I like this as a stand alone image, but not as much, I think, as I would if I were seeing it as part of a 'body of work'. It's dynamic and, as you suggested, Jim, has ominous portent.
I have only read "Beauty in Photography" once...it wasn't enough. I need to read it again. I'm not sure if he used too many words or too few, because I haven't retained much. I'll give it another go.