In photography, depth and focus are part of the art/craft balance.
In this street portrait, the background isn’t a single element. The young man is leaning against a post that’s plastered with pebbles. The squares on the left are a tile wall that is about six feet back. The dark part on the right is a paneled wall painted black.
The lens converted a visually harsh mishmash into a soft textural setting for the essence of the subject to emerge.
Using unorthodox elements to create something pleasing is part of the joy of the process.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.