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    • I hope that you are asking for critique, 'cause you're about to get some. ;-)
      (Just positives.)

      The first image is the stronger of the two. While it's a simple subject matter, and classical in style, it evokes a stronger and more visceral reaction. The foreground framing is also classic, but your rendition is executed with care and thought. The scene is easy to relate to many experiences, but the level of detail should translate nicely to a large print.

      The second image is a bit more simplistic in scene, reasonably compelling subject matter overall, but the subject himself is detached and introverted from both the surroundings in the scene and from the viewer. Nice and subtle leading lines in the floor help to draw the viewer into the subject. Enough detail in the scene to be somewhat interesting at first glance, but easy to walk away from by the observer. Nicely seen.

      Technical execution of both images is very high-level, with obvious deliberation and caring.

    • Fascinating!! I wish I'd known he was going to be there and I would have gone. Major respect for him.

      I'm not the best at critique but I have a strange desire in your first shot to see the footings of the columns. The tops, up by the hanging light, are beautiful with so much detail I immediately went to see what the bottoms were like. It was as if I was looking in the camera viewfinder and wanted to take one step back to include them.

      I was about to say that I don't know what else you do on this shot to improve it, but I did a reverse image search to see what other photographers tried and found this one, supposedly from this site. I did find the detail from a few steps back to be lovely.

    • I love the balance in the 2nd image with the right side negative space on the wall hanging offset by the gentleman in front of it sitting ever so slightly to the right. Very nice.