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Photo Critique #158

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Friday Photo Critique is our weekly community project, where we publish a photograph submitted by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the image. It’s a great way to learn more about photography, express your viewpoint, and have your own image critiqued!

Quick Ground Rules

  1. Play nice! We’ve deliberately chosen photographs that aren’t perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
  2. Feel free to offer any type of advice – composition, lighting, post-processing etc.
  3. You can also link to photographs that you feel offer a great example of this type of image shot exceptionally well.

Without further ado, here is this week’s candidate for Friday Photo Critique!

The Photograph

Photo Details & Inspiration

  • Panasonic DMC-FX12
  • 5.8mm
  • 1/800
  • f/2.8
  • ISO 100

I shot this in downtown, central Lima, Peru. A dog resting in the sun oblivious to the authority cast by the police in full riot gear, stationed alongside. I wanted to show another side to the scenes normally captured with the police in South America.

The capture can be interpreted in many ways, and I leave these open to the viewer. But for me, I wanted to provoke thought and forge some humor into what is normally a scene of fear and violence. I liked the way the dog's appearance seems to subvert and discombobulate the work of the armed police. The dog's meditative or sleeping posture represents a force of peace and non-violent behavior against a backdrop of oppressive elements.

Photographer: Larry Hallegua

Please let us know what you think in the comments – how would you have approached the scene or taken the photo differently? A massive thank you to everyone who commented last week.

The most constructive and helpful comments will be featured on the site. Interested in submitting your own photo? You can do so here!

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