This is a totally contrived a.k.a. staged photo. I had the fence, a pedestal, and a garden gnome just sitting around doing nothing so I thought, that would make a decent black and white photo.
I have the aperture wide open (f/2.8) to soften the fence in the background. I’m focused in the the gnome’s eyes using the back button then moving slightly to put the gnome off-center to give it a bit of room for his gaze.