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Vestiges 8 - "Échoué" - Beached
 
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Vestiges 8 - "Échoué" - Beached


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Leica M6 with 35 mm Summicron, Agfa RX100, exposure unrecorded

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Although categorised as nature, which has invaded this old boat, "Beached" is part of a

series I call "vestiges" (of human presence). Welcome your thoughts.

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Outstanding capture, well balanced exposure and composition wise, wishing you all of the best.

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Thanks, Rashed.  It's a digital copy of my 10 year old print from a Fujichrome slide, but I prefer the advantage of digital now, in the capability of using the histogram for exposure. I enjoyed briefly viewing your fine portraits in your Sri Lanka series.

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Hi Clint. Thanks for your appreciation. I wish it was as easy to get E-6 processing as before, as I don't do my own. Still possible, but you have to go that extra mile to find that good out of town lab. Perhaps because the sky was overcast, the greens of the former Agfa film in the original transparency seem to be like those of Velvia (happily still available). 

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Arthur

Very nice and meaningful pictures. All of them. I commend you. They all have the feel of WabiSabi (the beauty of things as they are, and not as what we want them to be). The word critique is very strong; if I may, I would like to share an observation:

The center of attention in your pictures are usually (maybe in all cases) centered, or rather, too centered. By center I do not meed "middle", but that they are "too" delicately composed. For the beauty of things as are they are, and not as what we want them to be, I recommend if you explore abandoning the "structure" in your layout. Daido Moriyama and Tomatsu Shomei, to achieve this, sometimes used camera off the eye (not necessarily hip level). They took it with hands eyes, rather than the face's.

Again, I enjoyed the pictures, and thank you for sharing. 

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Hi, Nozar. I very much appreciate your comments regarding the approach/philosophy of "things as they are", and the downside of too consciously structuring an image. I will certainly read the works of the Japanese photographers/artists and am very glad you mentioned them to me. I have been experimenting with both the square frame and the rectangular (35mm format aspect ratio) and trying to use either assymetrical or symmetrical placements of subject matter in both cases. I guess that I have often centered my subjects a bit too much and this is often the case when the subject matter is simple (That is, not composed of several elements dispersed within an image, but singular ones). I can attribute a part of this approach to a reading of Rudolph Arnheim's book entitled "The Power of the Center" (interesting dynamics nonetheless). Shooting from the hip or with less usual and viewfinderless approaches is something I keep telling myself to do but which I need to spend more time at, and in a more spontaneous manner, as we can often recognise good compositions very rapidly in the mind. Thanks for your insightful critique. Regards, Arthur

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