The secondary spread of the Sakhi Gulestan Obituary Feature delivers the soul of the story after leading from the stunning close-up shot of Sukhi on the two pages before.
These sort of hybrid photo essay layouts are quite difficult. One, the artist must manage and cascade a large amount of photography in a logical order so that it flows with the story that is being told. And two, the artist must find a way to mix horizontal and vertical photography in the determined order of the narrative but also find a way to make the puzzle of pictures interesting yet orderly.
One anchoring seam within such types of layout is a constant thread of white space that needles its way between each photo and each paragraph of copy to eventually create a clean pattern of its own.
From my earliest days in graphic design, way before the era of desktop publishing, I was taught to squint my eyes in order to see the boundaries of a layout.
Therefore when squinting or just standing from a reasonable distance, the viewer will see a overall pattern that is appealing to the eye. And once in focus, the viewer will see the flesh of the article and story at hand. It\'s this sort of duality I balance when creating layouts heavy with important photography.