Published: Sunday 16th of December 2007 01:20:33 PM
GREAT GREAT SHOT !!! Excelent. I love this photo.
Fantastic portrait! Capture of expression, light, pose, contrast, (not formal) composition, all are excellent! Lovely face! Merry Christmas.
This is not a recent photo, but I posted it again in black and white with a different frame because I must admit it is one that I am fond of. Thank you very much for all the attention given to this image, it is closer to my heart than much of my other work.
So beautiful expresion and tonality!!Great!!
Many thanks Jim, I appreciate it because you do not give a description of your likes or dislikes of this image but how you feel it can be viewed. That's really interesting. Of course, you cannot influence anyone on how to look at a photo, but you can try to imagine how the author may perceive his work and hence others too. That is the very essence of what art critique is all about. As you so rightly say, the "narrative" is the key to the whole thing, not just here but in other works too. Above, she is sitting by a window, is it a train or elsewhere, that's for the viewer to imagine, but it is a fleeting moment captured in the life of the young lady ... her thoughts and actions are there for us to imagine or reconstruct ... whether we remain indifferent or not is up to us. It is an attempt therefore at something more than just a portrait. The original crop may correspond more closely to that definition .. Thanks again Jim, it's this kind of comment that makes me feel it's all worthwhile. Have a wonderful Christmas and New year and all the other friends on PN too, Danny included.
John, A very original portrait. The contrast and the pose are complemented by the soft focus and "noise". Excellent. Jim Phelps
Excellent portrait John.Great work.7/7.My best regards.
Markos George Hionos
beautiful bw portrait - contrast framework absolute fine !
That's not a usual John Peri photo , It's beautiful and I love it . Especially the expression and grain I like the whit part on the right , It gives a feeling she is on a plane or train with light entering through a window
Edwin M. Rosenbloom
Och a luv it :-)
Thank you friends, glad you liked it.
John, Its wonderful. Great effect and the looks of the model. So lively and charming. Just a query, why you left the extra space in right side in white shed?
Kaushik, Hy ! As I mentioned at the top of the page, this is a different rendering of an old photo. There are many presentations possible, I was trying something new. The above is the colour version that I posted earlier. I fully sympathize that one may like one and not the other, or neither come to that !
Niels Christian Roe
Very beautiful, but the old colored one, i loved most, one of the best portrait you have made,,re niels
Danny, there are a couple of rather presumptious remarks here .. what are my options, either to let it go or to answer in an equally candid manner. Why not, so here goes! First of all, allow me to say that you have no means whatsoever of knowing what I want to hear, just as I have no way of knowing what you expect either in my responding here! Secondly, I am not after any glory. I am basically just an occasional weekend photographer and I know very little about photo competitions, other than my submissions to PHOTO Magazine for their annual contest over the last three years, on each of which occasions my photos were published. This picture above was also selected for reproduction in a book on Portraiture. I am not by any measure attempting to show off by saying this, just like any other photographer I produce more than my share of nonsense too, and that would be absurd. I just put forward that your theories are unfounded, undocumented and unjust. I am delighted to receive your opinion about this or any other of my pictures, and I fully sympathize that there is much work that you may not like (I likewise have many photos of my own posted that I do not like at all !), but please do not assume through such wide-sweeping remarks what I want or not, or what others may feel about any particular work of mine. You are not the holder of the only truth, some undoubtedly will agree with you others not, as evidenced by the photo above and the response to it both on and away from this site.
Danny, You are critiquing this foto strictly from a form/compositional point of view. This fails to take into account the narrative nature of foto. While this is often done in some competitions, it completely disregards the narrative aspects of the foto. This is done because the narrative (and its interpretation) can be much more subjective than the form/composition. Most of John Peri's work is significantly more narrative than formal (as is evidenced by his model's tendency to be looking directly at the camera). This foto falls into that category. In this foto, the model is looking directly at the camera, which when coupled with the noise, the focus, and the facial expression gives the viewer a sense of dreamy intimacy. It is as if the viewer is being allowed to view the model at a very special, and very private moment. The white space to the viewer's right gives the viewer a sense of depth (and tends to balance her face somewhat), which contributes to this feeling of intimacy. This interpretation, while admittedly subjective, deals with the impact of the foto on the viewer. Which, when all is said and done, is all that is significant. Other viewers may see the narrative of this foto differently, but in most cases, the foto will have an emotional impact. A good example of "bad" composition is Picasso's "Guernica", which breaks many of the standard "rules" of formal composition and is considered to be one of, if not the, best art works of the 20th Century. An example of "good" composition can be found in Edward Weston's nudes. These are pure studies in form, and have very little emotional impact on the viewer. In summary, a complete critique of this foto (and in fact most of Peri's work) should include the narrative and address the overall impact of the foto on the viewer. To quote Ansel Adams, "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Jim Phelps
Grainy beauty. There is a very nice balance between her face and the white area in the right.
Beautiful feeling. Wonderful expression and mood. Nicely done. Dan
Very original, excellent B&W! 7/7, John. Alberto
Sheryl W (Blue Mt.)
great choice for bw image... a fresh look... beautiful eyes... Warm Regards and all the Best for 2008
Excellent portrait,John.Like the composition & effect.
How sweet Biliana, thank you. She's the pretty one. I'm just the photographer !
I agree with Jim and John's point of view about this photo. The white part on the model's left face is, of course, against the rules of "classic" photography; however, it also helps the photo's composition most eye-catching besides the beautiful expression of the model at the moment. John! I think we are too much...alike in photographic perspectives:o). I would have the same photo taken without a second thought ;o).
Excellent B&W interpretation of this image.. Love the texture and composition balance.
Markos George Hionos
merry x/mas and a happy new year !!......and thank you .
Ha ha .. thank you Tanya ... but there are no "rules" in photography, only good photos and bad photos .. :-)
Haha! Of course, what you have just said is "the truth" for people like you, some others and...me :o).
Ricardo Diaz-Granados Zabarain
John, Excellent expression on her face, B&W, contrast and light. Well done..! Ricardo
Stunning! O - M - G! This is gorgeous John! Fantastic, delicious, dreamy, compelling! It's everything I want in a portrait! WOW!
How sweet Jody, thank you.
excellent portrait, with your talent you can give also more of this nice portrait. Well done..!
John, If you will, could you please tell me how you achieved the grain in certain places and not in others? I would like to learn to be more selective about the treatments I use. Is this what is called a mask, and if so, how would I go about doing this? Thank you in advance if you care to answer. :)
I absolutely love this portrait! The treatment you have chosen is what sets this image apart; I love the grain and the light area on the right side - it gives a sense of spontaneity to the photo. Thank you for sharing! :)
Thank you Trsiha, but unfortunately, I can't find anything useful to say. This is from the days of film and it was scanned initially from a colour print. It is also blown up quite a bit which I guess will explain the appearance of grain. Now why there is less grain in the white areas I have no idea, other than that this part may be a little blown out. It was just skyline as I remember it ... so sorry not to be able to be of more use. Best wishes, John
Looking towards 2008 ... ..modified from a previous version ..