We have discussed Gestures in photography before on this blog. If you want to look into it, have a look HERE. Another concept that goes hand in hand with gestures, I call "complications". Just as a mechanical watch has complications, defined as any function a watch can do aside from telling time, so to do gestures.
The photo above was what Jay Maisel would call a gift. A gift my son gave me in that he gave me a wonderful gesture which made the picture. We were walking around the woods near Windsor, following a trail when I saw my son trailing behind us being funny. I turned, and snapped a few pictures and picked this one due to the gesture. He is off in his imaginary world as he stomps down the dirt path. The path is a great compositional element and the full frame, no sky or empty space, is what I really like about this image. But his gesture makes the image a keeper.
So we have a great gesture but no complications. It is the gesture of one person without any other human interaction. No complications but wonderful gesture. Compare it to the image below.
In the image above, you have a gesture with many people in the frame but it is a single gesture. It is the woman on the right looking up and reacting to the coming train. It is her gesture, lost in the sea of the silhouette of other travelers but there is no interaction. So we have a simple gesture without any complications although there are several people in the frame. So to add complications, you need the gesture to be between them.
I have dozens of images with wonderful gesture, but only a handful with a single complication. I have not been able to capture any images with a second complication. Have you been able to capture an image with two or more complications?
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.