Details are important to storytelling.
Sometimes they are either overlooked or overshot. I've certainly worked on assignments where I am drawn to lots of details images that speak volumes about the subjects. I tend to walk away with more images of these small components to the story than the person themselves. Other times, it's the complete opposite.
I think the problem with details is that they're generally weaker alone than if apart of a wider story. Every once in a while, I'll see a detail image that can tell the entire story beautifully. There is nothing quite like it.
With that said, images that seem important to a photographer at the time may be just a small part of the overall story.
This is one of those images. In racing, there is a very distinct wardrobe of the drivers - fire-suit and driving-shoes. But I'm always drawn to that stark contrast of their support system - dressed impeccability.
Covering lots of races this year, the above frame is one I keep seeing and working, but have never lined up as I envisioned it. It wasn't until I saw all-star racer Kyle Busch sitting on the grid wall with his wife in the same posture that I thought it was worth making the picture.
Is it a knockout, telling picture? No. Yet it's a subtle detail that says a lot about the sport in a humanizing, larger grand scheme type of way? I think so.