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Self-portrait

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Self-portrait of Luigi on 20/2/2021 – Exposure time 1/15 sec, Aperture f/5.0, Focal length 50 mm -Inspired by a photo of        Edward Steichen

Photo reading

1) Detailed Image Analysis:
The photograph is a black and white portrait of an elderly man leaning on a table, with an antique camera to his left and an old-fashioned telephone to his right. The man’s gaze is directed towards the camera, conveying a sense of contemplation. His pose is relaxed yet thoughtful, with one hand supporting his head. The textures in the image are rich and varied, from the worn surfaces of the camera and telephone to the fine lines on the man’s face, which tell a story of experience and age.

2) Interpretation of the Message:
This image seems to bridge the gap between the past and the present, with the man possibly representing the continuity of time. The presence of the antique camera and telephone suggests a nostalgia for the history of technology and communication. The man’s contemplative expression may be inviting the viewer to reflect on the progression of time and the role of individuals within it.

3) Technical Choices:

3a) Light: The light in the image is soft and appears to be coming from the side, creating a gentle shadow on the opposite side of the man’s face and providing depth to the image. The lighting accentuates the textures and shapes in the scene, giving it a sculptural quality.

3b) Image Planes: There are two main planes. The foreground includes the man and the objects on the table, while the background, with a gradient tone, ensures the focus remains on the subjects without distraction.

3c) Tones: The monochromatic tones help to focus on the textures and composition without the distraction of color. The use of grayscale adds a timeless quality and emphasizes the play of light and shadow.

3d) Framing: The portrait is tightly framed, centering the viewer’s attention on the man and the objects, creating an intimate atmosphere. This framing encourages the viewer to engage more deeply with the subject’s expression and the details of the objects.

3e) Point of View: The photo is taken at eye level, creating a sense of direct engagement with the subject. This perspective allows the viewer to connect with the man on a personal level.

3f) Subjects: The primary subject is the man, and the secondary subjects are the camera and telephone, which frame the man and suggest his interests or past profession, thereby contributing to the story.

3g) Compositional Structure: The composition is balanced with the man centered between the camera and the telephone. The lines of the table lead to the subject, and the circular shapes of the camera lens and telephone dial add visual interest.

3h) Dynamism: While the subjects are still, the man’s gaze and slight smile imply an inner dynamism, a spark of life and personality that engages the viewer and invites speculation about his thoughts or memories.