Having a little extra time on my hands this week I decided to do something I wish I did more often, join a photo challenge. This Lens-Artists photo challenge is open to everyone that wishes to participate. There is a new theme every week. For a while I participated almost every week, but lately I haven’t, I’m going to try my best to change that. Photography is something I am very passionate about. It’s been a big part of my life since I was 5 years old, and got my first camera. I would go as far as saying that photography makes me happy on many levels; capturing special moments (of course,) forcing myself to slow down and see the details, as a way to practice gratitude, and live in the moment.
This week’s theme is Negative Space. I would describe a negative space in photography as a calm, quiet area around the main subject. When there is a quiet space around your subject, all the attention is focused on your main subject. Sort of like the minimalistic way I like to decorate my home. When things aren’t cluttered we tend to see the beauty in details in a different way, without being distracted by less important things (clutter.) I looked through the gallery of photos I have on my laptop, looking for the perfect landscape photo to show my point here…but found a completely different photo that screamed that it wanted to be shared.
This is a photo from a Corb Lund concert (one of my favourite artists.) The concert took place in Las Vegas, December 2018, as a part of the opening to the National Finals Rodeo. If you want to see more of my photos from that concert, I wrote a post about the concert here. I think the calm, quiet space around the artist in this photo, combined with the lighting creates the perfect negative space around him, forcing us to give Corb Lund all of our attention, like if he needed any help with that besides his excellent music, but I think you get my point. I also like that the “out of focus band member” in the background is looking away from the camera. I took this photo with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II, and the Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM. What do you think of this photo? Constructive criticism is more than welcome.