Cleaner, Lhasa, Tibet
I made this image during my second visit to Tibet. I noticed the elderly lady sweeping a hallway out of the corner of my eye. Because she was backlit by quite bright light I knew she would photograph as a silhouette. All I had to do was to ensure that my composition allowed enough of her body shape, and that of the broom, to stand out against the near white background. The trick when making silhouettes is to ensure that your subject forms a graphic shape. In the absence of color it is this important design element that provides the dynamic that moves the image away from the individual towards the iconic.
The original image was made on a Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film. I employed Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS3 to render the original color image into black-and-white and then add a warm tone to the image. I'm happy that such a quick and simple snap (that's all it was) can convey the concept of hard work and a positive view of the elderly.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography