Photo Description Examples

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Steve McCurry Assignment

Photo 1.
An elderly man stares at you with a typical expression of one of the artists subjects, seeming to have no understanding of what would make them an interesting photograph. The main focus is placed on his aged face; his brown skin has an appearance of leather, with wrinkles so deep he almost looks to be made of something other than flesh. A neutral expression seems to convey he is neither joyed nor displeased with the position he has been handed in life. To find the expression in this man one must look into his eyes for there you see many hard years have been suffered from his body. On his head he wears a cap in vivid shades of red and green, a stark contrast to the tone of his skin. From beneath his cap protrudes a tuft of hair that seems to have the form of fine strands of hay. He gives the impression that he is dressed for some type of ritual, or perhaps is a member of a religious sect; besides the vivid hat he also wears brightly colored clothing of equally vibrant reds and yellows and a long strand of beads around his neck. His shoulder are slumped in a typical fashion that somebody who has worked hard, and aged to this point, will often assume; the old man’s shoulders look as if you can see the weight of many struggling years of upon them. Behind the gentleman is a wall and doorway painted in colors that almost match the garments he is attired in.

Photo 2.
A canary haired young woman stands on the sidewalk of Bowery Street in the East Village Section of New York City. She is awash in a half rainbow of colors, dressing from only one side of the color wheel. From the sunny yellow she has died her hair, to the neon pink Chuck Taylor sneakers on her feet she is donned head to toe in warm hues of color. She is wearing a frumpy oversized sweater of red and pink and jeans made of an orange fabric that exudes thoughts of a juicy tangerine; even the color of her nail polish and necklace are a bold shade of...
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