Thomas, 2006

Thomas (2006) is a black and white portrait of a young man on the cusp of adulthood.

The image was shot with a Nikon D70 set at 200 ISO. The subject was situated in a white walled room, with diffused daylight entering through windows to the left and in front of him, and through a skylight above him.

Reading the Photograph - Guiding Questions

Describe the content of this photograph in relation to the composition. Where is the subject placed within the frame, and within the depth of the image? What is he wearing? What is his facial expression?

What is the impact of diffused lighting on the visual details in this photograph?

The subject looks beyond the viewer. How does this influence your connection with him?

The word ‘independent’ sits across his chest, while the cords of his hoodie, knotted together at the top, drop down in front of him. What do you think this combination of visual information symbolises?

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