So here is a comparison that I imagine most photographers can relate to. After developing this roll of film I probably flipped back and forth between these two photographs for the better part of an hour trying to decide which one I liked better. These two frames were exposed one after the other. More or less the same pose. The exact same exposure and lighting conditions on each.
The only difference between the two images really is that one I pulled back the camera in the scene just a little bit to add a bit more of the environment into the image. One little change and I create an hour of anxiety for myself. The life of an artist folks. It’s a constant thrill ride let me tell you.
Ultimately I feel like I decided on the top image as my favorite. I think the added negative space in the overall composition has a better emotional effect in this particular case. Still, both images are nothing to sneeze at. I love the soft lighting and the harsh straight lines of the staircase cutting directly through the frame.