cannot tell what makes a picture very funny while looking
pretty everyday. I don't mean laughable or jesting, just
funny in an amiable way. There's some genuine calling in
the way this musician looks at his guitar. I can see it
is earnest but still cannot think of this as a gravely serious
situation. And this makes me feel like smiling!
But you should pay attention to one thing. If you view yourself
into the picture very much, that is, you cannot detach yourself
from your own photo, then you cannot spot the awkwardness
in the loftiest, most serious or even the most tragical
thing, because you're so involved with your own interpretation.
This is a bit like love which makes you blind: somewhere
deep I know the beloved one is a bit ugly and dumb, making
a fool of me on top of it all, but still I cannot see them
as they are.
Why do I say this?
Because serious can easily turn into ridiculous, funny into
miserable, tragical into comical, and instead of being overwhelmed,
you sometimes start to laugh in embarrassment.
And this is because the fingers of our guitarist are not
all visible! If I were a musician, I could tell this is
due to the chord he's fingering, but I'm a photographer
and may not be aware of the reason. But the visibility problem
is still there. Well, if this was a chords book, I'd be
happy about finding photos in it as illustrations, but at
the same time I'd be annoyed about the fingers not being
clearly visible on the strings. But now I'd rather say,
jokes put aside, that I have the uneasy feeling that he's
missing some fingers and strives hard to play his instrument.
(I have seen such a thing and it was not very pleasing.)
You can say, of course, that if this was a full-figure photo,
I wouldn't even notice this, and also that it is virtually
impossible to make a good photo about someone playing the
guitar, showing all the fingers and having good lights,
and so on, and so on.
My point is that if you're taking such a fine and boldly
composed picture, pay attention to such small but important
things as well! Pretty please!