Which Photo Is Better: A or B ?

I was in Paris last week. Part work, but mostly fun. Eating, drinking, being merry, and of course, snapping photos my iPhone–as I do everyday–with no end goal beyond staying creatively engaged.

I was just now kicking through photos from the trip and stumbled on a couple of snapshots I thought were interesting for various reasons. I’ve posted stuff like this before and was really excited by the resulting discussion, so I figured I’d throw it out there again… These are of course just snapshots, but even snapshots have merit. AND these photos are VERY different from one another…. So, simply put, I thought I’d ask for your thoughts, which is better, A or B? And why?

Vote in the comments. Also love to know ‘why’ if you care to explain. 500 px wide images after the jump…

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Now go vote on those photos below. Tell me what you think…

Here’s Photo A:

Here’s Photo B:

Which is better and why?

341 Responses to Which Photo Is Better: A or B ?

  1. Victor Eleuterio August 31, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Photo B is better in my pov :)

    • Dave August 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

      Photo A all the way! More dynamic, and leaves the viewer with the question: “What the heck is going on here?” I like the composition and the spacing of the walkers with the jarring juxtaposition of the sprawling man. I would prefer to have the people in the upper right corner cropped out, however.

      Photo B is nice, but more static. Well seen and composed but it does not have the punch that the first one does.

      • Kevin September 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

        Photo A. I like the composure of it better than B because B is too balanced. Although I do like the ferris wheel in the background of B. I also agree that I would like the people in the top right of A cropped out.

    • mark longstreet September 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

      B …much better

    • Mark Albain September 15, 2010 at 9:34 am #

      I like the symmetry in the frame which is then offset by the ferris wheel. It is just subtle enough to disrupt the symmetry but not enough to take it away.
      To me, both images show some conceptual design elements that are disrupted by something in the frame, B is just a little more subtle in that and provides more room for interpretation.

  2. andy lai August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Defintely A for myself. I like the lines and the moment. Not much going on for me in B besides the reminder of Inception.

  3. Jonathan August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I like B the most because of the composition, when looking at A I wasn’t drawn immediately to the subject (man laying) and the symmetry of B is just great!! Nevertheless both are great photos!!

  4. ChangoBi August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I like B.

  5. Mark Gallagher August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Photo B

  6. Andy August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I vote photo A. The point of view is much more interesting, and B is a bit muddy with not much interest.

  7. David August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I like B better. I like the way it draws the eye towards the ferris wheel at the end.

  8. Dave Ellis August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    A is better. More interesting image. I love the composition of B, but the tonality is all wrong.

  9. Wolf August 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I would go with photo A, because I feel engaged. There is stuff happening, stories that are unfolding.

    Photo B is just a street in Paris, nothing is happening inside the shots. Which makes it boring for me.

  10. Mário Pires August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I like the geometry and balance of A. There are too many distracting elements in B.

  11. Kishore August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #


  12. Drew August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    i prefer photo A. the angle of the shot, the line going through the middle draws your eye in, the guy lying down makes you wonder whats going on in the scene and opens up my curiosity about THAT moment.

    Photo b is just a ferris wheel to me and doesnt talk to me other than to remind me of visits to the london eye.

    • Zmurfu August 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

      I have to completely agree with this point of view, exactly my thoughts. photo A is much more interesting

    • hlp September 1, 2010 at 6:10 am #

      I agree, too. I’d add that B looks like something I would have shot and then wondered why.

    • Jimmy September 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

      I also agree with Drew on photo A, exactly how I felt.
      Photo A gives more depth than just the visual presentation.

      Photo B is nicely shot, good overall composition with storytelling result. But never the less, photo A is still deeper in its interaction.

  13. Peter Forsgard August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Photo A is more interesting. It rises questions, what has happened and what happens next?

  14. Chris Pouliot August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Photo A… like the drama.

  15. Mike August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I’m going to go with B. It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel – freedom awaits. The forced perspective is great, and there’s something to see in the distance that’s worth seeing. The geometry of it all is great too. The car leading away looks like they’re headed there. Leaving the clutter behind.

    • sagar September 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

      I agree with this. I too liked B more as it renders more depth. The two parallel buildings represent this tiny world and the giant wheel at the end as if leading to our goal. There is some truth hidden in this photo.

      As far as A is concerned it has something missing and not complete. The man sitting at the top right corner is half visible which is disturbing.

    • Brian Jones September 21, 2010 at 7:06 am #

      I totally agree with Mike. Photo B invokes my imagination. I could easily see photo B framed at the end of a long hallway. To see this at the end of a long day of work would be refreshing. I envision myself on the journey to the end and getting on the ferris wheel to be in a place to see the world in a different view.

  16. DizaBlah August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Photo B – For a snapshot it has a great photographic feel to it. You kinda know where it is, but you haven’t maybe have seen it from this angle. And you have the street to give you a line

  17. Mark August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Photo A makes me wonder what happened. A story is going on but I’ve jumped into the middle of it. Why is he laying there? What happened? Why won’t anyone stop? What will happen.

    Photo B makes me think of Paris in a time I’ve never seen and will never know. Makes me want a baguette.

    Which is better? *shrugs*

  18. MB August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    A. More interesting.

  19. Kishore August 31, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    A – looks well composed

    B looks like a quick shot taken while driving a car, the sky is too bright and the street is too dark and nothing interesting in the pic

  20. DF August 31, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    A. Far and away. It is an unusual perspective, it has social commentary, there is the possibility of reading into the image more than B. B is a symmetrical street. I’m really not sure there is more to it than that.

  21. Naina Redhu August 31, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    B’s better for me – it made me smile – because of what I saw – the building shapes first, then the car and then the wheel. *ding *smile

  22. George August 31, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    its A people are saying B to get different, B looks like a holiday snap

  23. julie harmsen August 31, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    A. Definitely. Why is that man laying there I ask myself. So I just keep staring, wondering where exactly this photo is taken and if he’s in a street or just a square. It kept me more engaged.

  24. lindsey August 31, 2010 at 11:25 am #


  25. @Monkeypaw2u August 31, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    That is a tough call. Each photo is great for it’s own reasons. It would be easier to say of both photos were lanscapes or if both were macros, but the perspective are different and the themes are different… the only thing that both have in common are lines.

    A is a strong photo because of the story it tells. The man laying on the ground, presumably sleeping, but possibly dead, and everyone is walking around him, keeping a “safe” distance and nobody is going over to check on him. Speaking the inhumanity of the human species.

    B is a strong photo because of the leading lines and the feeling of going somewhere. I espcially like the farris wheel cutting into the white space of the scene.

    If I were to chose, I would chose A because of the strong story. Nice job with both photos, but A would the one I would find a use for.

    • Troy August 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

      Was going to respond to this but found that you have already used the words I would have in a much more concise manner, so I’ll second your post :)

    • @wfpmdeal August 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      Agree with @Monkeypaw2u…

      Will add that though I like “A” more for the story feel to it I don’t like the couple sitting at the top with their heads cropped off. That said it is a snapshot image, but if there were a way to crop them out….

  26. Brian August 31, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I like Photo A better because of the dude lying on the ground (or is it more serious? We don’t know) by the intersection. It grabs your attention more.

  27. Quintin D August 31, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    A — I’m interested in the story that you are trying to tell in this picture. You’ve set up a very peculiar establishing shot. Now I’m wondering where your mind’s eye will take me next. Where will mine take me?

  28. Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 11:26 am #



  29. Viktor Enns August 31, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    A mosdef! human element, spectacular lines and mystery – i am all about that.

    B does not speak to me at all though technically well executed. i do not see a subject here right away – appears dull contrary to A.

    Chase – there must be a reason why A is A and B is only B. you digg? ;)

  30. annonymous August 31, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    why do you even care what we think? it’s your photo…

    you don’t see directors putting out scenes of a movie before it comes out asking the public which is better…
    you don’t see musicians putting out unmastered verses asking which one fits better over this beat, etc

    and there are no rules. if i like a or b for whatever reason, it doesn’t matter, thats my opinion, one which shouldn’t affect you

    • Mel Haynes Jr August 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

      I believe he is trying to invoke dialog. I doubt he would ask the public to decide what photo to publish for a client or personal art collection. He has a tremendous following and it keeps people engaged and keeps people coming back when he does things like this. At least thats my guess….I could be wrong. If I had the following Chase had, I would be interested in the same things from my followers. Also, we can’t live in a vacuum.Sometimes its good to get other points of view. It helps us grow as artists. Good or bad, we learn.

    • annonymous like you May 2, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      i’m pretty sure Chase Jarvis doesn’t NEED your opinion – i’m wondering if at any point you considered that this as just a discussion…to get people talking…

  31. softservegirl August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Photo A. this photo is stronger in terms of emotional context. it says more. a photo should say something and not just be pretty or compositionally correct. Oh and it’s compositionally interesting as well on top of making a statement. good job!

  32. David Dvir August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Photo B

    I like photo A a lot but if would be so much greater if the one man was not looking at the guy lying down.

    Photo B stands out because of the one way road leading to the Wheel. I like that you’re lead to the wheel and have to go through this dark street to get to what is normally considered a fun object.

  33. Thatcher August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    It’s has a great composition that makes it more intriguing.

  34. Zoe C August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Photo A. Much more interest. Lines draw you into the image and notice the man. Once I’d noticed all I could think of was a parachutist who had missed the ‘X’ marks the spot.

  35. Vee August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    A. The guy lying on the ground is interesting and I love the texture of the ground.

  36. seth molson August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    photo A. I find the perspective interesting. the image of organic + synthetic comes to mind and how they can coexist. the man laying down fortifies this image. thanks for sharing!


  37. Jey August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I think, i like the A version.

    Because it tells an open-ended story (which i don’t see in picture B). With images like A, i think viewers will be playing with their own minds “what goes around with the man?” “why other people ignoring this guy?” “what happens to the man after that?”

  38. Lorena S. August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I think A is better than B. Why? because In B, first of all – even if it´s black and white, I can see that´s a bit over exposed. I would have loved to see some clouds, or just… see something that makes me feel interest for the shot and create a story from that.
    The A picture tells a story, my eyes go first to the big line, where I can see the man lying, while no one helps him, and nobody cares. That´s why I like A, and that´s the purpose of photography. To tell stories.

  39. Maria corafel thomas August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I like Photo A …. photo b is nice but its almost like you can get such photo opportunity more than photo A.

  40. Felix August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    B is my preference.
    It seems an unconventional view of everyday life. You could encouter a street like this in almost any major city.
    The sky wheel/ferris wheel gives it an unexpected edge, which made me snicker. It seems kind of in an odd place, yet it fits perfectly in this place in the picture.

  41. Lenny Neslin August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I love the pattern on the ground in photo A, but I feel like photo B is more appealing to the common eye.

  42. Michael Melo August 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Fotografia A, pois retrata mais o social, fotojornalismo, a fotografia B poderia ser montada novamente, já a A é impossivel. (linguagem: portugues)

    The photograph, as it portrays the most social, photojournalism, photography B could be mounted again, since the A is impossible.

    • Michael Melo August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

      The photograph A, as it portrays the most social, photojournalism, photography B could be mounted again, since the A is impossible.

  43. mark August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I find A is better. The image definitely opens up more questions and throws around some great connotations of a crucifixion.

  44. Brian Chambers August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I think A is a better image. My first reaction was to pick B as I love the image and it reminds me a lot of a Henri Cartier-Bresson or a Doisneau image. But when I looked at A again it really made me think about society, helping others, etc. And that’s what photography should do, make us think.

  45. Mervan Ayberk August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    “A” looks like to me a very good “catch the moment” type of
    street photography shot. Presented by great balance and composition. Also I found it more interesting to look at and watch, than photo “B”.

    But in photo “B” I like the balance and perspective. Just not that interesting personally.

  46. Mihai Baloianu August 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    A.. all the way.

  47. Ray Vestal August 31, 2010 at 11:30 am #


  48. Sébastien Lavallée August 31, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Photo A is better. I actually like the fact that you don’t understand at frist look what’s happening, you discover it while looking at the picture. Nice angle and nice lines as well.

  49. marcus August 31, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    A tells a more interesting story.
    B is more interesting graphically.

  50. lisa August 31, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I happen to like both, but for different reasons. Photo A for the story it tells. At first glance the man laying on the ground did not pop out to me, he was more subtle.
    Photo B, Paris is Black and white to me. I like the symmetry and point of view in this shot

  51. Steven Hasanuddin August 31, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Personally, I love A. It has the mysterious and attention-grabbing objects with unique and interesting patterns or lines.

  52. Szabi (szabiakanich) August 31, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    B for sure. That huge wheel just makes that photo. That is the interaction between all the square stuff and the big wheel. Great shots though both of them.


  53. Carolina August 31, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Photo B is my pick. I think the composition and contrast are better than in Photo A. I find the lighting more dynamic. The lines of perspective draw my eye into and through the image more thoroughly also. In Photo B I notice the white shirt first and then move into the upper right corner in a kind of Nike swoosh, missing out on the rest of the image. I do think texture is more interesting in Photo B though. I think if the composition were a bit different it would have more potential based on texture and subject matter.

  54. Dawn August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Photo B – Because of the busy dark horizontal edginess of the foreground followed by the light round “escape” feeling that the ferris wheel brings, almost a calming, if you will, at the end of a storm…

  55. Brian Braun August 31, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    In my most humble opinion, I prefer A. Reason being that its more of a unique fine-angle-whatever. Reminds me of Joe McNally.”If you are shooting in places your allowed to be, your not doing your job”. B is cool but of the regular street level. A says I’m possibly on some secret ledge shooting these specific people.

    Or Maybe I like that it looks like people are blatantly walking past some dead body lying on the ground.

    Love the thought provoking dialogue. Cheers


  56. SuJ'n August 31, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    I prefer photo A. I like the textures, the lines, the people, and the interesting subject. Photo B doesn’t have enough kick for me even with the ferris wheel in the background.

  57. Matt Dryden August 31, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    I prefer B. While the composition is better on B, photo A has more weight for me. The subject is more engaging. It has a story, and you are left to decide what it may have been. You wonder why the guy is laying on the ground, what the bystanders thoughts are, and if someone will help him. There is an open-endedness to the photo. I love that!

  58. Corinne Noel † August 31, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    I think “B” directs your eye clearly to the subject. “A” is a bit exhausting, I find myself looking all over like an “I Spy” photo. Just sayin’

  59. Eli R August 31, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    To me A tells a story and things are happening in several layers. for B I’m struggling to understand what you are trying to tell the viewer.

  60. pepi August 31, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Neither or both. Without telling me what ‘better’ means, I cannot give my vote :)

  61. Dov August 31, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    A only cause I like B. Sometimes what you really like isn’t necessarily the, “better” photo.

  62. Tyson August 31, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Photo B is more interesting in opinion… It makes me more curious.

  63. RyanK August 31, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    A! Makes me wonder whats going on!

  64. whiggy August 31, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    A. Tells a story. Good composition.

  65. Ed Z August 31, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    I go with A.

    They both have a strong composition, but I really like the strong diagonals of A. also, the red sleeves standing out against the almost monotone feel of the image. Finally, I feel like I’ve “seen” B before (not literally, but when I saw it it said to me “eh, nice shot, seen a bunch like that on flickr”) whereas A grabbed me and drew me right in. made me look a second, third, and 4th time to read more into it.

    It also evoked other imagery in me, most notably it made me think of John Filo’s iconic shot from the kent state shootings.

    Just my .02

  66. Cory Fossum August 31, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    A is more interesting. Why is the guy laying on the ground? Is he dead? Why are people just walking by and ignoring him? Is he homeless? What’s his story? Is the world really this callous? Isn’t this the cover of Muse’s Absolution album?

    B is a ferris wheel at the end of a street. And that is that.

    • Brian Jones September 21, 2010 at 7:14 am #

      How can you go from using your imagination with photo A, only to stop using it with photo B? Being in the street to take the photo puts you in the middle of the story. Envision yourself as the driver of the car. Envision that the street is crowded and the driver of the car is searching for something. The ferris wheel and the bright sky represent a release. Just keep your mind open to all possibilities.

  67. Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Initially I wanted to vote in favor of “B”. I love how everything pulls me to the center of the image, from exposure values and perspective to the idea of moving from mundane daily life to a place where every thing is carefree and easy. However, while typing my vote I kept wondering what was the story with that guy lying on the ground, which to me is what I enjoy most about photographs. The story they tell or in this case do not tell. Nice exercise Chase! My vote goes for “A”.

  68. Max Monn August 31, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    I am really inclined toward photo A. i really like the totally apathetic mood it establishes. that apathy is so characteristic of the urban culture where people spend so much time hunkered down in their own world that they are so unaware of everything going on around them

    overall i think the photo would be more striking if the sitting couple in the upper left were cropped out (maybe splitting hairs but..)

    by cropping them out the person laying down (“dead”) would be totally separated from all of the other subjects.

    so close and yet so alone…

    im also a fan of the red in his jacket (semi symbolic?)

    Great shots.

  69. Melissa August 31, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I like B. I like the line of the street leading me to the ferris wheel at the end of the street. The roundness of the ferris wheel is interesting with the straightness of the buildings and of the street. Very interesting shot.

  70. James August 31, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    A — i like the idea of a story over a better composition.

  71. Kyrie Photo August 31, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Both are good, but I prefer A…
    The impact of the man lying in the floor is added to the power of the “lines” (mosaics, people). A is more powerful, is “telling a story”

  72. Greg August 31, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    A – made me stop and wonder what the story was.

  73. Liam August 31, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Definitely prefer A. More drama – strong graphic lines and angles, the off centre composition and it poses more questions. Also, looks harder to compose.

    B is more rigid but I like the way the big wheel breaks the structure

  74. Kris Arruda August 31, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    B. Perfect composition with the awkardness of the background. Round against lines.

  75. Paul Rohde August 31, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    A tells more of a story, makes me stop and think, imagine a story. The light is different, the perspective is one you don’t see at street level, it takes a plaza and challenges you to imagine.

    B is a street. With a car. Just like I see every single day I walk outside.

  76. Tiffany J August 31, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    For me Photo A because it could be a commentary on the world. People are in dire need of help and we go on about our business. Not wanting to find out. We keep our blinders on. Not asking questions. A could also be a religious statement. He lays on a cross and is ignored.
    Photo B has nice structure and to me has it’s own beauty. The msg for me is PLAY. With the wheel in the background of a structured life. Play should be the focus but is left out of the order of life. Playing is where we should all be.
    Great shots all around.

    • Brian Jones September 21, 2010 at 7:18 am #

      Great Tiffany, that even expands more on my feelings. Photo A can be seen as depressing as it shows how selfish and self centered we have become as a society. Our own needs outweigh those of others. I like how you use “play” with photo B. I too envision it as something we are missing. The lower half of the photo is busy and cluttered and as you progress up the photo you get a sense of freedom and the urge to open up and release the tension. Having the car move away from the clutter just adds to the effect.

  77. Jack Pope August 31, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    B: I like the way the lines lead into the ferris wheel. My favorite part of the picture is the car in the middle of the road driving away… If it didn’t have that element of current activity I would have to go with A.

  78. Kenn Tam August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    “A” is brilliant. My aesthetic tends to lean towards shots that are low key/highcontrast but “A” has so much going on. The bold intersecting and parallel lines, crazy texture from the stone/brick work, muted color everywhere except from the man laying on the ground in his red coat, who everyone and I mean everyone, seems to be making effort to make it seem as if they don’t even see him. There is calmness and tension in this shot at the same time. The more I look at it the more I like it and the more I like it it the more my finger taps away at that little camera icon on my own iPhone. Thanks Chase.

  79. Victor Santana August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    i love the way u combined the lines almost hitting the gold section of the images. and in the same way i love the fact there a symmetry in the person walking and the men down, its like a line. And at the same time u have one main focus of attention that is the men down, but you also have the two persons at the top sitting on the fllor, one of the persons looking the man down, on of them its going in the opposite way than the others. I just dont know to many thing combining just one great composition. :) cool chase.

  80. Jason Meaux August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Photo B…

    I feel as though you captured a photo that, traditionally, may be considered slightly cliche, but the Ferris Wheel just draws your eyes in and holds them hostage momentarily. Love this photo!

  81. I Silva August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Well, both are really very, very different… With A you have to look at it more than once and think about… composition (lines, direction, imbalance) and the theme: indifference (I guess). On the other hand B is most amicable, with only one look you can see the balance, contrast, direcction… and the theme: Paris (I guess). I like more B.

  82. Abraxas August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    B but i think it would be better underexposed, with a little detail in the sky and the outlines of the roofs not so blured by the extreme highlights.
    my main problem with A is the two guys/girls sitting in the top right corner. i don’t like that they are cut in half. the picture would be better without them.

  83. Mircea Sauciuc August 31, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    It’s really no mystery that the question is very subjective by the very nature of asking for our opinion. However, your question is similar to my asking, “Chase, what tastes better to you; this apple or this orange?” I’m sure they’re both awesome if they’re fresh and you happen to like both apples and oranges, but they’re two separate entities. I see these two photos the same way. They’re two very different photos, both in composition and style. I may like one more than the other, but that’s a completely personal choice and has nothing to do with the “quality” of the photograph (whatever that means, really).

    I don’t think the distinction should be between which is better than the other, but rather something others have alluded to, and that’s something more along the lines of “Which one among the following photographs is more compelling to you as the viewer?” But I certainly wouldn’t say one is better than the other. They’re both fine photographs.

    Nice work, and post, as always.

    Best wishes,


  84. Casey August 31, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Photo A for sure. It has a much stronger composition compared to B. If you take a way the ferris wheel from Photo B it becomes pretty typical for me. I can look at photo B and take it in quickly. My eye wants to spend time in Photo A. Some might prefer this quick and easy to grab photo B approach, but I find it far less interesting and on the whole the composition is rather predictable.

  85. Irene August 31, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I prefer B.

  86. Martin August 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    A – it has people in it – I always prefer photos with people in them. Plus, you could write a book about image A – image B, not so much – it’s nice and all. but A surpasses it…

  87. Bradley Austin August 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Photo A is much more interesting, it reminds me of the cover of Muse called Absolution.

  88. Mike August 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    For me; A jumps out and piques my interest for a variety of reasons. I started to articulate why I like A over B then realized that I like A and I have to try to find reasons to like B.

  89. Vilhelm August 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Apples and Oranges this is. Each photo is great in their own right. Each one does things the other can’t. They are both great shots. “Which one is better” doesn’t really seem to suit these shots as a pair. If they were both competing to tell you the same story I could understand, but these little guys are both on their own agendas.

    So I choose neither, or both (depends if i’m in a glass half empty or full mood today… haven’t decided).

  90. Stephan Dupont August 31, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    I prefer A. The lying man has a very strong ‘visual’ pull. It tells a story.

    B also has some interesting aspect too. It feels more abstract. The car seems to be going into a dead end/wall and the big wheel gives me the impression of movement as if a big wheel was rolling in the city like in a dream.

    B also reminds me of my vacations in Paris earlier this month (August). I might have walked by the very same sport. Chase, where you on the corner of Saint-Honoré and Saint-Roch when you snapped the picture? :)

  91. Ange August 31, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    B has more immediate impact, but I think that is because some of the elements are familiar to us, even if the composition is new. A has more depth, and obviously greater potential for social comment. The crucifix echo is a nice touch – pulls up ideas of the Samaritan story etc.

  92. Matthew Walton August 31, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Honestly, Neither.

    They both have a pattern interruption – the man and the wheel, which causes one to ask “What happened?” or “Where am I?”. But neither really jump out and capture attention. I hope I’m not viewed as a troll…far from it.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Thanks for the post.


  93. dina t August 31, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    A, absolutely. I like that it’s subtle and I had to look twice to see the man lying down — evokes a more emotional response than B.

  94. Robert Janes August 31, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    A – as others have mentioned, although I like the leading lines of B I haven’t found any subject of interest. As you work you way through the photo left to right top to bottom we follow the people and find our interesting subject partway through. With B, I never find it. Yes the Ferris Wheel is nice but as others have mentioned it looks like a “holiday snap”. One last point, people in general like the feeling of open space vs. confined. I feel part of the reason people like A is that it feels less confined vs. B which you get a sense of tension from the tall buildings. Just my 2 cents… ;)

  95. Omer August 31, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I like A. The distinct lines and the pattern of the tiles make it more appealing to me. The people walking are intersecting with the lines. And there is a guy sleeping on the ground, he is in conflict with the walkers but in harmony with the lines.

  96. Rabi August 31, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    I’d say B. I don’t really like the POV in A. A may actually be a more interesting photo, but doesn’t work for me.

  97. Philipp August 31, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    My vote goes to A because, firstly i love the diagonal cross, the rule of thirds which in combination attracts the view directly to the subject ( the lying man). But what draws the most of my attention is that the whole picture tells a story, the people which just walk by the lying man with no intantion to help him. Also the colors are amazing everything is greyish except the jacket of the lying man, which is red.

    I don’t like B that much because what is the main subject in the picture ? The houses draw the attention to directly to the middle of the picture but there is nothing interessting, except the half ferris wheel which doesn’t look that amazing in that light. The Hatch is also in the middel and all lines go to it, but again not that interessting.

    But both pictures are good pictures the technic is okay and in both pictures are lines which draw the viewers attention to the middle of the picture also the rule of thirds is used in both pictures.

    Thanks for sharing have a good time in Paris.

  98. Martin Royds August 31, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I prefer A as I find it interesting to look at

  99. Chris Hughes August 31, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    A. More questioning the viewer, Who are the people and why are they lying down. Why are the other people not interested? Love the pattens of the cobbles and slabs but it’s the people that are the real interest. Cracking image quite cinematic. The image conjures a story of spies and as assassins. Love it

  100. Jocelyn August 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    image A… although the 2nd image pulls you in with the leading lines, my eyes are just as pulled to the gentleman lying on the ground – both because his position is juxtaposed with everyone walking around him and because i am intrigued by the scenario, why he’s there and the fact that everyone keeps about their day as they walk by him.

  101. William J. Ingalls August 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    PHOTO A!

    I like A because it has potential for a social commentary on homelessness. It makes me think of lives for the people in the picture, I wonder what the two chilling in the corner are thinking about.

  102. michael August 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I would most likely look to shoot b if I were walking the city, but I think the story in A gives it the edge. Since both are good compositions, it could go either way.

  103. foto August 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm #


  104. Dan August 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    In this case, the question is: Which photo puts me to sleep faster?
    The answer is B.

    Comparing the two:
    Photo A wins the “interesting” category, but not by much.
    Photo B just doesn’t say much, except that you had itchy photo-fingers while riding in a cab.

    Still, Chase, you’re the man. I love your work and thanks for CreativeLive!
    You rock!

  105. Michael P August 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I prefer B because it makes me feel strangely nostalgic. Austere edifices juxtaposed with a playful ferris wheel.

  106. Christian August 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm #


    pic A does it for my mood tonight. Pic b is good either. Prefer a atm.

  107. Felipe Zavala August 31, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I don’t know which is better, but I prefer B. Why? I like the dark areas, and it is so representative of paris, city (small) cars at both sides of the street, lots of motocycles, the homogenous of the buildings everything shouts PARIS!. It is a incredible beautiful city and this picture got it all.

    PS: great work last week, thanks chase, creative live, jasmine and JD.

  108. Monish August 31, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Photo A: Emotion
    The world is going on about its usual way & no one seems bothered about the man on the
    ground. Some ppl are walking , some are sitting casually.
    why is he there? is he ok? probably he’s been there for such a long while that people are used to seeing him that way!
    There is a bag next to him: maybe he is selling something & is catching a snooze.

    The Primary diagnol leads u to the person on the floor
    Secondary diagnol cuts across & breaks the pattern of the ground -giving a striking tonal boost to the image.
    The perspective is good & gives a sense of vastness to the image.

    Photo B: Symmetry
    The buildings, the dotted lines on the left side of the road & the Parked cars all lead u into the picture.
    The eye stops at the car in the centre & then darts upwards to the ferris wheel beyond making us wonder that there is probably an Amusement park in the vicinity.
    Seems like a crammed car parking slot & looks like the car on the road may not get a slot!
    Also of intrst is the ladder sort of thing in the right side of the picture. Makes u wonder wonder what it is for?
    shadow details are poor.
    Picture A : The eye is held on the man on the floor with a little distraction from the man in white.
    Picture B Eye is drawn to the car & then the ferris wheel.

  109. John Verbruggen August 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    A for me. It’s intriguing B was nice if there were cars instead of the motorcycles.

  110. Mikelangelo August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I find this a tough call, actually. I’m going to vote for A, however.

    A: I like the dynamic angles/lines created in the pavement. Even the people create another angle that’s pretty nice. The man in the red jacket lying down adds a touch of color and a nice focal point with the convergence of the two big lines in the pavement. I think the texture in pavement/bricks is also a nice touch as well.

    I also like some features in B. Obviously, the perspective draws the viewer in which is nice, but the car driving up the road helps draw the viewer in… almost like you’re driving in the photo and following the car in front of you. I like the symmetry, especially in the architecture on both sides. I think what I like most, actually, is the 1/2 circle ferris wheel in the background. It’s subtle and it provides 1) a destination for the viewer, as well as 2) an asymmetrical element for visual interest. I think the reason I didn’t choose B is because it’s very dark in the foreground, when I think I’d like to see more detail (obviously, the sunny day’s harsh shadows are the cause). Of course, the direct sunlit from above facilitated a more symmetrical image because shadows aren’t being cast sideways…

    I can come up with more, but I like them both. Final vote going for A, though.

  111. ecking August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m gonna go with photo B

  112. Lola August 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Image A is a little depressing and gives a lot to think about. A man laying on the ground… God knows what he is doing or what he is thinking. But people around him wouldn’t give a damn. Reality check! The world is changing and there is no one to come by and ask if he is alright. Some people even dare to sit and watch his misery. In this photo I don’t care for the lines and all. As long as a photograph tells a story and a good one at that.

    Picture B-is about lines and parallels but almost feels like a projection of a light at the end of a tunnel. One car remains in motion as if rushing towards the light.

    If I would to hang one of the pictures on my wall, it would probably be picture B. Gives me a sense of hope and happiness.

  113. roger767 August 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Photo A is better. Photo B is too easy anybody can take that shot

  114. Pete August 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I prefer B. I like the lines, the obscuring of an object so often photographed in whole and A kinda disturbs me a little.

  115. Dan Nastasa August 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Photo A! :)

  116. Jason August 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    A. Tells more of a visual story with an artistic backdrop. The lines and stones captured at this angle provide fluidity, while the man lying on the ground provokes the curiosity.

  117. kheylen25 August 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Photo A. All these questions without answers that come up…

  118. Ray Spaddy August 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I think A wins compositionally and conceptually. Compositionally, B’s lines draw you to the center – they’re perfect… almost too perfect. I know that might seem weird.

    A’s lines and the placement of the people seem a bit more interesting to me. Let alone the ideas that one could get from it, being as though there’s a man clearly laying as if he’s hurt and no one seems to pay him any mind.

  119. kjeld mahoney August 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    A – It looks like a point of view photo that a sniper would take. It looks, at first glance, like the guy was shot and his red jacket looks like blood flowing. The carefree people walking by make it that much more interesting.

  120. Mel Haynes Jr August 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    a. It tells a story that grabbed my attention immediately and got me asking questions. b does not do much for me at all. Technically I do not like it as the shadow detail is lost ( from my screen at least ). Maybe its the size of the photo, but I do not feel the depth either. The great thing about a is that it could be a simple capture, but the subject overrides the technical simplicity.

    I am by no means trying to belittle the technical aspects of your work. I am just trying to justify my answer :)


  121. Joey G August 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    A is definitely the winner because the people, for me, add more interest.
    although B is pretty sweet looking, i enjoy people in my photos because you never know what they’ll do.

  122. Zimdars August 31, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    A – With it’s lines, shapes and patterns and the guy lying on the ground wearing red!! I think B just plain old stinks.

  123. Andrew H August 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I like ‘A’ best for the interresting perspective and human element involved. The lines in the photo also add interest for me.

  124. Dimi August 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    The fact that no one is looking at the man laying on the floor (dead?) is what makes photo A so strong for me.

  125. Chris Alwin August 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Photo B, because it feels confined yet with the big wheel in the background gives the feeling of bursting out, that there is more out there. Photo A is interesting but i dont like how the man has no context, is he asleep, passed out,… etc. For me Photo B.

  126. Pascal Eisenschmidt August 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I vote A because this image has an edgy society aspect and the perspective is unsual hence interesting

  127. Facundo August 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Photo A.

    Exactly as Dimi says: “The fact that no one is looking at the man laying on the floor (dead?) is what makes photo A so strong for me.”

  128. AnMarie August 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    A. Because of its intriguing character – what’s the story behind the man lying there and the other people casually passing by without paying any attention to him.

  129. James August 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    A. No contest. At least in my opinion. I mean, A makes you think. Is there a story here? It has great leading lines. Not just in the pavement, but in the direction of the pedestrians, and the angle of their shadows. Strong composition. Contrast between the people on their feet and the guy on his back.

    B’s not bad, but has more of a “This is the picture that came with the frame” kind of feel.

  130. Rob Smith August 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    A is very Sarah Moon, but not as grainy

    B is very Atget

    To paraphrase an 80’s fast-food ad

    “Where’s the Chase”


    Like ‘em though!


  131. Shane August 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    Huh, I stared for a long while and I gotta say that neither of them really interested me. For some reason, I don’t find either photo visually exciting/stimulating/etc.

  132. Sheryl August 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I like B. I wanted to like A more, wanted to feel like I wanted to more about what was going on, but I didn’t. It just didn’t engage me.

  133. IPBrian August 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    A without a doubt. I wonder what is happening. I stop and look. I question lots of things. Is this person just passed out. Is it staged. Why are people just wanking by. It says something about big cities, etc. Plus I like the composition better. :-)

  134. Sudi August 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    For me A because it’s interesting, makes me think what happend.
    B is good composition but kind of boring.

  135. Dario Branco August 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    A All the way. Because i Love diagonal lines. Makes the image more dinamic.

  136. adam August 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I like photo A best. It has more to mull over. Interesting pov, shadows of people, great shapes and lines, the one guy with red coat laying down…

  137. Ryan August 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    While I do find the subject matter of A quite intriguing, I prefer B. The composition is very striking. I like the clipping of the ferris wheel in the background and the crispness of the image.

  138. JuanCarlos-H August 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m fond of A…Captures more of a moment. I like the lines leading to the Ferris Wheel in B but A is just a moment in time that can’t be captured again. Also makes you question what’s going on.

  139. Henry August 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Photo A

    1. it makes me think about what happened to the man laying on the ground.
    2. I like the city feel of the picture
    3. reflective of society today; we could see a “dead” body and ignore it. RAT RACE.
    3. I like the composition of the shot.

  140. Eric August 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I like “A” for many of the same reasons listed. The lines and overall image tone draw me more into the picture trying to figure out what is going on.

    For “B” I feel constricted. The narrowness, leading lines, and tonality honestly make me think more about a horror movie. Like some kind of monster would be at the end.

  141. Pavel August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm #


  142. Michelle Sibley August 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    First thought B was stronger from the thumbnail. But, then A reminded me of one time I had a couple jumbo margueritas and flopped over under a tree in the middle of a ball tournament. My husband said he knew it looked weird but left me sleeping. Then, I woke up to some kids staring down at me…”Lady, you alright?” lol!

  143. Steven August 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I believe photo B is better after analyzing the pictures at a closer look. I decided to go with B instead of A because the composition in photo B was much more appealing, definitely having a vanishing point kept my eyes focused on the car but also the ferris wheel at the end. The lines on the roof lines of the building, the lined up cars and lines used on the pavement all kept my attention towards the car and ferris wheel.

  144. John Busch August 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    Well, I prefer photo A. Why, because I quite like the scene. People having their own goal and it seems they are totaly not interested in what is going on with that man laying on the street. Photo B is not as interesting for me.

  145. Keri August 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I love B, not a 100% sure why but it really catches my eye, i think it is the tunnel vision aspect of it all.

  146. Martin August 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Neither, i am a huge fan of your work but these are not cool. Is that ok to say? I think its a trick question.

  147. Michal Fanta August 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    B is more simple and draws my eye to the scene first, but A is more complex and makes me think. I like photos which make me think => my winner is A.

  148. John Paul August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    i pick picture B because it captures the essence of paris.

  149. Allan August 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    B is better for me I love the conversion lines and the symmetry that is broken for a few elements also the fortune wheel give a really nice curve in a line composition, the A also have a good direction but there are some elements that broke this and make a little more messy

  150. Rafael Hoyos August 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm #


  151. Fluidity Photography August 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    B. Great use of shapes and lines

  152. Laura August 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    A – I like that the people are all walking in generally the same direction, the guy is lying along one of the axes, the pattern of the stones and the serendipitous selective color – nice snap.

  153. Guillaume August 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Photo A,

    the man excites me. nobody is looking after him he might be dead. you do not know.

  154. jac August 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    I prefer A over B. To my eye B does not have enough tonal range with the blown out sky and the lost information in the shadows. That and A does have a more dramatic story line to me with the feller laying on the ground. Is he hurt, drunk, or just snoozing? A raises a question or two and that always helps to hold one’s eye on a picture, IMHO.

  155. Sam August 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm #


  156. Leoraul Torres August 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    A, because it tells a story.

  157. Sean August 31, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Im going to vote for photo B. the depth of the photo is more interesting to look at and the wheel in the background makes a big change from all the hard lines of the building and road leading to it. but the photo A has more of a story to it.

  158. Cristina August 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    A is better for me. The composition and point of view are more interesting than in B. And the black and white works better with A, as there is the pavement which reveals a pattern.

  159. Dan August 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    They both read the same to me. A. has a guy sleeping on a red coat, but gives the feeling of death. A stopping point in life, yet people continue to move on. B. has all these stop parked cars, again dead and inanimate. Yet the car in the middle driving away, leaving the fallen behind, continuing on with the journey.

  160. Kalle Koponen August 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    I am voting for B. Both have merits, as many have noted above. A begs to question what has happened, which brings depth to visually rather flat image. B seems at first more static and irrelevant, but for me it too raises questions. Feels like a sci-fi scene with something huge and mysterious only partly visible in the background. B has more punch in the light, which ends up being decisive for me.

  161. Normand Desjardins August 31, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    A! No doubt. Reason : Human factor… something to read in it.. like many have said. Sorry but B is kind of pretty ordinary. Ordinary composition.. at least it could have been taken from ground level… from the web picture here, exposure pretty flat too.

    Personally, I am not into landscape if there is no human inside the frame to give a scale or a life to the pic. I am also not a really big fan of iPhone pics. I guess my 365 self-portraits project is changing my vision of photography for good! :-)


  162. BrianS August 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Love both of ‘em. But if I had to pick one…B for sure. I like to be drawn into a photo, and B does that very well. I’m drawn to the ‘wheel in the back, but not without seeing everything along the way. A is cool too…I like the different patterns.

  163. Joe H August 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    B – Nice lines. Beats out A (those pour people in A who got decapitated i weep for them).

  164. Mike Scott August 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    A. No question because it makes the viewer ask a question. A moment is captured in A.

  165. Heber Vega August 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    A. all the Way!
    Why? I like when a photo has mystery and when the composition adds even more to that end. i like the Circles v/s lines on the pattern of the floor. The way lines intercepts draw even more attention to the subject laying on the floor. Those are just some of the reasons… just some.

  166. Edi Held August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I like B more than A, but I think both pictures are quite boring (no offense). When I look at them, I see something, but I just don’t feel anything special.

    A has this little story in it, where the guy lies on the ground and noone seems to care, which is kind of interesting. The perspective and composition are also quite promising. Still, I can’t really connect to the image, perhaps because of the digitalzoom image quality, the rather boring light and the monotonous colortones (again, no offense!).

    What I like in B is the composition and the ferris wheel in the background. But again, I can’t really connect to the image (can’t exactly tell why).

    What about your opinion?

  167. Martin Pickard August 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Photo B. The man lying down seems to be part of a story the viewer can add their own imagination to.

  168. Matt August 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Both interesting, but “A” makes me think waaaaaay harder. Why is that guy just laying there?

  169. diana August 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    not so inspired in english today, let’s try in spanish..

    prefiero la fotografía A, simplemente porque no es una toma habitual. sin embargo me parece un buen toque la rueda de la fortuna al fondo en la B.

  170. Fabian Pulido August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    B it’s better

  171. Nick August 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Photo A, small amount of red on the subject and white streaks on the stone subconsciously direct your eye. B is boring.

  172. Peter August 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    I would say that A is a better picture to me. Why not B? I didn’t choose B because there doesn’t seem to be much happening. Looks like a snapshot taken on Rue Saint-Roch facing Rue Rivoli that almost anyone standing on that street could do. It didn’t take a lot of effort to figure out where the picture was taken (thanks to Google maps) and what’s happening in the picture. Photo A makes the viewer think more. Where was it taken? Why is that person lying there? Why don’t people seem to care? You want to imagine the story that leads up top this image or what will happen next. I like the pattern in the stone with the diagonal lines crossing. I like the fact the the image is kind of monochromatic except for the red jacket.

  173. Nick Girard August 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    As a man who convulses (in a good way) over symmetry I am surprisingly going to have to go with A. It’s the subject matter that took the cake.

  174. Konstantin August 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    The correct answer is “Ed Ruscha”

  175. Chrisat August 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Photo A is more interesting, not better. Photo A makes me think about what’s behind the photo, photo B just makes me realise the position that you are in when you took it.

  176. Bram August 31, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    I like photo A the most.
    It’s because of the simplicity and yet the complexity of the photo. I’ll try to explain.

    First of all I chose A from a ‘gutfeeling’. But when I looked closer I saw why I liked it better; it intrigues me. I can think of stories with it. I like the fact that nobody is paying attention to what might be a man in pain. The photo just points the finger at the problems in todays society.

  177. Chad Adams August 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I thought photo A was interesting and makes one curious as to where each person is headed and what buildings and atmosphere surround those objects. However, I love shapes and lines and B is my personal fav based on opinion. I like that the only curves(ferris wheel ) in the entire pictures is the focus of the entire picture. Either way both are great pictures in thee own way.

  178. David_in_Seattle August 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    “A” for me. Like the use of leading lines and color to focus on the subject lying on the floor.

    It makes me instantly think: “WTF? Why is everyone ignoring this man? Why are they looking away?”

  179. Paulo Rodrigues August 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    A. There’s much more of a story to A. Is the man on the ground alive or dead? The red coat alludes to blood. Does he need help? Will the people walking past help? The composition if more dynamic and asymmetric. B. is more of a record shot.

    However look at the two photos in a different light. If you had been asked to take a photo that gave you a flavour of Paris, B would be the better photo because it has a sense of place. A. could be anywhere.

  180. Ian Holmes August 31, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Got to be A.

    I live in Paris and see photo B on a regular basis so for me it holds little interest. Infact I’d go as far to say that I find it rather boring.

    A on the other hand makes me wonder what the hells going on? I also like the unusual view point, I even find the tiled floor add interest. Great example of iphone photography. An genre which I’m very much exploring at the moment and taking more snapshots than ever before.

  181. Scott August 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    A, ’cause it’s got human tension (between the man on the ground and the pedestrians) as well as interesting composition. B is okay and I like the composition, but the dark shadows make it less interesting. And yeah, okay, I like the bit of red color in A.

  182. Donnie Bell Design August 31, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    A. Hands down. B is boring in comparison.

  183. Nicholas Tolson August 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Photo B is my pick.

    Photo A leaves no questions in my mind and isn’t interesting to my eye in any way. I’ve seen this photo before a hundred times.

    Photo B makes me wonder about the street, who is in the car, where are they going, what’s up with the ferris wheel, etc. and I’m sure if I dove deeper in more questions would emerge.

    Most interesting is that I just read the several comments above mine, and they say the complete opposite. That’s what I love about art and expression…

  184. Paul August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    B for me please.

  185. Mike K. August 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Photo A is more interesting to me.

    1. To me, people are inherently more interesting. The fact that one person is doing something different than all the others in A make it even better.

    2. The strong lines in A lead somewhere; to a visual point of interest. The lines in B sort of just go to the dead center of the frame where there is not much of anything of interest for me.

    3. The point of view of A is more interesting. It’s out of the ordinary.

    4. The timing of A is of a specific time and at that place–A time when a group of people are walking in one direction, another in the opposite direction and one person lying prone on the ground. If anyone went back at another time you would (probably) not see the same configuration of people ever again. B could be pretty much anytime at that place.

  186. Will Foster August 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    I am definitely a fan of A, because it’s DIFFERENT. I have seen tons of photos similar to B. Also, A is somewhat interesting because of the subject, it makes me wonder whats going on, it tells a story… makes me wonder.

  187. Mike Folden August 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I like A because I think it engages the viewer to wonder what the hell is going on. Did that dude drink too much? Is that your cousin? Who the hell knows and I love that.

  188. Jeremy August 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    B is better. A has an uneasy feeling to it. A look like vacation.

  189. Matnic August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Photo A is better. I look at it longer because I have questions about the people in it. Photo B is too common of a scene. I also prefer the asymmetry of A over the symmetry of B

  190. Christopher August 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Photo A more interesting

  191. ab August 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Both are pretty poor

  192. Benji August 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    definitely photo A, subject matter interesting and photo B is just not interesting. Also light in A makes you want to look.

  193. MarkT August 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    B. It makes me want to see what’s around the corner, so I’m drawn into the scene. If I were on that street, I’d walk down it until I could see the whole Ferris wheel.

  194. Phil Hewitt August 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    The one in the middle that no one can see.

    Yeah, no. A.

  195. snoboardp August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Photojournalism or Landscape/Travel Photography? Neither one is better than the other.

  196. clopix August 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    Tough call! I truly enjoy the geometry of B. the story in A is nice but B makes my mind wonder more. Hence I vote B

  197. Rick Lewis August 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Definitely “B”. Converging lines moving to a semi-circle is fantastic. I want to move down the street and look around that corner to get the full view.

    “A” is simple and not very inspiring to me. It does not feel there was much thought put into it and it is not much different than other photos I’ve seen with the same “message”. Not very original.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

  198. Rizki August 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I’d go with A, because there’s more stories in it. When I look at B, it’s only well-done technically (no offense). But both are great

  199. Eric Reichbaum August 31, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I think A is 10x better. You have a guy laying down in a square with people walking by not even noticing him. It leads to so many questions. Is he dead? homeless? sleeping? doing a performance art piece? Who knows. While B is interesting compositionally, A is much more eye grabbing.

  200. Kevin Mott August 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Photo b seems like i am right there walking down the street. A real sense of living the moment without ever being there.

  201. Walt August 31, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    I know everyone has a grand reason why they like one over the other, but for me it’s simple: “A” takes me somewhere different and unfamiliar. Whereas I could stroll down many streets in the world and see something similar to “B”, the perspective of “A” just doesn’t commonly occur for me.

    Maybe it’s because I’m not a city dweller who’s used to the bird’s eye view…maybe it’s something more than that.

  202. Nicole August 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    B. Love the composition, the symmetry, the lines, the ferris wheel just peaking over the top. makes me feel like i am waiting in line/for a parking spot and the prize is the ferris wheel, can’t wait to get there!

  203. Kelly August 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Photo A
    Colors, contrasts, lighting, compositionally speaking everything is a win. Plus there is a story here. Why is the man lying down? Why are all the people walking around the man as if he were invisible? It’s an image that evokes questions in my mind, it works my imagination, it catches my eye.

    In Photo B, yeah it has nice perspective but the sky is blown out, the cars and street are dark even though it is daylight. The contrasts are way too harsh. I could care less about the ferris wheel in the background because it looks disjointed and out of place. Because of the hard light it subtracts from the story on the street. It’s a car on a street with uninspired light… it falls into the “snapshot” category for me.

    Photo A wins.

  204. Alton M August 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Well, both were shot by a talented pro so it is unlikely either would be bad. Both get highest scores for composition, so in that they are equal. The sprawled man in the street composition adds interest (drunk? dead? sober and intelligent but enjoying the middle of everyone’s sidewalk?), so it starts to move ahead. In the street scene with the ferris wheel at the end, it would not only have been nice, but great to get some detail back in the cars. But the iPhone couldn’t do it. So A pulls well ahead.

  205. kenny b. August 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    B. i like it better.

  206. Tim Skipper August 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    B I like the wheel

  207. Jack Kaye August 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm #


    At first I wanted to say Photo B, because I just like the symmetry. But with B I saw it and thought: cool, then moved on. Then I took a closer look at Photo A and the more I look at it the more I see that didn’t notice before. There’s a story there and I look at that image and want to know more.

  208. Hybridsolidr August 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    Photo A

    The man on the ground is intriguing. Also feels a little Where’s Waldo.

  209. Joe Moffett August 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    I’m going to say “A”

    Both have great composition – I like the contrast (both light and shape) in “B” a lot – but the clincher for me is the human element in “A”, with it I can look at the photo again and again and again. Each revisit sparks a new conversation in my head. Photo “B”, while attractive, does not have as much potential for conversation (and I mean by that primarily Internal conversation) as “A” does.

    But then, I am a sucker for people!



  210. Stephanie August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I’d go with A- it leaves you asking more questions and has more of a story.

  211. David Dunton August 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    Photo A is better. Photo B is static, cliché, and easily repeatable while A captures a “decisive moment”. Both are well composed, and without the man laying down in A, B would be the better of two uninteresting but competently artful images. The mystery in A keeps the image alive in the curiosity of the viewer forever.

  212. Pouya August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    A , because of angle of view and having story by itself. B is very common shot.

  213. marcus grip August 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    I like A because of the man laying down and the people passing and watching him. It´s somewhat a mix of humor and tragic since I get the feeling of that he is homeless and therefore just found a good spot in the sun to sleep on.

    The image also has some lines that creates interest for the eye. There is the line he is sleeping on, and then the black line or shadow that is right beneath him and also the people passing creates a third line that is giving the image a symmetric balance.

    Image B though is nice because of the way the road and the houses “forces” you to look in the center where the car is that is becoming the main focus in the image and when the eye have reached the car it goes to the carousel wheel and then starting to look closer on the buildings and cars around. A nice image but image A makes me think more, and more out of the box!

    So A it is!

  214. your photog friend September 1, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    I like photo B, and it took me a little while to figure out why, but this is as close of an explanation I could find. For me, it had little or nothing to do with the actual composition of either photos.

    Photo A shows the end of the story. Whatever that guy did before already happened, this is the end. It leaves me unsatisfied, like I heard the punchline to a great joke but missed the beginning.

    Photo B, on the other hand, has potential. Here is this dreary, colorless road, filled with cars and square architecture. Suddenly breaking through is the ultimate sign (or one of them) of a good time; the classic Ferris wheel, and we’re headed right for it. Personally, I can’t wait to get there!

  215. Philippe September 1, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    First reacton was A, 100%. But B has something, shapes, more depth, direction and an interesting interuption by the round shape of the wheel. But I guess it’s A, as I’m a fan of moments.

  216. Josh September 1, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    My vote is for A – it makes you think and evokes emotion, B has nice symmetry but is bland and forgettable. I know I’ll remember A and for get B!

  217. Rik Martens Photography September 1, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Photo A draws my interest more.
    It has a story to tell……but what story?
    Why is this man lying there?
    What does the man think that walks by him?
    Is it a homeless guy or just a man resting?
    Look at his shoes so neatly together.
    Also the composition is very strong. Very simple.
    I find myself looking longer to photo A then to photo B.

  218. Jon Chiang September 1, 2010 at 1:26 am #

    I love A, the crossing lines and man lying down in Red, does it for me.

    Penny DeLosSantos and Chase Jarvis, two of my favourite photographers. This is heaven.

  219. Daf September 1, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    Although I normally like your stuff – TBH I don’t like either of these.
    A – Just shouts overly “arty” shot that’s been setup. (I’m not keen on overly arty photographs the type you see at high-brow shows and very expensive art/photography journals that critics love)
    B- Would be good but the buildings are under exposed and the sky over exposed.

    So neither.

  220. Adam Swords September 1, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    Photo A for me…I know it’s the more ‘obvious’ one of the two, but the guy in the red jacket lay on the floor looks as though he’s been shot and the dark patch by his right foot looks like a pool of blood (is it actually his bag?).

    Common sense says that this obviously isn’t a dead man laying in the middle of a public area as nobody is really paying any attention to him…but would that actually be as surprising as it first seems? Speaking for the UK, we are on the majority a nation of hypocrites. Quick to say how the country is falling in to ruin with people not giving a damn, but slow to act on our words and do something to make a difference. So ignoring a ‘shot’ man lay on the street may not be so surprising after all.

  221. dev September 1, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    another vote for A. it stirs imagination

  222. Fred September 1, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    There is something very common in both pictures (perhaps its your vision as an artist that is working in your subconscious). Dynamism amidst stillness: that is the theme I see here. I think that speaks a lot about your vision as an artist/photographer. I choose image A. Why?

    Although there are patterns everywhere on both pictures, the silhouette hid all the beautiful details in the buildings on image B. On image A, I’m sure there’s a pattern somewhere on the floor; I think that adds a mysterious taste to the image. The clear cut lines (is that the Rose Line btw?) on image A, disturbed by the men (the guy lying on the floor is very interesting btw) walking along talks to me to move, disturb, make a noise, while everyone is asleep. Even the human elements in the photo show that; while everyone is walking and going about their NORMAL business, one person dared to lie down and not be anyone else. Beautiful. Another good take Chase!

  223. Andrés September 1, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Absolutely A!

    I think that a picture have to tell something to the observer. When we see a picture, this one have to invite you to “walk along” at the same time you wander what these image try to tell you! In addition the composition allows you to see the image in a pleasant way. The A pic has that.

    The B pic is an almost ordinary image easy to do by a tourist.

    PS: sorry for my poor English :-(

  224. Mari Kadanik September 1, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    I tend to like A more. It gives us a story, an event, some intrigue, leaves questions unanswered (“why is this guy laying down?” – I really want to know). As it has been said – “a human is the measure of all things” – the pictures with human beings, people, beings with endless incredible possibilities in them, is always the most interesting topic to me. Also the composition is light and lively. B is just another street shot, with ok composition, but with few “sharp edges”. Maybe the composition is too centered or need a bit more detail. Still, the tivoli wheel gives certain mystery and evokes some distant longing. So, both pictures have their merits :)

  225. Gert September 1, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    A is a cliche with awkwardly chopped off heads.
    B is a playful image of a well known Paris land mark

    So, for me it’s B all the way.

  226. Diego September 1, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    I like photo A a bit more because of the different perspective. Something I myself wouldn’t see often or if at all. Photo B is great too and very interesting with the ferris wheel peeking, piques my curiosity.

  227. Barbara September 1, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    the both are great but I prefer the square format. both.

  228. jChris September 1, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    I do like A a lot better, but I’m not sure I how one can compare these two pictures, since they have nothing in common (except perhaps “X” shape)

  229. aepoc September 1, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Photo A, for me. Gives you more to think about.. more to wonder about.

  230. Charlie September 1, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    I like A, good graphic use of lines, social commentary about people walking by ignoring the (I presume) homeless guy…

  231. Sandy September 1, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    A. It is more graphically appealing. It also has humor, and a nice point of view. To me, B is a bit static. Plus, I’ve seen very similar shots before. It’s not a new take on the scene.

  232. Roberto September 1, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Olá Chase!

    Prefiro a foto “A”. Sua mensagem é impactante: um bandido (personagem, claro) caído como se morto a tiros, todos passam e ninguém lhe oferece socorro/ajuda. No piso, o cruzamento das linhas e o mosaico são fundamentais ao resultado final. Eu teria optado por cortar as pessoas sentadas no canto superior direito.

    Sucesso e saúde!

    Roberto – Cuiabá (MT) – Brasil

  233. Roberto September 1, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Eu, de novo. :-)

    Pensando melhor, não, eu não cortaria as pessoas sentadas no canto superior direito. Elas representam, dentro do contexto posto em meu comentário anterior, a omissão contemplativa.


  234. Eric Uyttebroeck September 1, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    I like photo A better. It has a more unique point of vue. Photo B is a little bit linear and boring

  235. Brian Davis September 1, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    A is better. The composition is good, the lines and pattern on the ground are interesting and it inspires thought to think of what the man laying down is doing. Photo B just looks boring to me (no offense). Almost as if you just walked out of your hotel and took a picture.

  236. Decasteljau September 1, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    A is better because it brings a question.

    B is just an ordinary scene.

  237. Perry Martin September 1, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    A is better. The subject matter of A is better…leaving you wondering “What the heck is going on”. Photo B looks too busy, too many competing elements in the photo.

  238. Lisa September 1, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    A for sure. It intrigues me. I love the play of shadows…and that the the guy lying on the ground doesn’t have one. I think identity. I think invisibility.

  239. Dave Purcell September 1, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    I love the B….. so Film Noir

  240. Cristian September 1, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Photo A is better in my opinion. The composition is more interesting it makes you wonder what is going on over there, it’s much more mysterious.

  241. andrea September 1, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    A. Because 1) snapping from unusual point of wiev 2) is an unusual situation … what are doing the black boy ? Why he is there ? Is he drunk ? He sleeping ? Curious about the image before and after sobering.

  242. terry September 1, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    While Photo A is creativly interesting, it doesn’t illicit good feelings for me,kinda creepy. I diffinitely like photo B better ,It takes me to a black and white foriegn film,with maybe some espionage going on.

  243. Curtis September 1, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    To me, image A is sad-people walk by the man and (what appears to be a child) on the ground with seeming indifference.

    Whereas image B is a much more positive. Like Mike above said, it’s going out of the darkness into the light. But taking that further, I see the ferris wheel in the distance as a vehicle for lifting the driver of the car UP out of his situation and into another dimension, resetting his perspectice.

    I choose image B.

  244. Jochen Reimers September 1, 2010 at 8:25 am #


  245. Alan Matthews September 1, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    [B] The Geometry pulls me in….abstract.

  246. ana.gr September 1, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    I definitely go picture A. I love the point of view, it’s interesting. Lines that form people and pavementalso add to it.
    And of course, the unexpected: the man lying on the ground adds a question, which makes the picture contain a story, whatever story.

  247. Myga September 1, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    A for me. It would have been B all the way but there is that big wheel in the back that ruins everything.

  248. Gregory September 1, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    “A” is definitely the better of the two. “B” is a nice image, cool scene. But “A” has great composition, the way the angle of the walkers is directly opposite to the angle of the dark thin tile line. Plus you’ve got that other tile line going in another direction with some dude laying on it!

    So you’ve got all these cooly composed angles, leading your eyes through the photo, and it’s got a great narrative with someone laying in the middle of all this commuting. Great image.

  249. khuncho September 1, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    A = active, interesting , not usual shot.
    B = symmetrical scene,looking bored vs “A”
    So I choose image A.

  250. Culinary Fool September 1, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Of course the answer is neither one is better. ;-) The question is what do you wish to express?

    With A I’m a voyeur, with B I’m drawn in.

    A has lots of interesting detail, juxtaposition, makes me wonder and search for clues. The lines, the pattern in the stones, the walking people vs man lying down; the hint of red. A is contemporary, current events, news.

    B is emotional. I’m drawn in and am part of the story – whichever story I choose it to be. The symmetry is interesting yet the element of the Ferris wheel throws it off just enough to add another layer of interest from a visual perspective. It adds a potential destination but you’re not required to go there. B is nearly timeless.

  251. Janice September 1, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    A. By a mile. It causes me to ask questions. Why? Where? Who? It engages me. When I look at B, my eye travels all over the image looking for something to look at, but I find nothing.

  252. Karla Pitts September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    B is by far more interesting to me. I am drawn to the ferris wheel peeking from behind the building.
    I like A, too, but having to choose, I choose A.

  253. Karla Pitts September 1, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    I meant to say, I choose “B”. :o)

  254. Mitch September 1, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    B is better. While I like the texture in A and the questions that arise from viewing it I find the symmetry and overall “hanging on a wall” appeal of B

  255. bryan karl lathrop September 1, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    ah, yes, subjective debate. If we’re simply talking my reaction to the image, then it’s A, hands down. Love the composition, texture and the unexpected bonus of dude laying flat on the walk. B has it’s merits too, but feels too snapshotty for my taste (i know you said they’re both snapshots, but I think A feels less so than B.) Thanks for being you, Chase. I love this stuff.

  256. Ed September 1, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    A is the one for me – it captures a real moment. I wonder what happened to the person lying down. Also the person passing is kind of looking or maybe ignoring the guy on the ground.

    Comparing is kinda difficult as the images are tonally quite different. I would guess that more people will choose A just as an effect that the eye is drawn to light parts of images first. Interesting to see the outcome ..

  257. Scott September 1, 2010 at 11:59 am #


    Great lines, grabs you and keeps you. Generates questions and keeps you engaged.

    B – you look and you leave.

  258. Leif September 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I prefere A, more dynamic, more tension and I love The man laying down.

  259. Puneet September 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    My mind is not at peace when I see photo A
    But B makes me more stable and relaxed and my eye slowly travels up the road then comes back through the buildings.
    But I don’t know what the heck is in photo A that draws my eye at first glance.

  260. Sal September 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Well B seems to follow all the photography “rules”…and I put them in quotes because rules are meant to be bent/broken (only after they’ve been learned) It pulls the viewer’s eyes to the center and eventually hit the ferris wheel….not much emotion but still architecturally solid. But A seems to convey more emotion (as already mentioned by others on here) and still hold some “rules” true , but leads the viewer’s eyes in many directions and eventually leads them back around again….full circle so to speak. So in my humble opinion…. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….but A holds my eye

  261. Sal September 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

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  262. Chris September 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    A. Tells a story, makes you think. Different angle that you don’t normally see. Makes you think about why, who, when, what. Like it. B is what we see every day, still a nice shot but doesn’t engage you as much as A.

  263. Irene September 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Love both but going with A. Interesting that all the people on the delineated path are all prone, either sitting or sprawled. Everyone else, not taking the marked path, is on the move.

  264. Carley September 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm #



    Because you can look past it. Your not looking down on it like A.

    I like the street view, the open sky, the one single car driving down the road along with the cars and motorcycles tucked closely to the sides that are tightly nestled against the tall buildings.

    The ferris wheel makes the shot more dynamic and intriguing throwing a literal loop in the mix

    Conclusions: I like photo B

  265. Wolf September 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Photo A, no doubt whatsoever. There’s more to discover, both visually for the eye as well as for the mind in the narrative of the shot.

  266. Zoe September 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I actually don’t really like either of them. Photo A makes no sense. While some people say it leaves them wondering, and they like it for that, That is the exact reason I don’t like it. Photo B is not a bad photo at all, but it’s pretty standard. It would fit really nice in a photo essay, but by itself doesn’t stand up for me. Though I would be very intersted if it were part of a photo essay to see the rest of the photos.

  267. George Quiroga September 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    I prefer A because of the minimalism and there is more of a mystery or a story in it. B is good because of the curved vs. linear juxtaposition but doesn’t make me wonder and the scene is a bit busy for me.

  268. Joyce September 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Love your “Which one is better?” posts. It’s so interesting to read all the comments as well as wondering what went on in your mind–both when you took the photos and when you studied them later.

    My vote goes to A. Both photos strongly make use of intersecting/converging lines, but for me A is more interesting visually (textures, small touches of color) and the presence of people serves to make it more stimulating for my imagination. Initially I just gave B a few seconds glance and returned to A. However, with subsequent looks, what did catch my attention and give me a bit of pleasure was that in B the various elements and tonal variations give it the look of an abstract painting. But primarily it’s also very evocative of photos taken decades ago, in WWII for instance. Nostalgia does have its uses. Earlier, Mark made the comment–“Photo B makes me think of Paris in a time I’ve never seen and will never know.” Photo A has a more modern, journalistic look to it–they look like they were taken in different eras.

    Brent Amaker and the Rodeo competition–when I voted for B I knew nothing about the band. However, since then I’ve done some reading on them and watched a couple of their videos. While I still prefer B, I would grudgingly say that with the seductively reclining woman in the foreground, A goes a little further in depicting the image of the band that they want to project. I consider A to be Chase Jarvis’s G-Rated photo of an X-Rated band. What-a-hoot–really wish I could have seen the shoot “Live”!

  269. TAM.ART.O September 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    I think A is better. It gives you something to think about. B is an effective shot in terms of converging lines but it leaves you in the white “nothingness” while shot A leaves you with a question and a potential story :-)

  270. Mark September 2, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    A, definitely. Quite apart from the unexpectedness of bloke laying on the ground, the composition itself does that magic eye/brain thing that gives you a bit of a buzz for reasons you can’t quite put your finger on.

  271. Geoff September 2, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    A by a country mile. Interesting POV, interesting lines, interesting stuff happening (people lying down), nice little splash of colour. No contest.

  272. Geoff September 2, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    I like A as I love the line and also the aspect – looking straight down! I live in Paris and have a similar shot looking off the Center Pompidou. Good stuff Chase, you are the man

  273. Jamie September 2, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Photo A definitely! Contrast between movement and static. 2nd thing is that you captured it at the precise moment without extraneous intrusion to the scene. That said, it would’ve been better if the people at the top right be cropped off.

  274. Oliver Kember September 2, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    Photo A wins it for me, largely because of the human element. Any photograph that tells a story about humans I’m going to relate to much more than an architectural photograph.

    The long straight parallel lines of the buildings receding towards the curved wheel is a clever juxtaposition, but a little contrived.

    The angle that the man is lying at compared to the direction that people are walking is clever in a much more organic way. You’ve captured a unique moment compositionally. Furthermore, looking down on people is a more interesting viewpoint than a photograph taken at street-level. The uniqueness of the viewpoint makes for a much more engaging photograph.

    I wonder which you prefer, and why?

  275. Jamie Gordon September 2, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    B does little for me for me. The lines of buildings are asymmetrical already, without needing the wheel in the background, so I don’t really think there’s any real juxtaposition going on I can get interested in. Sure the composition tends to lead the eye, but to where? Simply a rather grubby wall and a hedge – nothing special there, in fact almost a dead end. Plus it’s blocked by a car anyway so perhaps I can’t even go down there. I certainly don’t appear able to go to the wheel that way because of the wall. So it just makes me want to turn around and try another street. Also it’s too dark, as there is too much dynamic range in the image to have been captured on the camera.

    A on the other hand is great. Contrasts of the 6 people walking, 3 stationary; 5 walkers going the same direction, the other walker going in exactly the opposite direction. There are a couple sitting just on the edge near the corner, but they are not really in the image as you can only see their legs, more sort of spectators like us. There is the symmetry of the repeated circle patterns in the tiles, and simplicity of the whole background canvas being very plain. But then you have those lines crossing the image, perpendicular, one thick one thin, almost contradictory, and crossing near a golden point. Plus the line the walkers make combined with the other lines creates those lovely triangles, triangles everywhere in fact! Not to mention the mysterious and slightly comedic element of the lone man lying there, asleep? (Dead?) Seeming completely out of place in that environment, and ignored by everyone around him. And in fact you could almost think it was black and white image were it not for his red sleeves visible. Contrast and juxtaposition again. It’s very simple, beautifully composed. With contrasts and harmony, and many questions, and I feel many stories.

    To me, B is just some uninviting street with some cars parked along it, but A is a work of art that speaks to me. I would buy A.

  276. James Green September 2, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    A – It leaves you guessing as to what the H the guy on the floor is doing there. It’s got nice lines too and its not predictable like B. B is an echo of what we always see, A is more creative in my opinion. :)

  277. Daniel September 2, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    A. visual game. geometry, lines of flight. Play with the lines
    A. through the point of view is high, and nice.
    A. Because. There is a man on the floor?

  278. cduboisphotography September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    It looks like a better story than A. It looks like a love story.

  279. James September 2, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    I liked B at first for raw impact and atmosphere, but A is more interesting if you look at it longer. Is the man ok? Why is he there? Are those lines meant to symbolize a crosshair? It is more engaging. Yet for personal aesthetic I would get B to hang on my wall long before I got A.

    Both are good for different reasons, its an opinion. Some comments said it best when they said its your photo, there is no “better” one. Its subjective.

    One more opinion: I realize Paris inspires you, but I don’t think it’s your best work. Its nice to see something different, but some people raise a valid concern when they say some look like tourist photos. I’ve seen better of Paris, but I haven’t seen much better than your commercial stuff.

  280. Ian Lozada September 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I’d go with A. It just draws you in and makes you want to know the story of the sprawled man. B is just kinda there. The edges are too dark for detail and the ferris wheel off in the distance is nice but not enticing like the other photo.

  281. Dave Droney September 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    A. is all the way.

  282. Stephane Offort September 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    I like both….two very different aspects.
    A: brings me more to a human story or to ask; “what is it? what is going on there?”
    B: the graphic aspect; straight line, square closed frame from the houses and the curve at the end.
    They are two different categoties. If I look at A with a graphic approach, well… not so convincing. But on a human story; there is a lot to think, imagine and touch.
    So may be at the end it is more a question about the kind of pictures we are actracted the most ikn general or at this precise moment.

  283. Joe September 3, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    Definitely A IMHO because it tells a story, it has texture and contrast and is more memorable. B has a nice PV and pattern to it, but it didn’t resonate as much in comparison to A.

  284. Adrian September 3, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    I like A better. it opens up lots of ideas and thoughts. It has a more interesting concept to me, and the angle is one that I personally like a lot.

  285. Neil Hanawalt September 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    A. B is more visually interesting to me, but A looks like it has a story, and I want to know what it is. So, backing up… B is better, but A is more interesting and compels me to find out more.

  286. cm September 4, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    A, hands down.

  287. lko September 4, 2010 at 10:08 am #


  288. Katokay September 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    A – why ask why?

  289. Karel September 5, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    Photo A. IMHO… More dynamics, more to explore, more of a story in there.

  290. Vincent Tassy September 6, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    I’d go for picture A because it tells a story

    Not much going on in B …

  291. Ross September 7, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    A clearly because it’s geographically interesting and the people tell the story of the photo. B is rather mundane, even though I can see what you’re trying to do.

  292. Steve September 7, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    ‘A’ hands down – other than just being a better photo, it’s intriguing, it keeps you wondering what the hell is going on and it’s from a very odd perspective.

  293. fidi September 7, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    i like the VS ;)

    A is better

  294. lonniedawkins.com September 8, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    A – I don’t care for the subject matter in Picture A but it is the one that I keep going back to look at.

  295. Christian Carollo September 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    I really like both for their leading lines, but A sticks out to me just a little bit more because of the brightness.

  296. Brittany September 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Photo A, definitely. As an artist/photographer I believe that photos should make you curious more than anything else. I love seeing photos that cause me to ask questions. And photo A definitely does that. Nice perspective too.

  297. Kubernan September 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Photo B. I live in Paris. Photo B is Paris. Realistic.

  298. Peter Mahar September 10, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Both have interesting elements to them, however I think A evokes a stronger emotional pull to the image then (B). B’s cemetery and leading lines does a great job at bringing the viewer into the picture. A on the other hand does have interesting lines with the people walking around, but interestingly the man lying on the ground breaks the leading lines making a viewer stop in his tracks. The beautiful flow of people and lines across the page makes it pleasurable to look at, yet when your eyes hit the man on the ground you get a interesting halt to the smooth flow of the image. Which I think adds to the story of Why is this man on the ground? what is he doing? what is the story behind the image? It draws the viewer in and creates visual interest. I think it is very interesting that you chose these two pictures because picture B has great leading lines like A yet has no stop to it like A. It flows much better with no stopping and gets a sense of joy or at ease with the Ferris wheel in the back.
    In a nut Shell, A has a strong story
    B makes me feel care free
    Thanks for sharing.

  299. Kate Watson September 14, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Definitely A. From the moment I saw it, I was intrigued by the guy laying down. Why is he there? Did something happen? The compositional elements are there too: Leading lines guide the eye and even mark the main point of focus; he’s in the right third of the frame. It’s a more interesting, dynamic image. B is standard tourist fare.

  300. LMonkey September 16, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    B – Unique

  301. Duotone12 September 17, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Neither is better, both have differences that make them each have qualities that differentiate them.

    Photo A presents a question.
    Photo B creates anticipation.


  302. Dave Jonas September 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    They are both nice shots, but I like A much more because there’s more of a story to tell. B is nice because your eyes are drawn to multiple points of interests, but for me that’s where it ends. A is much more unique. It’s representative of American culture, in my opinion (even though it’s in Paris, I equate it to NY). It’s pure coincidence that the man that is passed out, happens to be passed out on the stone walkway as opposed to to cobblestone. The cobblestone is much larger and more representative of everyday people who are just passing this guy, who is on a small, skinny walkway – maybe an unfortunate sliver of life. Who knows how he got there, but no one else seems to care. It doesn’t have to even be normal people being disinterested in a homeless person – it can just be more fortunate people living their lives without a worry in the world, oblivious to other things in the world while the world passes everyone by.

    Some pictures are nice just because they show a beautiful image. But for me, the majority of pictures I love can elicit an emotion or tell a story or have some sort of contradiction or contrast.

    Ok I’m finally done.

  303. Rob September 19, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Most definitely A for me. Much more interesting graphically and the lead in lines take the eye to the recumbent image raising the question “what on earth is going on here”.

  304. Marcin Petruszka September 21, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    A. All the way. The only thing I’d rather not see in it are the ppl in top right corner – include them or exclude them but don’t cut them like this :) As mentioned above so many times :D
    Great idea – makes me want to do the same on my blog if you don’t mind.
    Have a good day!

  305. Daniel September 23, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Photo A for me. Very nice composition and it’s a picture which you don’t see every day. It’s different from the usual. That makes it very interesting. Very good work!

  306. Pablo September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    A. because I have taken the same phot from the top of the Pompidou Center and make me to think of Paris more

  307. Michael October 26, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    Intriguing A’s my choice.
    It looks like a nicely captured fleeting moment.
    And, how do they get the cobble-lock paving so consistantly right throughout Paris?

  308. Mervyn December 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Perspective shot from B is what i love..

  309. George February 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Allright, I choose A.
    B is all about the fun, playing with lines, leading the viewer’s eye, numerous layers in the image, plus cool (althoufgh slightly overdone) perspective. However in A, a critical moment is captured. It shows a guy lying down with none of the passer-bys looking at him (as far as I can tell). A tells a story and that’s why I like it more. Even if B feels closer to the ideal from the technical aspect, A delivers a message.

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    I like B but A is equally as awesome, if not better and it tells a better story that B.

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