Domestic Foreign

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 16 2011

Category: portrait

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Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D


A single coffee shop has played host to innumerable casual coffees with the women that I converse with, travelers all of them to some degree. Or rather displaced persons, temporary residents like myself in this city of students. Getting themselves home, going abroad, graduating, lots of G verbs that spell their separation from this locale.

Two things. The first being something I just realized when reviewing this. The arch in the bricks is a leading line, but it’s a curved line. A leading arc. I think until now I had largely assumed leading lines were straight, the suspicion being that on some subconscious level I don’t consider curves when crafting compositions through the viewfinder.

The second, a more enduring and difficult aspect of photography. Faces. Expressions. Etc. She photographed me first in this situation before handing the camera my way. Throughout her perhaps 10 photos I was intensely conscious of my overall look, from lips to toes. Constantly shifting it, adjusting to hopefully project myself how I wanted to appear. She composes the space, but I the subject compose myself.

I didn’t give her any direction, look-wise. And so I wonder, what rolled through her head during my framing of her?

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