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Hello!

I would really appreciate any advice on creative ways which I can display and frame my work. I am torn between blowing the images up large or having them small, so the viewer needs to look closer, like a voyeur. I will really appreciate any feedback given, and would love to hear your individual interpretations of this piece. (This piece is part of a series of similar images)

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 43.1 - 131.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Dec 2010 - 10:16 AM
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:No Flash
Title:Voyeur
Username:tashytoo tashytoo
Uploaded:4 Mar 2012 - 12:00 PM
Tags:General, Nude / glamour, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2012 - 1:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very strongly abstract, more so that your preceding photographs.
There is more than a hint of superimposition in your technique, perhaps a misted/rainy window and the human form; not distorted except by apparent defocusing.

Safe/threatening, dreamlike, surreal, vulnerable: all these adjectives you have used in your introductory comments; all come over more or less explicitly in all the images you have posted, though of course the balance varies. I do feel that the four images posted prior to this one reflect your intention more successfully: although the human form is blurred, defocused or otherwise disguised in these earlier pictures it is distinctly recognisable even if only by a single feature or shape. It helps the viewer no end to have a point of reference, however insignificant, and I'm not totally sure what it is in this instance.

I am however surprised to find that the subject somehow looks clearer in the thumbnail. That is not to say that you should produce your final display in that severely reduced format: I am looking at my monitor from about 50cm but I imagine a viewing distance in an exhibition to be at least 2 metres. Are you able to experiment with background/mounting colour? pale blue (as here) does not exactly do anyone's images any favours.

Most importantly - original work like yours makes me think: it achieves far more than the painting-by-numbers approach so often adopted.

I hope this is of some use!
Very best wishes
Bill

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tashytoo
tashytoo  2 England
4 Mar 2012 - 10:15 PM


Quote: Very strongly abstract, more so that your preceding photographs.
There is more than a hint of superimposition in your technique, perhaps a misted/rainy window and the human form; not distorted except by apparent defocusing.

Safe/threatening, dreamlike, surreal, vulnerable: all these adjectives you have used in your introductory comments; all come over more or less explicitly in all the images you have posted, though of course the balance varies. I do feel that the four images posted prior to this one reflect your intention more successfully: although the human form is blurred, defocused or otherwise disguised in these earlier pictures it is distinctly recognisable even if only by a single feature or shape. It helps the viewer no end to have a point of reference, however insignificant, and I'm not totally sure what it is in this instance.

I am however surprised to find that the subject somehow looks clearer in the thumbnail. That is not to say that you should produce your final display in that severely reduced format: I am looking at my monitor from about 50cm but I imagine a viewing distance in an exhibition to be at least 2 metres. Are you able to experiment with background/mounting colour? pale blue (as here) does not exactly do anyone's images any favours.
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Most importantly - original work like yours makes me think: it achieves far more than the painting-by-numbers approach so often adopted.

I hope this is of some use!
Very best wishes
Bill

Hi Bill,

Thank you for your feedback, it is always interesting to read others interpretations and thoughts on my work. I have to agree with you that my previous images of this nature are stronger in what i am trying to portaray. As for the images being clearer in the thumbnail, personally I quite enjoy the pixelated look! I have recently blown one of my previous images up to A0 size, and it looked rather good.

What do you think about the title 'Voyeur' for a series of these images?

Thanks for your time,

All the best,

Tash

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 9:50 PM

Hi Tash,

Sorry for the late response, I don't return to photos as often as I should.

'Voyeur' is perfect. I rather took that for granted! Thanks for the further explanation.
I think it is important that the degree of abstraction should vary from image to image to keep the viewer's interest alive.

A.T.B.
Bill

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sponge870
sponge870 e2 Member 7sponge870 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2012 - 1:07 PM

Tash,

for me the female form is so beautiful i want it a little more in focus, I dont see your images as voyueristic. That isnt to say that they have quality because they do. they have a tired feel about them. I do like them just would like a little more focus.

Keep going its great to have a personal style while so many of us age generic.

Sponge

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1092 forum postsdudler vcard England260 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 3:41 PM

My feeling, after looking at several images, is that small might work well. Miniatures worked well for painters, and can for togs, too!

However, I like hte feel and look of grain in my own pictures, so I cna understand the desire to go for very big and pixellated!

I think I'd like to see slightly more sense of a head and face at the top left of this shot.

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