A couple weeks ago I did a post mortem; I invite you to take a stab at it this week.
To analyze a photograph, be critical, be pragmatic, be logical. Set aside your emotions for a moment. Remember that teacher in school you hated? That unforgiving one who always left red marks all over your papers. Be that teacher for ten minutes.
First, take a look at the values of this B&W image, ranging from very dark to very light. Is there a good range of the gray mid-tones in between? Is this too contrasty? If you think it’s a heavy contrast, is it an effective one? What would you change?
Look at the light. How many are there? Are they used effectively? What would you change?
And what about the composition? Is this person framed well? Does it follow or break the rule of thirds? Effectively?
Consider the pose and the expression of the model. Is it flattering? Does it help tell the story?
After you’ve considered these questions, retrieve your emotions. Take a deep breath and look at the image again. Do you like it? Why or why not? What does it make you feel?