The front page embodies this idea. Baltimore and one of its most cherished harbors is framed by Key Highway. By de-emphasizing the skyline, areas of the harbor where locals congregate to play volleyball, enjoy great food, and generally socialize, are brought to the front of the observer's attention.
Spatial arrangement is reinforced through the use of colors that project depth. Caustic orange of Sodium lamps lighting Key Highway blend the foreground into the background as the observer tracks the more neutral tan and green colors of the volleyball playing fields all the way back to vivid blues, grays, and blacks of the skyline, pushing it back as far as possible.
Choosing to compose this photo in such a way is how I tell the story of where and what is dear to the people who live in these places. Throughout this project I want to find the social hot spots that tourists might never think to see. Equally importantly, I want to compose my pictures in a way that won't betray the scene by relegating it to a postcard. The stories must be genuine, and most importantly, personally palatable to the inhabitants of these cities.