We’ve all seen plenty o’ photos of the brick monoliths (also known as “the stacks”) on Red Square. Stacks in the rain, stacks in the sun, stacks in the clouds, stacks in a puddle, stacks stacks stacks. I’m guilty of photographing just-the-stacks too.
This is the first time I’ve seen ’em from this vantage with people in it. And it’s AWESOME.
It’s a well-executed and creative approach to photographing a very boring (yes, I said it) campus landmark. That right there makes it a winner. But that’s not all.
The coolest thing about it is the light on the subjects. The monoliths restrict the daylight to a traditional lighting pattern for athletes: key lights at 90 degrees right and left. (Eric’s photo also has a backlight creating the neat rim light on the fist-pumping arms.)
Here’s how it’s done:
Don’t believe me? Check out these sports portfolios from photographer Joel Grimes:
I know you see the lighting pattern. I know you do. And it might be a light-nerd thing, but it’s really exciting to see a studio lighting pattern naturally occurring in
monstrosities the field.
So it could be the fist-pumping superstar duo-portrait lighting was serendipity, or well-reserached and purposefully planned by Eric, but either way it’s supercool.