Been spending a lot of time on here!
This was in the bathroom waiting hall... It was tight so I had to use a wide angle = distortion at close range.
This, exactly! To me, the photographs on the wall give the image some substance, and are one of the features that make the image as strong as it is!Nice. The art behind is slightly distracting for me as well, but I feel like the room wouldn't make sense if it were plain solid walls studio style.
It doesn't matter how you place the subjects in front of 4 bright small frames with black borders, it will be slightly distracting and there will always be something wrong and un-purposeful.
If you had him move a half-step to the right then the bottom right piece would have disappeared and his head would be completely framed by the other piece's frame.
You could have had him move a step to the left, which would have put him in the middle, and given a nice symmetry to the art. This second option would have also given you the ability to get rid of that door frame on the right.
There's also a lot of dead space in this portrait, particularly at the top. I understand that you needed to shoot at a wide angle because you wanted a full body shot, but you did not need to shoot this wide.
Then you have two sticks growing out of his head.
I think the best option would have been to remove the two frames on the right but a little too late now. lol
I agree with the negative space and the symmetry in the picture though... gonna go back and clone more stuff to the left side