Photo by Andrew Kufahl
The thing that I really enjoy about this photo is the light. I'm not talking necessarily about the quality of the light or anything like that (which is normally what I tend to focus on)... instead I am referring to the role the light plays in this photo. It's the first time (I think) that I treated the light like it was a subject, that it represented "something", as opposed to it just being a tool that illuminates the scene. It's used in this photo as something that has a presence. It is the recipient of the sword, the recipient of the subject's gaze, and responsible for the subject's submissive demeanor.