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Racial Harmony

By angryrebel  

Tags: Black and white Black and white

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banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
19 Feb 2019 5:11PM
Its a good street style shot. It hold enough highlight detail while being very bright, and also blacks with no detail.

I like it as it is


paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2019 5:38PM
Gone too far for me. Much like a LITH separation with few mid tones at all. I would prefer some more detail as the subject is a happy one, so less fitting for this extreme processing.

GeorgeP 15 62 26 United States
19 Feb 2019 7:06PM
It is an interesting image and the post-processing is eye-catching. However, I feel that your title doesn’t fit the scene. Granted we appear to have two people of different races but I can’t see too much harmony. They are physically separate, with one standing and the other seated and no interaction between them. Both are holding phones and I get the strong impression that each may have been engrossed in their own screen before the photographer said something to get their attention for the shot.

You have a couple of interesting subjects here and a worthy goal. Maybe another shot with them closer together and interacting with each other fit the title.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
19 Feb 2019 8:38PM
This is very high contrast with few grey tones.
I like this though. It would be interesting to know if you wanted this effect or you were experimenting and came across something you liked.
Looking at your portfolio this appears to be part of your style, and it's good to have a style.

Like George i don't see this particularly relating to the title but that's not a major point in terms of photo critique, I'm looking at the image itself. Rather it looks like two people who happen tpo be in the same location possibly waiting for a bus.

I like the low angle giving the subjects a strong position.

19 Feb 2019 10:01PM
I get the impression they don't know each other... as Keith says, maybe waiting for a bus. But there's no feeling of tension between them, they seem relaxed about each other's presence, so in that sense the title does fit.
The starkness of the processing style, on the other hand, adds a tension of its own.
For me, it's an oddball. But it's clear you have an eye for a picture.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
20 Feb 2019 2:31PM
'Harmony' can simply be letting each other get on with life, and these two seem happy to coexist: though the camera may be making them less relaxed.

The graphic quality shines out of it, but the treatment weakens it as reportage by drawing attention to itself. And it's ironic that the treatment has rendered the girl's skin as pure white...

I'd like to see the original - I realise, from that caemra, it will not be in colour, but I imagine it will have more tones.

By the way - are you using 'Save for web'? There's a lack of EXIF data, and that is generally useful for analysing technical issues, and instructional to others who look at hte picture.

This has got a lot going for it - but I'm not sure if everything is working as wel las it might!
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2019 4:01PM
Hi Paul, this takes me back a long way... You joined the site at about the same time as I did, you were one of my early contacts here, I got the idea of having the camera sitting innocently on a café table-top from you; and then you took yourself off for a break. You have an established and very distinctive style (low pov plus harsh processing) that I generally recognize.

I don't remember you ever ticking for critique before. I wonder what you are looking for from the Critique Gallery?

All we have to go on there is your title. Would the image convey that message without the added title? I'm not sure. It's easy for a photographer to think that his image carries the weight that he ascribes personally to it.

Yes, a sense of harmony is there in so far as they seem to be jogging along comfortably in each other's company whatever the circumstances. I don't sense warmth or companionship though.

But it's also a triangular relationship, isn't it. He's more comfortable with your presence than she is, but then you are a lot closer to her. I find that contrast the really interesting aspect.

All the best,

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