There are pictures you like and pictures you don't, but only rarely can one be called a "tour de force." (Random House Dictionary: "An exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius"; Collins English Dictionary: "A masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment.") Karl Knize, who sent us the link, titled his email "The Ultimate B&W Photograph?" You see his point.
This is by Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek, of a man feeding swans and ducks by a river in Krakow. For pictures of people feeding birds by a riverbank, of which I've seen numberless examples over many years, I guess this about closes the category.
(Thanks to Karl)
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Adam Lanigan: "Gorgeous. I'm always tormented when seeing photos like that. I feel the need to rise to a higher level blended perfectly with the desire to just hang it all up."
Ahem: "Whenever I see 'tour de force' on a book description, I stop reading since it's a tired, over-used phrase. Once in a blue moon (see what I did there?) it is an apt description. This is one of those cases."
Mike replies: I change the channel whenever a commercial begins, "Introducing the revolutionary...."