I've been getting into black and white photography much more and I feel that it needs to have something that I can't really describe. Through my studies, some but not all great black and white photographers. This can be seen via some Ansel Adams and film noir photographers. I think part of it is true blacks/starkness that could be described as mysterious and draws in the viewer. This can also be seen in some of my pieces:
A picture for a friend's internship application turned black and white: [link]
A photo of the Chicago theater and I've heard it's film-noir-esque: [link]
With that said, like the other piece I critiqued/commented on, it seems like it has a white film over it and the true blacks are screaming to get out. Going by the name of the piece, the net/shirt should have the emphasis and everything in the piece should be based/complementing it. So somehow, I would re-distribute the model to give more emphasis on the netting/shirt. Maybe move the orientation of how the photo is taken from leaning towards landscape to closer to or full blown portrait and maybe straighten out the model (vertically) some. I do want to see more towards the right/bare forearm and hand while the area between the arms, the bare forearm, and the mouth seems intriguing too. So potentially rotate the model so the back is more towards the viewer but not completely. But, at the same time, from the area between the arms I start to look towards the face and the clarity is there but the true blacks/starkness isn't there. Not to sound creepy or anything (and as I said before, my training is in photography and art history; both we had to pick apart and critique artwork) the lips seem striking too. But I thought that I could see more detail and texture in the other piece when I compare it to this piece.
The Bottom Line: I like the concept. The execution needs to be stronger. But everything above is coming from my training as an art historian and from my style as a photographer.
Question: Do you find this photo successful from the concept stage to the execution to the exhibition of it?
I think it's perfect. Strong use of negative space, interesting texture though-out, strong concept, and intense feeling, a longing to be captured, but at the same time, a bit resisting. The darks are dark, but not enough so to be distracting from the subtlety of the image. I think it's over all a very strong piece.