As I walked into the office last week, fellow photographer Paul Hellstern said, “Hey Bryan, my wife’s friend is upset with you for chopping her granddaughter’s head off.”
“I’m sorry, I hope she recovered,” I replied.
I understand that parents want to see the faces of their children in the newspaper, but sometimes concentrating on a detail in a photo can add to the story, as well. In an effort to make up for this I thought I would post a different picture of her and explain why this happens.
I explained to Paul that I had already taken similar photos of children with their Easter egg baskets and I was looking for a photo that emphasized other details of the day. This is often the case when a person’s head or torso is left out of a picture. Generally when a face and eyes are visible the viewer almost always looks there first. By leaving them out a viewer is drawn toward a different spot in the picture.