“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
― Kahlil Gibran
It’s been rightly said that photography is a play of light, this picture describes that in a rather beautiful manner.
Alessio Albi is one of those photographers, whose images are a treat for the creative mind. They’re atmospheric, thought-provoking and sometimes, even come out as somewhat peculiar. But if one digs deep and tries to understand the concept behind it, they will know how beautifully Alessio expresses that thought.
This picture, in particular, caught my eye.
I believe, through this picture, the photographer is talking about a past lover whose love and affection used to light the subject’s life up. But now for some reason, they are not together.
The subject is reminiscing and is in a state of nostalgia. Probably thinking about how elated she used to be when she was with her lover. Now, she looks to be sulking.
This visual beauty is very poignant and evokes a lot of feelings and thoughts in the viewer’s mind, and I believe, that is what art does to a person.
Looking from a technical perspective, I think it is really the magnificent lighting which really makes this picture great. It is important to know that the primary subject is the lantern and the lady is the secondary one.
The strong light from the lantern creates undulating curves and patterns all around which really add to the aesthetics and beauty of the photograph.
The light leads us in a diagonal manner to the face of the lady. The rule of thirds is also a major factor to this. The contrast, which is created using the light from the lantern and the shadows, is a necessary part of the expression behind the picture.
The overall setup, the type of lantern used, the dress worn by the lady – all add to the orthodox look that the photographer tried to create.
The posture of the lady and the colours all are brilliant additions to exhibit the idea underlying in this image.
Old love, heartbreaks, and nostalgia are heavily talked about subjects in art and there are a variety of individualistic ideas on them since the beginning of art itself. This is one of them.
It is an independent and stunning perspective on something which the society terms as cliché.
But clichés are what we humans dwell on usually, don’t we?
(If you think that I missed out on talking about any aspect in particular and want me to talk about it, feel free to mention it in the comments. Until next time!)