Now that's a good one, Elaine, I love it. Great detail working with the dog alone and the arms/hands of the dog owner. It is maybe a stereotype but I have the impression that these guys very often have this kind of dog neither small nor big but kind of scary looking although right now I find the doggy looks fairly content and won't bite (haha). No other way than b/w in my eyes, perfect for this kind of shot. I wondered about "Bitch" :-) but looking closer this is what it says on his t-shirt. Goes into my choices, a. for its quality and b. for its originality.
Without your note, I wouldn't have understood why this picture was competing for the ToM. I really like pictures borderline, showing that under a name, you can have many interpretations.The B&W was suitable for this kind of picture.
As a street photographer, I would not dare to take this kind of picture, mainy with the tattooed and ringed man
Excellent shot and really great choice to go with B&W. I like the contrast of cold and hard and SHARP and Pointy metal and the soft and gentleness of the relationship between the dog and it's owner....
This deserves a vote for "Brave Shot of the Year" let alone the TOM! Nice work.
BTW, George Best has been replaced by a mural of Aretha Franklin beside the Banksy in the image you posted last month.
Everlasting (2018/09/06 06:43:40): Seems like we were there just in time then, beer, Banksy and Aretha wouldn’t have worked for the title or the story ;).
Leaving for France this weekend.........
Sorry I'm so slow to this, but sharp is a very hard theme for me so I'm doubly impressed with this entry. You have framed a real winner here for all the reasons already listed above: Your creative vision, B&W, your bravery in taking this shot and finally your skill in framing & managing the light. GLV, Pat