I took the picture in order to capture the stillness and starkness of the pre-party scene. In just a few moments the setting would be transformed into a joyous and lively celebration.
I expected the crisp white linen, shiny glassware and the wine bottles would be the most interesting elements in the finished photo. In actuality, when I look at the photo, my eye is always drawn to what is outside of the room. My eye is drawn through the pristine window to the shabby building with the boarded-up windows across the street; in the background.