A perfect example of how depth of field can completely make a background become insignificant. The statue is clearly the dominant figure in this photo. Having a fast lens allows this to happen.
Shallow Depth Of Field
Taken at the Hoboken Terminal, these post was shot with a Canon 5D mark II and a Canon 24mm TS-E 3.5L lens. I used the lens to create a shallow depth of field along the length of the decaying post. I used "Manual Zoom" to take the close up. In case you didn't know what "Manual Zoom" is, it's when you physically move your body closer to your subject as a means of zooming in. In this case I was crotched on the "Zoomed Out" photo and simply stood up and used the Live View feature of my camera along with my arms stretched out fully to obtain the "Zoomed In" point of view.