Long Sleeve Sessions

By: Gustav Hoiland

Oct 05 2010

Category: skateboard

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Mental Prep

Two things here, and they’re related. First is the giant blackness of that shirt. A huge hole of a lightless chasm dominating the top of the frame. Second thing is the distortion of perspective and wide angle-ness that makes his neck look bigger than his feet with arms that dwarf legs.

The nice thing about the blackness is its relative purity in that it’s no longer about it, but rather the space around it. This makes the shapes created under the arms suddenly of interest, and the sharpness of the ever-curvy line that is its circumference plays nicely against the general rigidity of the rest of the elements here. Even without any detail to go off of we can still gauge the shape of the body beneath through overall posture’n whatnot, which is another optical trick all of its own.

The wide angle’s strong point here I think is it’s ability to get us very close to the subject while maintaining this high-up perspective. We see the glint of his earring straight on, but by the bottom of the frame we’re looking nearly straight down at his feet and the ramp dropping far below.

I also love how his skin tone perfectly matches that of the boards and his pants the concrete.

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