Peter Parks: Unique Image Framing

The Atlantic has a fantastic series called Photos of the Week, which is exactly what it sounds like — a selection of photos from the week. This week one of the photos is this intriguing image shot by Peter Parks. The objects in the foreground, Rafael Nadal and fans holding a variety of objects to be autographed, are obscured by the screen in the background, creating a pixelation effect along the edges. The framing of the shot is vital to the unique aspects of the picture. The pixelation effect is accomplished by only shooting in the area of the screen, providing a uniform background. The framing also cuts off the fans and objects, causing them to seem as if they were placed on background with a low-resolution copy-and-paste. The framing of the image, with the arms and objects dangling, also imbue the picture with an almost surrealist, unnatural vibe, despite being a photograph.

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