Street Photo of the Week #84

What’s your guilty pleasure? Come on, we all have at least one. What’s that one thing you know you shouldn’t do or get but still indulge in anyway every now and again?

Is it that big greasy burger with fries you’re digging into right now although you know you should be watching your waistline? (the diet cola you’re drinking with it isn’t really helping) Is it that sexy new phone you know you can’t afford but you might just give up on going out for the rest of the month to be able to hold it in your hand?

The thing about guilty pleasures is that we definitely know they’re bad for us and that’s what makes them feel so good at the same time ironically enough. Whether we realize it or not, deep down they satisfy an emotional need.

Street photography offers each of us a chance to understand ourselves and such quirks better by observing those around us. This past week was a chance to explore the theme of “Guilty Pleasures” and how one might portray them in one shot. Yes, it was challenging but that’s the fun part, right?

The most striking capture for the theme was the following by Enrico:


Photo by Enrico Markus Essl

A composition can either make or break a shot – you already know that. In this case, the composition not only makes the shot: it tells the whole story. It’s what makes this shot so powerful and memorable.

Not seeing the woman’s face is critical to the image’s effect and to the “guilty” side of the theme. Guilt implies something we don’t feel good about and often prefer to hide.

The main visual element, the “No Smoking” sign, juxtaposes nicely to cover her head from the viewer to provide both privacy and a dash of irony as the sign’s purpose is obviously being ignored. It makes one wonder: is this a private moment of indulgence or rebellion or perhaps both?

We’ll leave that up to you. Share your thoughts below!

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