their subject just as important as the subject themselves. For example, whenever I take candid photos of people, regardless of what the subject matter is, I try to infuse what is going on behind the subject and blend it to tell a story, therefore adding visual significance to the whole composition.
In the photograph below, taken at a Splashes of Hope event in Frederick, MD, I was conscious of the visual elements in the painting behind the artist. By using gazing direction, lines of continuity, and juxtaposition, the subject (the artist) is part of a story, not solely the primary focus of the photograph. Henri Cartier-Bresson was famous for using this technique in a lot of his pictures and is most evident in his series of portraits.
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