Travel Photo Contest – Douglas Larsen

Douglas Larsen

©Douglas Larsen

This summer my five-year-old son had his first chance to play on the beach on our trip to southern California (Corona del Mar beach in this picture). The photograph captures the magic of being chased by the waves. Please view the larger image to appreciate the motion and texture. I love how he is about to “take flight” as the water nips the toes of his right foot. The expression on his face shows the joy of the moment. Processing the image in black and white focuses the eye on the form of the subject and brings out the textures of the water.


4 Responses to “Travel Photo Contest – Douglas Larsen”

  1. Peter Errmann Says:

    Great shot, makes me want to be young again and live in the moment.

  2. Darwin,

    Are you still taking submissions for this photo contest? Can anyone enter?

  3. Wow!

    For me, this simple shot contains the same power and evokes the same resonance in my mind as the two classics:

    Henri Cartier-Bresson’s, “Behind the Gare Saint Lazare” (1932), & Robert Capa’s, “Death of a Loyalist Soldier.”

    It’s that decisive-moment-thing all over again, and this image captures it beautifully. Couple that with the simple composition, the innocence and the obvious external emotions shown by the subject and you have a true understated masterpiece that could hold its own in any exhibition.

    Well done! Don’t ever lose the digital neg or JPG source file cos IMHO this pic will just improve with age! Wish I’d made it! Great work!

    Best wishes.


  4. Fantastic image!

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