So, in hindsight I did not need to produce a second composition, however, I am glad I did and I view the 1984 concept as by far the more convincing image. The recommended changes for this image were:
- To re-frame the image for a more symmetrical comp. This I have done, however, it forced a change in the image aspect ratio as the original image had too little negative space around the central content. Generally I want to get images correct in camera, however, this type of exercise really needs some space around the subject to enable some freedom in framing. As I was using a prime lens on my camera, and had a very limited freedom of movement I could not adjust this at time of shooting
- To make the central Stalin opaque. This improved the strength of the image and did reduce confusion in the center of the picture.
- I have added the authors name
- It was suggested that the two "Men in Black" on the stairs were barely visible. I have not moved them, however, I had two shots with these men in view and so have cloned two sets of these men into the frame. This adds some extra menace in a group of similarly dressed men ascending towards Big Brother
- When I processed the image this time, I have changed the shade of blue in the split toning to something a little darker
All in all a good learning experience and an eye opener in terms of how easy it is to severely manipulate an image in this way