A beautiful photo, right? Let’s talk about why.
First, notice where each person is looking. Second, look at the positions of their legs and feet. Third, the slanted horizon, blue waves at the left, trees at the right with water-blue clouds, low over the trees. But these are the kinds of things you can see in every good photo. None of them explain why this image is so striking.
The effect of this photo is due largely to
the colors and arrangement of the fabrics.
We’ll name the figures from left to right 1,2,3,4,5, and 6.
TEAL – the shirt of 1, the bow of 2, the blouse of 5.
GREY – the shorts of 1, the stripes of 3, the shorts of 4.
WHITE – the dress of 2, the stripes of 3, the shirts of 4 and 6, the shorts of 5.
And then we have that splash of DARK BLUE in the shorts of 6, the boy with the fascinating body language. And did you notice how the WHITES and GREYS echo the colors of the water, sand, and sky? These remarkable clothes weren’t chosen by the photographer, but by the wife and mother, the lady in the stripes. You go, girl!