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Bits and Bobs (AKA "The Arty Farty Image")

By Nick_w      
...Whistling the death march whilst uploading, a Saturday, mono, abstract, Panoramic this is bound to sink faster than the titanic.

This is an image i've enjoyed producing, it's so far out of my comfort zone ... I'm not just in left field but out of the stadium.
I have always enjoyed quality still life's, after seeing years ago the work of Bob Carlos Clarke in one of the photo magazines. Whilst most will associate him with his stark erotic nudes, I was equally drawn to his still lifes, he produced from finds along the banks of the Thames. I still rate Bob Carlos Clarke as one of the photographers I most admire, a dark twisted genius, sadly no longer with us.
On to todays image, I found this old box / container, far from pristine - perfect. Into it with the help of Janet (Chase) I added finds from Grosmonts breaking yard, what I love is the textures it has produced.

Artistic Director - Janet Walters (not exactly the words Les used to describe her)
Other artistic input, Alley, Maddie & Mr Henson, although I drew the line at including a lightbulb and birds nest Tongue

I've included a "grunged" colour version and a standard colour version. I would like in particular feedback on the grunged colour version, too much, not enough ?

Right I've got the London /Brighton bike ride to prepare for in 2 weeks time, so off on a practice run, wish me luck.

Tags: General Transport Black and white Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Grosmont Nymr

Voters: h4rsx, RonnieAG, ringyneck and 21 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jun 2011 3:39PM
A fascinating assortment of bits and bobs and well presented in the sectioned container: so much to look at and ponder what many of them could have been. T!he detail is excellent and the textures of the items nicely preserved. Given the nature of the artefacts, I think V 2 with the more muted colours works best.

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Martin54 12 542 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 3:59PM
Been waiting to see the results if this one Nick, well worth the effort of collecting and arranging all the bits & pieces. The mono works well, and I prefer V2 to V3 which is a bit too saturated for my liking - the rust is a too orange.
PS - wise moveto leave out the light bulbs!
tony64 14 204 9 England
4 Jun 2011 4:33PM
Hi Nick, I really like this and certainly no need for the death march! I do find weekends very quiet here on epz though!
I think the 'bits and bobs' look good, full of texture (must seek out the Bob Carlos Clarke ones though) I have also seen these done very well with personal objects, almost like a life memories display. Very different, but in a way more meaningful?
Overall, I like what you've done, and think I like the b/w best!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 4:41PM
The vote's for V2, the hints of colour give the items individuality, character, they involve me more.
AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
4 Jun 2011 5:05PM

Quote:Artistic Director - Janet Walters (not exactly the words Les used to describe her)
....Pmsl think someone could be in bother! Wink

Quote:although I drew the line at including a lightbulb and birds nest : P
...and what was wrong with my Lightingales nest? Tongue

So its finally uploaded!

I like V2 the best Nick...and I feel a texture layer coming over!
No doubt AF Artistic Director will be along shortly.

That Martin is a bit cheeky also....about my AF lightbulbs! Wink

Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 5:07PM
Carlos Clarke had the psychopathic tendency needed in a photographer.

This is a disparate mass of contradictions , one he would have been proud to have taken to alleviate his self doubt.

Its a good tribute Nick , and I know how he viewed his work...
LesF 11 182 9
4 Jun 2011 5:59PM

Quote:....Pmsl think someone could be in bother!

Hope that's not me again in trouble with Janet, about time you had some verbals Nick, after all it was your still life.

Was this after the first set collapsed with Janet's fiddling about. See your in trouble leaving the lightbulbs out, bad move that Nick, I'll go for V2

dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 5:59PM
Great work Nick, I like it a lot. For me the mono works best but I do like the 'grunged' look too, I'd maybe have desaturated it a touch more???

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Jun 2011 6:50PM
I like V3 Smile
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
4 Jun 2011 7:30PM

Quote:Was this after the first set collapsed

I bet one or two of Mr Clarke's bit the dust before he was happy with 'em...just a case of natural re-arrangement Les,totally intended Wink..yes,you are in trouble...again !!
I like the title..excellent choice & don't think you are getting away with not being in trouble are,everthing comes to he who waits ! .......everything !!

The odd lightbulb would have gone well here,but Mrs Catz had them all in some kind of shopping basket if I remember together with plenty of....ermmm..unmentionables Wink

My choice would be V2 Nick,I like the desaturated look to it,a close second in the mono but I reckon that could do with a bit more of a grungy/mucky feel to it tbh.
Looks good on the black bg & I especially like that blue twine.Fab mix of textures.
Some neat bits & bobs there,great to see evryone helping to find them strewn across the yard too.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
4 Jun 2011 8:37PM
Thanks everyone.. I will catch up with the comments later, just got back in from bike ride and completely k*******d.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
4 Jun 2011 10:41PM
Right, recuperated a bit. I should have stressed more my appreciation to all on the course for their help with this, particularly Janet for the encouragement to give it a go . Tho I will leave it in future to those who do this regularly.

Janet yes it probably needs more grunge / texture, and I should have had more conviction as #2 is my favourite.

Les - I'm sure Janet will get me back at some stage Wink at least I've left some of the candids on the hard drive ....... For now
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Jun 2011 2:37PM
Great collection of bits & bobs, Nick! Very nicely captured and processed, too. V2's my fave Smile
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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 2:49PM
I think this is a successful photo and I like the found still-life concept. I used it too in my paintings, they seem more natural and less contrived than trying to set it up from scratch. The mono treatment works well although the colour shot is excellent.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
5 Jun 2011 5:51PM
Thanks Alan & Trevor - I am planning a lot more still lives, although how many make it to EPZ remains to be seen. This is one I will be printing out large for the office, just a bit different from my usual work.
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
5 Jun 2011 9:35PM
V2 certainly has the edge Nick..
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 7:30AM
I like v1, a challenging thumbnail though!
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
10 Jun 2011 4:54PM
Thanks Jeff for the user award. Smile

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