This cover photo for UW Student Life is pretty freakin’ rad. I remember seeing it a while back, and in search of a good photo to ogle over this week I’m happy to see this one again.
It’s a great silhouette and strong subject. Our eyes are naturally drawn to the lightest area of a photograph, so having the sun directly behind the skateboarder helps draw your attention in. The leading lines from the top of the buildings on left and right also point directly at the skateboarder. And the outline of his silhouette doesn’t compete with the background – nice timing with the mid-air kick flip* and well-thought composition.
*I might be pretending that I know skateboard tricks, or I might really know what I’m talking about.