A photo not always depicts what is really going on at that specific (frozen) moment in time. The reason for this is that the context is not always clear. The photographer has the power to ‘hide’ the surroundings by carefully framing (or cropping in post-processing) and therefore creating a new photographic ‘reality’ in the process. For photojournalists this is a huge responsibility, because they can easily manipulate the story by not framing what doesn’t support their view (or their clients), thus not necessarily telling the whole story.
But when it’s not about war, politics, environmental disaster, etc. framing is a very important means to an end: an esthetically pleasing photograph that ‘tells’ a story or evokes a certain feeling the photographer is looking for.
And this photo shows Sorena, completely alone at the top of the Rockefeller Tower, musing about something or someone important she has recently lost. At least that’s what I’m thinking, looking at this photo, but reality is different. At that moment, close to sunset, there were probably over 200 people at the ‘Top of the Rock’. I had to wait more than ten minutes to get this one opportunity to photograph Sorena alone, without people standing directly next to her (shoulder to shoulder) and without people walking inside or through my frame. I had to shoot in portrait orientation, but then I finally got the one moment to frame her the way I wanted and with the Empire State Building in the background.