I love the psychological aspect. The viewer's POV as the fifth character is great. The picture leaves the context of the interaction completely to the viewer's imagination. Interesting how some commentators imagine they "definitely" know what the story behind the scene is...and how people see everything from an innocent chat or flirting, to a drug deal, to two guys, or creepers, picking up school girls. Some say the picture has a warm and comfortable vibe; others feel it is "creepy" or sinister. Fascinating!
The posture of the girls and their interlocutors tells quite a bit, and the conversation - at least the part we are privy to - seems to be mostly between the taller guy and the girl with her ankles crossed. Tall guy also seems to be the "alpha" of the group: both of the girls and his companion are facing him. The girl in the front is looking at her (more relaxed?) friend and both have their hands in similar positions in front of their bodies. The guys have a bit of a bad-boy vibe..cigarette, hat, trenchcoat.
What do I see in the interaction? Two girls talking, maybe flirting, with two (slightly older?) guys. Schoolmates a grade or two above them? "Cool" friends of older brothers? The light, colour palette, and the stuff I mentioned above, suggests a warm and relaxed vibe with a bit of the nervousness (though tall guy seems quite confident) and sexual tension that comes with male-female interactions. I see a typical after school scene - nothing sinister going on here. Great work!
nb - Just read ~GrecoGecko17's comment and the artist's reply...looks like my analysis was pretty close to how Mr De Ro imagined the scene. Looking forward to exploring more of your work.
I love this! Its amazing how one picture could have so many different depths, emotions and meanings in it. For some reason the story i imagined is the 3 students skipped school and met this guy who tricks them by being nice and all and giving them an offer to do something for him in return for money, and then he kidnaps them.
The thing I like the most is that really tall building behind the trees in the background. I want to be behind one of its windows and watch these kids and their business! I think that guy with coat and hat is a secret agent who is instructing other three kids! it's like "melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"
Omgosh Those Trees! <3 Secret Hideout Perhaps, Somewhere Were The Kids Can Get Away From Rules, Parents, And Find Themselves. They Do What They Want (Since They Dont Listen To The Rule No Smoking haha) And The Girls Look Very Relaxed, Maybe Flirting?
The stuff I had on my desk barely fits into my backpack. Where did my friends go? Hey, there's a door...might as well go out this way. Huh! An alley? Creepy. I have never been here before. Since when did this school need razor-wire? Especially on a fence that goes nowhere. Oh, my friends are there! Wait...those are...not my friends. I don't even know them. They don't go to school here do they? That guy with the funny hat and coat surely can't be in high school... The door is locked. So much for going back in the way I came. Maybe I can walk past unnoticed...I bet not. Oh well, they won't be there forever. I can wait. I reach for my smokes, but notice the sign...damn. Wait, that kid is smoking. He looks nervous. I light one of mine. Now who's nervous? Why is no one moving? I can't wait forever... Those girls look familiar, or at least the uniforms do. They're talking, but I hear nothing. Weird. I wonder if they noticed me standing here...watching them...for a long............ time. Could be longer still. Might already have been forever...stupid door.
Your work always has the only ting I ever ask for in art. Feeling. As always, well done!