1. in what area is critique to be sought?
Composition, post-processing and critics' feeling about the picture.
2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
The feeling of joy between the mother & the child; A mother's love;
3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
It was taken in the botanic garden at around 6.30pm, against the cloudy sky. The statue is in the open space; I was instantly attracted by it's posture which speaks/evokes a lot of emotion of love & joy in me; Especially in the midst of the wide open field and the vast sky above, that really lightens the mood.
This photo was taken with my Canon Ixus 40, at ISo 100 which is a bit noisy( I should have used Iso 50, somehow forgotten to dial back). So I added some grains & vignette into the photo during editing to make it look more presentable. The bushes at the lower right corner has also been cropped away as I find it distracts the viewers' attention from the statue.
4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
I think the boundless sky symbolises the unconditioned love of a mother. The birds in the sky symbolise freedom of the child, that the mother will someday has to let go of. As to the moment of joy, the statue speaks for itself.