Beantown Tap

Beantown Tap

Here is a wonderful image by Joni Lohr, of Jamaica Plain, Boston. She says, "I love dance and I love to photograph dancers. This young boy has amazing talent."

This is a strong photograph, well done in most every way. My (inevitable) criticisms are all in the category of quibbles. This is the sort of documentary photo I used to see when Life Magazine was in its heyday and would come to our house each week, with at least one powerful photo essay. 

The dancer is caught at an ideal moment, the three behind him are lined up watching, there is slight blur on the moving legs, but the face and hands are sharp. The tones are good: white, grey, and black tones well rendered, which is important in black and white.

Depth of field is pretty good; the dancer is in focus, the background people are out of focus, which is what the photo needs. 

I think the framing and composition are also good: Joni has given him room for his legs to complete his dance move to the left.

Okay, time for quibbles and questions. I suspect it could have been stronger if taken from even lower down, at about the level of the dancers head, rather than pointing the camera down. By putting us at the level with the dancer we would become more involved with him. That would also change the relationship of our foreground dancer to the three in the background – we'd likely see their faces if the camera was lower and pointed less downward. No idea how that would have worked. 

Another thought: if there was enough room to stand further away, still near the floor, but use a longer lens, the foreground dancer might be better focus-isolated the others.

Summary: a strong image, tells a story well, makes you want to see more from this same session.