absolutely love this pic. Not a fan HDR. SirNaeylan's comments were very insightful to the social implications of this wonderful piece.I particularly appreciated the reference to the firehosing of the 60's. Many thanks for sharing
The comments left on this image are really interesting. I wonder if it's the cool, reflected light on the underside of this boy's face that makes people see him as "evil," "creepy," and "ugly." I also wonder if it might be his skin color, though, which adds a certain art historical and...civic? historical context to the piece that might not be there with a person of another skin color. Maybe it's both. No matter what the photo is unsettling, and that helps to make it a really strong piece.
My first thought about this boy was that he looked super defiant, because of the way the light is on his face and the tense gesture of his arms. The background definitely helps to intensify that feeling, because the boy has nowhere to turn around and run to.
I also found myself referencing a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, about children playing in the spray of fire hoses...and then, of course, about Black protestors being held back by violent sprays of water and biting dogs as they fought for equality two generations ago. In that context, his youth and fierceness, and the fact that this is a contemporary photograph, imply that there is still a lot of issues regarding equality that need to be resolved before normal play can resume for a "Summer Boy."
Oh. And then you included TWO Lady Gaga references, which says you're obsessed, whether it was intentional or not . The title "Summer Boy" references a song, and the water droplets reference the "Bad Romance" video. That adds a bit more irony to the piece overall, and gives it more of a ground for talking about objectification while enforcing the "fighter" attitude of the boy.
You've produced quite a loaded snapshot here. In some ways, it's kind of sad that you probably couldn't take a shot of an African American boy being sprayed by water without referencing fire hoses and racism...and it might be ubiquitous, but it is there. It also adds a certain strength to this image that I haven't seen in a lot of the other "American" shots. Good luck in the contest!