THe tilt in this photo works with story you are conveying. The cut frame takes a little away from it but I can kind of see your reason for it with what looks like a very distracting background. I think a little work in post could really strengthen this up if you tweak up the colour channels to strengthen the shot.....I would make the bag perhaps a bit lighter to seperate it from the garbage bin, the guy the darkest point thus creating the point of highst contrast and the anchor of the frame and the garbage bin a mid tone...you are almost there but the high contrast melds them together making the shot flat...with a little more seperation between the tonal range you would get a better figure to ground relationship and a lot more pop out of the photo.
The photo is uncropped. I only resized it so it was easier to upload. This was a fairly difficult on to capture, though. I took this shot while holding my camera over my head with one hand and my nose with the other. And this was as wide as I could possibly go with my 18-55mm kit lens. True, the compo suffered because of this, but I'm glad that I managed to grab the shot while I could.
Your critique is spot on as always, my friend, and I will try and improve on the points you've mentioned. Thank you very much!
No, not really. He a 'soda can scavenger who probably works for a local recycling company. This was the first time I've seen somebody climb into/out of a trash bin, with no concern for personal hygiene whatsoever, wearing sandals and no gloves.
Ewwww....what a nasty and stinky job....I hope he get paid good for being trash too... Can you imagine what he smells like when he gets home...If I was his wife I would make him scrub himself down outside before he came into the house..
He's probably a 'tin can scavenger' who works for some Dubai based recycling company.
In reply to your earlier question from the admin room: For me, this is Street and PJ in equal measures, because it not only illustrates the sad plight of low-income expats working in the U.A.E., but also tries to demonstrate the irony of the situation.
Even though it's heartbreaking to see fellow a human being scavenging inside a trash can like a street cat, but at the same time, it's funny because there's a sticker showing us a figure of a man standing outside the trash can, with his arm lowered, dropping the trash inside the can. A polar opposite of what our 'scavenger' friend is doing.
It's trash for us, but it's probably his only source of income; his treasure.
All what you wrote are the reasons I liked the shot in the first place. And you are right, it has a street quality as well, but good PJ, for me, has a measure of street in it... most urban related PJ at least. Your shot is a perfect example of a combination of both and therefore perfect to pose the question to our friends... sorry about that.