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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

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Upwards & Distracted, Srinagar, India, 2007

“UPWARDS” IS A PHOTOGRAPH about faith, and I’ll discuss it here with its companion image, “Distracted.” “Distracted” is about faith as well, but both say—or endeavor to say—different things about faith. The difference between the potential message of each photograph lies entirely in the choice of moments and the difference in framing.

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Both of these were photographed with the permission of the woman, a grandmother praying in a mosque, with her grandson. The gesture of the first image, “Upwards,” is an upwards gesture. That gesture comes from the vertical framing and the fact that the center of interest—the ...

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