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"JUST SO."

Black and white photos should be the standard of photography. When one can't rely on the "crutch of color," emphasis then must be placed on composition, shading, and scope. It is for these three reasons I enjoy this piece. I shall go into detail.

COMPOSITION
The Subject matter choice holds the attention. We don't know who this girl is; we're given no context. We see that she is pretty, and someone is handling her face. Is she a model preparing for a shoot? Perhaps she is sad and a lover is consoling her. We just don't know. It is this lingering curiosity that makes one study the piece, and think about it. A good picture ALWAYS make the observer contemplate.

SHADING
Even with a good composition, a black and white photo can go horribly wrong if the contrast isn't correct. (I improperly call it "shading" - but you get the drift.) Here, the hand and thumb are the brightest points of the photo. They serve as a beacon - like an arrow, bringing our attention to the subject's slightly parted lips. From there, our eyes are carried along shadows playing across the subject's pale skin cast by her dark hair - away form her face into what is presumably, the sun beyond. The dark, upward arching eyebrow also guides us in that direction, assisting in the visual flow. Together, they help to give the viewer's eyes a natural progression to follow - from-hand to-lips-to-cheek-to-hair - to out of photo.

SCOPE
Finally, it is the limited scope of this piece which makes it memorable. Half of the subject's face is hidden. We don't see the face of the person in front of her. We have no knowledge of location. Outside? Inside on a sunny day? Without these clues for our minds to place the photo into a familiar context, it forces us to wonder, to strive to find some rational meaning for the photo, which, will never be provided ( but does it need one? ). For me, when my mind can't find a rational basis, it sets off on wild speculation, which, I happen to enjoy.

WHAT I SEE?
So I leave you with this. When I saw this picture my first response was to the romantic; This is the manner in which I've held girlfriends' mouths in the past, directly before or after a kiss to position her head "just so." I speculate that that the person holding her mouth is male, and he cares for her deeply. As such, the photo evokes positive emotions, and I place it in the "Like" column.
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fum316 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Black And White Heart Emote- Free To Use Blue hearts -Free To Use 
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Louyetu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful !
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there! Thank you for faving my painting White Beach! I'm glad you liked it. 
I took a moment to check out your gallery and I think your photos are really nice. This one is my personal favorite of them. 

Thanks again and Happy New Year!
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional
Its my pleasure Dear :glomp:

And Thank You! :)
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bond2love Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Sublime! :clap::rose:Love 
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Bazz-photography Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Photographer
Excellent work!
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional
Thank You! :heart:
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LADYJIN Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here on :

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Bosslogix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Love your B/W photography, got a good eye for it :)
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aqwamarin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
ale przepiękne! :heart: zakochałam się w Twoich zdjęciach i całej Twojej galerii! c:
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional
Oh bardzo milo mi to slyszec! :aww:
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:iconveropuzzle:
Veropuzzle Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this one!!
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:iconmanzg:
ManzG Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
"LIKE" :)
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:iconnishmakotak:
NishmaKotak Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This angle is amazing, beautiful shot!
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AkronadoreR Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Oh! What a capture... lovely!
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:iconserifer:
Serifer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
~d[-.-]b~Pure Love~d[-.-]b~
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Noctilucentme Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Photographer
Amazing photo, very sensitive.
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crh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This should get a DD! great intimate moment wonderfully captured!
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Negatic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional
thanks, I also have fondness for this image :)
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sol500 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
:wow:amazing:hug:
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silverybeast Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   General Artist
beautiful photo... amazing :iconlittleheartplz:
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FenwickParrody Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student General Artist
This, is actually perfect.
Perfect in my eyes.
So amazing.
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lumixdmc850 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Wow, beautiful portret!!
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bleann3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your photography is beautiful!
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richie-on-a-mission Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that's a really lovely face :) I would like to paint it ^^
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional
If You want :aww:
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richie-on-a-mission Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Who is this pretty girl and where I can find other photos? :D
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional
b[link] better?
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richie-on-a-mission Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yep :) thx
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Jedenastka Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
:heart:
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Weballergy87 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
love that one
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alainabourrel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Loveeeeeee it
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t4mk4t Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this photo the most out of your formidable gallery of photography! The composition and subject matter are very emotive and thus, endearing! :) Amazing use of B&W and the soft blur is perfect!
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional
Thank You for all :love:
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t4mk4t Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome! :)
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kuyaedwin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
beautiful...
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Annie-Rosse Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student General Artist
omg..this is beautiful. my breath has been taken away -completely.
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Zolotron Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
wooooooooow
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keksimtee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is the best photo in your gallery. I like the fact that her face is slightly obscured, and her expression is just great. Really good picture
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great photo! She is very pretty!
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lilsoapywater Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, very emotive ♥ You should be proud!
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FeuerKnight Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I loved this one
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turbinedave Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so beautiful
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional
Thank You for the comment and favs :love:
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Nekurai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
This is so romantic and sweet!! :)
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional
Thank You for the comments and favs :love:
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Nekurai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
you're welcome!! you have an awesome gallery :)
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really really beautiful! Simple, but it shows everything!!!
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anaPhenix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
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:iconnegatic:
Negatic Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional
Thank You! :aww:
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