Why we are drawn to a stare

Children can have incredibly intense stares but often it is not obvious what it is they are looking at.

It might not matter. In this case, I could not take my eyes off the child’s glare being captivated by his intensity and powerful eyes. Capturing an intense stare can be a powerful way to capture a¬†viewers attention. We are naturally drawn to the eyes and with images often more so.

This child staring over a fence within a South African township tells a story of hardship and determination. Often there is only a few fleeting seconds to evaluate the composition. In this case, it was achieved in post production, both the cropping and finding a curves solution that would allow the boys head to remain within the dynamic range of the image despite the glaring mid-day sun.