This photo was taken by Damon Winter of the New York Times. His use of shadow is superb in this photograph. His subject was a mental hospital patient, and I think the lighting works for this particular subject because he lives in the shadows of society – he is not seen by the outside world. He is also strategically placed using the rule of thirds, just off the center of the image. The use of black and white instead of color also contributes to the nature of the subject matter itself – it’s simple and monotonous, just like this mans life. I also like the touch of light hitting the mans toes and his lack of footwear – as if to highlight that he is without things that we see as ordinary.

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