The Window Gazer {278/365}

Winslow is a creature of habit - but, aren't all cats?  Every morning, after breakfast of course, he announces his disapproval of the drawn shades and fidgets until they are raised.  For the next hour he will gaze over the neighborhood, sometimes bathing, but more often just sitting quietly. As you know, I love window portraits.  Their very nature inspires a timeless quality to me.  Subject placement in the frame is crucial for these types of portraits as subject placement within the frame can set off a plethora of varying emotions.  Place the subject on the left gazing into the frame brings thoughts of hope, inspiration, and thoughts of the future that lies ahead.  Placement of the subject on the right gazing out of the frame (as below) leads the viewer into emotions of reflection and nostalgia - the past being behind them, the future, a mystery.  Consideration for the subject's age should be factored in as well. The young, placed on the left gazing right brings different feelings compared to a "seasoned" subject placed on the right and gazing left.  The options are many and solely depend on the emotions the photographer wishes to express to the viewer.

Winslow is a very young cat.  But, when he sits on the windowsill, he ages in front of my eyes.  As he sits perched on the sill, one can't help but wonder what - if anything - is going through his mind.  Being a very sweet-natured and caring cat, I think he sits there and just appreciates the quietness of his world.

I placed him on the right gazing out of the frame to enhance the feelings of reflective solitude and the quiet introspective peace that he finds in his daily routine.

Hasselblad 503cw with Carl Zeiss 80mm 2.8 - f4 @30th 400iso; natural light