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From the series "Congorilla"
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Love my mondays since I share with you my favorites models: my mini King Kongs. They are so patient and don't chat.
This photo, as you can see, is quite special in terms of composition. I'm not following many rules here, but since the purpose of these rules is to go beyond them, I feel okay. And I trust my intuition. By the way, that's the best thing coming after years behind a viewfinder: I don't need anymore to over-think a composition. It came naturally (on the condition to know first, of course, the reason for the camera to be in my hands and not in its cosy compartment…). On this scene, two looks attracted my eyes, and I could not choose which one to favor. I know (yeap, I know myself pretty pretty well on this subject…) that when it's not obvious, something else is here but I don't catch it. Afterwards, I understood that the importance here was beyond the looks, which is rare (I'm a partisan of get the eyes right and the story will come). The thing not to miss was the gesture, an embrace from one of the two females, young, around the same age (nope, it's not a NC-17 rating). It was tender and lovely. I'd got, on this scene, around 5 photos, but none, but this one, had the gesture in its expressive concentration. No dilution with something superfluous, no redundant lines upsetting the viewers' concentration, no visual signs missing for a comprehensive reading.
As photographers, we have neither as many pages we wish nor a wealth of video frames to build our stories. To tell these ones, we have only one photo. One. In a square format, it's like trying to write 'War and peace' in the form of a haiku. But technical limitations, like theoretical dogmas (as Dogme 95 of Lars Van Triers) and arbitrary convenance by the censure (think about the way to show a kiss in a movie during the 30's and the application of puritan Hays code), all these restrictions, wished or unwanted, are helping us. We have to surpass the problems. We have to find solutions. It's the reason I don't like zoom lenses: I get lazy with them while it's always better to move my ass, to search and find the good angle. Usually, when I do something, something appears, like a composition I didn't think about earlier. The difficulty is a source of originality.

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