I can't be too sure what is making the children in Kyriakos' 'Blue Mantle' look so frightened, but their stunned faces tell the story far better than any words could. Image after image, each kid looks startled--irritated, even--by the photographer's presence.
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Implications - Photographers always look to capture raw emotion, and mainstream culture's increasing preference for individuality and unbridled expression have created an environment that welcomes gritty, less-staged photography. Unlike couture fashion photography, which favors opulent, surreal settings, this genre has a darker aesthetic that's more accessible to recession-affected consumers. Companies can take advantage of this opportunity by straying away from formal, staged print ads and adopting a more guerrilla approach.