The rickshaw driver’s dress and the tricycle are so prominent and unique in this picture. The main reason I didn’t make them a close-up is to convey more background information and show more of the background story. But nevertheless, I let them occupy the position of the main visual center.
I am not a pandering person, nor am I very good at catering to the tastes of others. It was in the spirit of being true to my heart that I picked up my camera and went on my photographic journey. But this also means that my photography may be full of more uncertainty. In fact, an adult should be good at making trade-offs between reality and ideals, and must know how to make them. Admittedly, they do make it difficult!
Everyone has a different perspective and aesthetic orientation towards the same picture, which causes different people to interpret the same picture differently. From this picture, you may get what you want. Just as an optimistic person will be glad to see half a glass of milk on the table, a pessimistic person will complain about the reason why there is only half a glass of milk. Of course my analogy is not too exact. Interpreting this example through the lens of pessimism and optimism inherently contains preconceptions about personal values. But what I am saying is that the perspective people use to see things is the main difference in perception.
In fact, you can also see in this picture how difficult it is to make a living. The pedestrians and the rickshaw driver are dressed for a cold winter day. The pale white light reflected on the ground also seems to deepen this visual experience (the sunlight is miserable and weak and does not give warmth). The use of the wide angle of the lens creates a sense of isolation and visual tension between the subject and the surroundings, expressing the isolation and helplessness of the rickshaw driver. And indeed it does. In this dripping cold weather, there is naturally not a single customer, nor any person who comes to talk to him. They had to stay here for an hour, two hours, or even more, compared to those who worked in the warmth of the office.
Shooting date: December 30, 2020
Location: Nanjing Fuzi Temple Scenic Area, China