DEAR JOHN

By keithh  
Just another in a series I'm working on titled 'The Bureau' A much simpler lighting than the previous one.

Hope you're all good.

Tags: Books Still life Letter General Bureau Candle Poison Hidden meaning

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 6:55PM
I like the balance between the present and the past in this. I first registered the books, the crucifix, the hour glass. Then a moment or so later the whisky, pills, smoking pipe. Last of all the bullets. Layers of association, thought-provoking.
Moira

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jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
10 Feb 2012 7:14PM
Full of matching details

Peter
tigerminx 12 237 South Africa
10 Feb 2012 8:16PM
Very intriguing Keith, I like it.
keithh Plus
13 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Feb 2012 8:47PM
Cheers guys

Very few views but there yer go
10 Feb 2012 9:11PM
Long time no see Keith. A lovely set up. Great.
Hope ur keeping well.

John
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
10 Feb 2012 9:29PM
Very poignant Keith. The implications are all there, not sure on the pills - they look too contemporary - the poison/medicine bottle would suffice (tho change the placement).

I like the pano crop (tho the cliped sides of the bureau fight the harmony). Its a shame images like this don't grab the attention of more - they don't know what they are missing.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2012 9:46PM
I've come back a time or two, thought more and more about this. I'm interested in what I noticed first, the well thumbed old books, Les MisÚrables coming in two volumes, the keys, the warm, cosy nostalgia (plus the bottle... ). The modern pills came as a real shock. I think they work and they're important, they're the here and now. They convey pain.
I'm with Nick on the clipped sides of the bureau though... That doesn't spoil the image, it just gives me something to niggle about.
keithh Plus
13 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Feb 2012 10:00PM
cheers guys

we'll have to see what people make of the final version when its ready
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
10 Feb 2012 10:01PM

Quote:we'll have to see what people make of the final version when its ready


Can't wait ! But whats with the D70?
keithh Plus
13 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Feb 2012 10:10PM
LOL - no idea, the software decided that I had one. Wink I'm having to work on the pills digitally as Edwardian ones are pretty scarce.

Oh and thanks for the GE - my first ever I do believe.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
10 Feb 2012 11:08PM
Detailed and descriptive image Keith, beautiful tones.
Ron.
Richsr 9 91 223 England
11 Feb 2012 10:59AM
Like the details but just wonder if there is too much to look at Wink
Regards Richard
matmonty 12 136 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 11:58AM
I also think it is a well balanced image, especially like the wisp of smoke.

Mat.
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
11 Feb 2012 3:59PM
Love the books & that wisp of smoke from the pipe.
Great content except the pills & they do jar a tad for me too.Bullets are good so what about a nice ole pistol to go with them instead of the booze & pills ?
Very Sherlock Holmes.
Fancy clipping the edges off...tut tut Mr H Wink
keithh Plus
13 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Feb 2012 8:51PM
Some good points which will help me form the final shot.

I have to chop the edges off if I show the bureau as they are sloped Smile
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
13 Feb 2012 10:26AM
Lovely image, Keith.

If/when you re-shoot this I think that actually including the sloping sides of the bureau would be a good thing, especially if you also include a little more of the surroundings.
They, along with the top and writing desk, would form a "world away" from what's outside, giving a kind of detachment and sense of pivate intimacy to the thoughts and feelings and identity implied and contained within the bureau itself.

My twopenneth worth, and an RC to add to your other acronym Smile

Bill
14 Feb 2012 10:59AM
I love this style, althought it's a bit cliche-saturated, fantastic picture! Smile
keithh Plus
13 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Feb 2012 2:11PM
I agree with the cliche point but we blokes are a bit straight down the line when it comes to photography and suicide.
Wink
BEVZED Plus
9 1.1k United Kingdom
14 Feb 2012 8:09PM
I'd like for the front corners to be in shot too, that would probably give space either side of the spine reflections. The jarring bit for me is the candle, too clean and white, too sharp and high, no shadows cast from such a bright flame ....

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