The chase. The frenzy. The fear. The expedition. The hunt.
There are so many themes that come into my mind when I see this. I think the underlying question for me is, what stylistic elements enable the dramatisation in the photograph? To break this question down into two components, there are two elements that determine the overall construction of the photograph. Firstly, the use of form and structure create a pull that draws the viewer into the centre of the image. Through abstraction and highlighting the viewer is controlled and forced to centre his eyes. Shadows push away into highlights. Secondly, the human element allows for the sense of drama. This is the key to the image. The human element is further expanded through the stance of the subject. Usually, in photography motion is made visible through longer exposures that portray visible trails. Whereas in this photograph, the motion is made visible through the stance of the body. Through this, it almost becomes statue like, which further portrays the dramatisation. The subject is leaning forward and seems to be determined in its motion. This sense of determination, similar to Joe Rosenthal’s “Flag Raising on Iwo Jima”, is what highlights the motion. The human element enables one to gain an insight into the subjects feelings. Or at least imagine how they might feel like. Here there is little detail, so we can only assume the actual expression of the subject, but through interpretation we can imagine that they are in some sort of endeavour.
Now taking a step back, this photograph was captured at a distance. The branches and trees to the side add another element to the shot that produces this sense of drama. Like a predator the photographer is prying on it’s subject. Imagine a tiger in the bush, hunting it’s prey, slowly creeping towards it. This highlights silence, even calmness, like the calm before the storm and this inadvertently projects onto the subject in focus and exacerbates the motion. Maybe the subject is creeping, maybe running, maybe even trying to escape.