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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Two: Travel Incongruities > Striking a pose, State Capitol Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2009
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11-JUN-2009

Striking a pose, State Capitol Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 2009

My tutorial students enjoy shooting portraits in this museum their models are very patient and never move. Here, a life-sized statue of a 19th century soldier of the old west strikes a jaunty pose for an energetic 21st century photographer. The two poses contrast strongly, creating an incongruous relationship. I use a 16mm wideangle focal length here, which allows me to stress the energy of my student, filling half the frame with her angular gyrations. Yet the sweep of the wideangle lens also has room to embrace the design of the floor tiles, the 19th century woodwork, and the old soldier, hand to pistol, standing upon his circular platform.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
1/100s f/4.0 at 8.0mm iso800 full exif

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