I am relatively new to thematic portraiture (i.e. this here above shot, taken as part of a series for a band called Snooze). I took this picture with the intention to portray how, we typically drag ourselves to work, to school, to face the daily grind, every morning with this reluctance and dreariness, and how we often conform to this routine, albeit with a lack of enthusiasm.
Reason for conversion to black and white was that I felt it goes in line with the whole mood of the character and the image. The tiles surrounding the mirror also, are a rather eye-catching shade of green, and they might distract the viewer.
I would like to seek critique on composition. Would it have been better if the actual person had been excluded from the frame, and just the mirror image be included?
I would also like to seek critique on exposure and lighting. This shot was lit with one off-camera strobe, off to the right of frame, pointed at the reflection of the person, as the reflection is the main subject, not so much the real person in the foreground. Was this a good decision, or should I have pointed it at the subject himself? Also, is the rest of the shot a little too dark, or do you find it acceptable?
All other comments are also welcome.