At times, many artists and photographers are unsure whether they should choose a horizontal or vertical frame for their compositions. If you shoot medium format negatives or you're an artist that primarily designs in a square, the question is irrelevant. However, if you are working with any dimensions wider than a square, meaning a rectangle, this dilemma needs to be addressed. Even though there is no simple answer, it's best always to consider your subject, the mood you want to portray, and the elements you want to lock into your chosen rectangle.
In the photograph below, taken at a hospital in Frederick, MD, I decided to shoot an image going vertical to echo the vertical lines of the doors in the background. Additionally, I also wanted to be able to capture the animation in the artists legs - creating a sense of movement and energy. To learn more tips and techniques, click here.