Sometimes, the most literal image isn’t the one that communicates the best. An example of this is photographing surgical students in a cadaver lab. Yes, body parts everywhere, in various stages of surgery. If you’re shooting for images that depict the students, how they concentrate, how they look while working, it may not be the best idea to show the grisly details of the bodies. Sometimes, the best way is through. This image was shot through the shoulders of other students working together. It shows the concentration of the student and a potential applicant could look at this and think, “yes, that could be me.” The cropping was done in camera. It follows some of the general rules for positioning the subject but breaks the rule of not cropping into the subject. Besides, I think the rules are just “guidelines”! The only post work was to increase the saturation a little bit to help the blues of the surgery gown and the warmth of her face. Look ahead, look behind, and always, look through.