The noise and the flare is a bit of putting in this one, Sean. Although I like the body language of the two subjects.
Yup it is Julie... picture was not great quality anyway so thought I would push it over the edge :)
I was wondering how deliberate the noise and flare were. I reckon it works. Why waste a good photo.
Flare is a light in the train. Noise... well, it was with a very mediocre phone so it was not that good anyway. I liked the position of the people enough for me to overlook the poor quality and thought by making it harsher, it would create more of an emotion rather than constantly worrying about the poor quality of the photograph. There is some added noise, there is some added contrast, and I find there is something a little spooky about it... slightly "poised" if you know what I mean? Like the next moment would have been interesting... the way his handing is lying there, she is oblivious, I am so close and yet neither noticed...
I must be going cross-eyed - I thought he was holding a set (?a pair?) of bagpipes.Yes, really.
I like this photo in all its extremes - it tells a story, it has life, we start to wonder where they are going, are they together, what is he listining to, what is she reading. The high noise only emphasises this ... documentary style. Makes me think about the people shown.