Good morning, everyone! I need your input today, on this image.
I have created this self-portrait for a competition that I am thinking about entering. It is a contest for Wyoming artists who are not originally from the area, and in my piece, I am supposed to reflect a connection to my original home. I chose a self-portrait because the nature of the theme seemed so personal to me, and I am standing in front of a relief map of the Carolinas, holding one of my favorite books that recounts the history along the river that I grew up near.
I am happy with the idea behind the photo, especially as it is part of a larger project, but I won't get into that quite yet. But I am just not sure how I feel about the execution. I must have looked at this image a hundred times and I am still not certain if it is 'the one' or if I should try shooting this again. I'd love to hear what you think about the image. Do you sense a love, a longing for my home in this? What do you think technically? Is it too dark? Is my face cut off in a weird place? I would normally let this image sit for a while on my computer and come back to it later, but I have some time constraints if I am to enter it or reshoot. I'd appreciate any feedback, y'all.