What do you see when you look at a picture for the first time? I know when I first saw this picture, I thought what pain this character has been through. His back is turned away from where he is supposed to be facing , meaning he is self conscious, unsure of things, unwilling to face things head on.
The lights are dimmed which gives this picture an extra sad vibe, also while showing a vulnerable side. Cobblepot’s eyes are closed which can mean that whatever is going on in front of him, he wants to close his eyes to it.
I believe that we all can relate to this character, and no I’m not talking about the killing of people, I’m talking about having a painful past, wanting to be noticed for the hard work that we put into a certain task.