Everything about it is implied – nothing is sharp, it’s for the viewer to decide what the picture is about. It’s called “Going east” for the simple reason that the two figures are walking in an easterly direction.
Visual design as I have said in the past for me is about dominance, balance and tension. The tension in this picture is provided by the body on the RHS.
I like the way the eye is taken through the picture in two different but similar ways a) the curved highlight line on the road, the eye looks for bright lines to follow and b) the implied diagonal line made up of the drain cover bottom left, main figure and the figure & railings on the edge (that’s why they were put there and left in).
There is also the element of contrasting textures between the low contrast sand on the road and the high contrast timber of the beach huts in the top left.
Technicalities – Deliberate defocussing in the camera by focusing at my feet at f2.8, the usual 3×2 format was cropped in Lightroom to 16:9 to reduce and balance the foreground. Lith processed in Lightroom with 1600 ASA grain added with Silver Efex Pro 2.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS