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« on: May 08, 2012, 09:47:48 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 11:23:38 AM »
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Enjoy.




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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 12:04:47 PM »
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And the meaning of this one is...?

I see the guy's backside is covered by a leaf. I don't know, it is usually one's front that is covered, and it is usually a fig leaf. In this case, I am completely baffled as to the meaningfulness of this image.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 12:13:28 PM »
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Also baffled that the title suggests that there was only one photograph from today and this was it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 12:31:59 PM »
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I think I'll stick to my fog snapshots  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 12:35:39 PM »
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Your fog photo isn't a snapshot, John. Mine is.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 12:42:50 PM »
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Slobadon, I don't pretend to define what meaning you find in a photograph. If you find some meaning in mine, that's fine. Perhaps you do not, it seems as if you do not, and that's also fine. Perhaps you don't even care about meaning, and that's fine too. Meaning is my motivation, and I do not intend to force it on anyone else.

I do care for meaning, and I strive to produce photographs in which the viewer might find some meaning, photographs which induce some reaction or emotion beyond the actuality of the subject. I do not pretend to succeed consistently, that's my goal, my destination, not my location.
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 12:46:01 PM »
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louoates, I assume you are being facetious, but perhaps english is not your first language. "Today's <Noun>" is an idiomatic usage, and does not carry a connotation of "only one today, in the universe". I might say "Today's lunch was a curry wrap" without intended that everyone on earth ate a curry wrap for lunch, only that I did myself.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 12:46:56 PM »
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And, finally, if anyone would like to actually say anything about my photograph, that would be delightful.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 12:57:06 PM »
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Your fog photo isn't a snapshot, John. Mine is.

Amolitor

I apologise for my comment. Looking back at my previous thread, I think that I misread the intention of your post in that one (Oaks in Fog).

As to your picture here - like the others, I'm somewhat baffled. The composition could work well, if the figure was slightly less advanced through the frame and if the leaves of the plants were not obscuring the subject so strongly (and very OOF to boot). It's the kind of thing which HCB would pull off brilliantly and manage to compose on the fly, as it were. This is a bit like naive painting - the lack of technique (in the sense of formal composition and framing) is initially offputting, but unlike the great naive artists there seems to be little in the way of substantive content to compensate.

Well, that's sort of what I think - sounds a bit pompous, doesn't it  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2012, 01:00:37 PM »
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... I do care for meaning...

And that is why I asked what do you see in it.

Too often people post photographs and ask "what do you think?" or similar. Well, before asking us to say something about it, how about you tell us something about your photograph? Some photographs speak for themselves, i.e., the intent and meaning is either obvious or easy to ballpark. Some are more cryptic and do require a thought or two from the author.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 01:13:38 PM »
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No worries, John! Thanks for your thoughts, and thank you for taking the time to formulate them and write them down.

Slobadon, fair enough. I'm interested in what people see in a photograph with a bunch of explanation, and I even dislike titles since I want to see what I can feel first. However, since you ask politely, I will tell you what I was striving for.

First, what I was trying for isn't entirely capable of being put down in words - else why make the photograph? I visualized the photograph first with a corner, a man's foot and coat visible, having passed around the corner, in motion. Looking quickly around my back yard, I decided to try it down the aisle between the two buildings instead. The initial notion was a feeling of departure, of someone passing by or of leaving, someone almost gone but not quite. Looking at the results I shot, I decided to emphasize the light ahead of the figure, and darken the area behind, to enhance the sense of motion from one place to another.

So, the ideas are departure and secondary idea of movement from/to. Ideally, the photograph would evoke a remembered feeling of when someone in your life moved on in some sense, or perhaps a scene from a book or a movie where something similar occurred.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 01:22:10 PM »
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Sorry to say but I don't get the idea behind this either, as others have mentioned.  
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2012, 01:25:22 PM »
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Well, before asking us to say something about it, how about you tell us something about your photograph?
That would certainly change how we looked at the photo - we'd ask different questions about the photo, our eyes would scan the photo differently and focus on different segments depending on how what was written changed the context.

I wasn't able to not know that Flateyri had been crushed by avalanche after seeing Rajan Parrikar's comment - and I wasn't able to untangle that knowledge from whatever feelings I had about the photograph itself.

So perhaps it's better to start off without a contextualising description, just with the photo.
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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2012, 01:30:47 PM »
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So, the ideas are departure and secondary idea of movement from/to. Ideally, the photograph would evoke a remembered feeling of when someone in your life moved on in some sense, or perhaps a scene from a book or a movie where something similar occurred.
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For that to work ( for me) the figure needs to be more prominent in the frame, it's just not commanding enough attention to suggest the idea behind the photo.
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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2012, 01:31:53 PM »
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The concept, as described, is fine. The execution requires simplification and refinement... which means, in all likelihood, another take. A partial figure, a blurred figure (or part of), with other elements subordinated to the main idea, instead of overpowering it and competing for attention.
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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2012, 01:36:25 PM »
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Ideally, the photograph would evoke a ...
Sorry, I just see a dark photo of the back of some stranger's head walking away from me down an alley. How are you going to get me to care about what's happening?
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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2012, 02:47:41 PM »
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Sorry, I just see a dark photo of the back of some stranger's head walking away from me down an alley. How are you going to get me to care about what's happening?



Maybe if you stood up...

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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2012, 03:51:38 PM »
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Riaan, what was it you claimed?

We are afterall talking about a photo Abbye posted for comments, not comments about other people's comments.

Seems like talking about a photo is way way too difficult for Rob C.
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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2012, 04:03:41 PM »
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I think it could be interesting, but...

* It is a bit dark.
* The leaves in front of the person break the visual train of thought. 

A very slight bit lighter and without those leaves on the left, I think it could work, but unfortunately, that isn't what you got right now.  If you have access to the location, I'd give it another shot because it is an interesting idea in an interesting place.
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