When I’m asked to judge photography competitions, I look for originality obviously. I prefer a great photograph of an ordinary subject to an ordinary photograph of a great subject. I often think: “What has the photographer seen that I wouldn’t have seen?” Mostly I really like photographs that are not obvious, are a bit weird, that make you look harder and think: “What is going on?”
I also like pictures with lighting and composition or perspective that are not “normal”. And I like them to have a strong graphic element, where there is an overall “design” at work.
So with that in mind, I picked this photograph. I took it last November from our hotel room in Cairns with a 500mm mirror lens. It breaks all the rules: the power pole is right up the middle, the light is completely flat, and the woman’s head is cut off at the top. Hope you like it.
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