Looking At The Wall

I took this photo mainly for the architecture of the staircase.

Looking back at this photograph I can see that because of the way it is framed, the man in the white top on the right could be looking at the wall or at something on the wall.

He is not looking straight ahead though – he is looking slightly to his left, and realistically, why would he be staring at the wall?

That brings to mind that in photography it is a matter of framing and of knowing the back story.

If it were a scene of a prison and the people walking down the stairs were warders, we could easily believe that the man in the white top was standing to attention facing the wall.

We just can’t help importing our understanding of situations into the situations we see.

man on landing looking at a wall
Looking At The Wall