Another Beauty Shop Saturday Night at 114 1/2 W. Innes St. (Please click on photo to view larger)

by Kelly Landrum

another beauty shop saturday night at w innes st seeking critique kelly landrum

Gallery: Photos

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Street

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Date Time Original : 2011-03-19 23:23:16
Focal Length : 420/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/45
Exposure Time : 1/45
Aperture Value : 4.8
F Number : 4.5
Iso Speed Ratings : 3200
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 6
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows

Published: Sunday 3rd of April 2011 06:11:37 PM


Landrum Kelly

Thanks, guys.


Landrum Kelly

Thank you, Mike.


Jack McRitchie
Nicely done, Lannie. The composition is such that it forces you to stop for a moment to comprehend the story and anything that causes us to slow down and look for even a brief time is to be applauded. I like the coloring here, too, which seems both warm and cool at the same time perhaps because the panels where we can view the interior are cooler and less saturated than the exterior frames and the pictures which cover the windows.

W J Gibson

what an unusual and intriguing composition

Holger Stelljes

Good use of lines and angles. I also like the color contrast from the pictures to the real people. My only objection is the 114 1/2 is partially obstructed and since its the title of the image I placed some importance to it. Granted it's a very minor thing to an otherwise good street image. Take care.



Mike Marcotte

What a good eye Lanny, Terrific

Landrum Kelly

Thanks, Jack.  This was totally serendipitous. I was carrying the long lens to shoot to see the moon, which was nowhere in evidence early on because of a heavy cloud cover, and so I began to look around for things to shoot downtown.

As luck would have it, I had to back way across the street and even up the street to get this with the long lens with TC, and the framing just fell into place.

I hope you're doing well.


Fred G

Wow. Very nicely done. There are more than a few stories going on here, which reveal themselves slowly, which is a great accomplishment. Definitely works better larger although your large size is a little too large. I'd go about 3/4 of the large size so it will fit on most screens, I think.

It's a slice of life, and there is life in the photo, not just in the subject. The color handling is, as Jack mentioned, very nice. The movement suggested especially in the posture of the little girl on the left is great. You get bits and pieces of a story sort of strewn among the posters of the girls. There's no self consciousness here, just a geometric breakdown of living and doing. 

I heartily disagree with the comment about the address. I think it works well with the sort of staggered, suggestive, almost compartmentalized approach to the storytelling. It's also real and I think it draws attention to text in a good way. Photographs and paintings can use letters and numbers to advantage and almost abstract them while they can maintain their real-world purpose. Yours serves as a location marker, an address, but it adds a touch of art historical reference, I think, allowing text to blend in with geometry and story.

Well done. There's honesty here. No pretense. And respect. Rather than feeling like you've used the people here, it feels like you were curious about them and you've brought us closer to their lives rather than keeping us at bay. Even though you're on the outside looking in, you managed to create a moment of intimacy. The main woman's fingers helps a lot to create that feeling for me. It's a delicate gestural ingredient.

Landrum Kelly

Thank you, Fred!  You see so much more than most people--and, yes, the crop of the numbers was very careful and deliberate, as it was on the other three sides of the photo.


Landrum Kelly
Beauty Shop, 114 1/2 W. Innes St. Comments welcome.


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