The look on your face says it all - that you do things your way - and be damned what anyone else thinks; coupled with the Lolita-like lollypop, it’s almost that you’re daring them to say something.
Composition-wise, to me, the focal point of this shot is your eyes, your always bright hair helps channel the vision, and then the tattooist appears, along with the alluded intimacy of the pose.
The splashes of orange from your shoes, the scallops of light reflected from the buttoning on the couch, the attention to detail with the props (the foot-switch in particular) all tie this together really well.
Overall, a strong photograph; well composed with just the right amount of emotion.
Well, a critique... This picture has a lot of negatives but is also has a lot of good points about it. I feel it's important to draw attention to both as there are so many key aspects that have been done right but have been blighted by some silly mistakes.
The bulk of your gallery is actually very beautiful. There are lots of classy, tasteful and very skillfully done photographs so I think the people trashing you here are very unfair.
But this picture is ... an anomaly in an otherwise lovely gallery. The composition is clumsy, the angle is awkward, the wall makes it look like a snapshot, it's very silly to overlook the wire (suspension of belief and all that jazz) as it basically ruins the illusion of the picture. The lighting, to be brutally honest, is really awful. It's far too bright, totally wipes out details, ruins the colours and, again, makes it look like an unprofessional snapshot. Plus it's equally strong everywhere do your focus isn't drawn to anything in particular.
The actual concept of the picture is very good. The pose of the woman is sexy and provocative. She's beautiful and I love how her vibrant hair matches her heels. And the tiny blue hotpants are a perfect contrast. Her expression, bordering on the insolent, with the innocence of the lollipop is another fantastic contrast. I can't fault the female model at all. Her outfit, pose, expression and colours are all brilliant.
Although the idea of the tattoo artist being between the legs has promise, I think the twisted pose of him is slightly awkward. The light could have been dimmed on him to give a sense of anonymity or something. Futhermore, his black shirt blends in with the black couch because of that lighting (or a poor costume choice) which looks a little clumsy yet the rest of him is equally as strong in focus.
So to summarise, this picture does have potential. The idea of it is very clever and you have a lot of subtle contrasts in colours which are very clever. It's a brilliant concept, not executed very well.
wow some of those critiques are pretty ridiculous. sure it's not realistic to tattoo in that position, I think they're taking it too seriously and missing the point. would they gripe about a photo of someone holding an electric guitar that's not plugged in? I'm a tattooist, dude, you're lookin' at the clip cord? contrast could be a little less extreme.
Regardless of whether or not people are taking the photo "too seriously", they critiques are for the audience to convey their experience viewing the photograph. The tattooists position did not bother me at first, but upon reading the critique, it began to stand out and appear awkward. The cord is very bothersome and personally, I agree that the crop is off. The top point of the couch hitting the corner of the wall is too stark and having it cropped a bit better alleviates that problem.
Critiques aren't meant to bash or devalue a work. They're meant to shed light on things the artist may have overlooked or to reveal to the artist the way their audience views their work.
actually, come to think of it, I all too often find myself tattooing in ridiculously awkward positions because I forget to watch my posture and position the client, not to mention myself, better. d: then my boss yells at me.