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Bracken Hill: Heleen Asea

By andreduplessis
Bracken Hill Jan 09: Heleen Asea

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Continuing with my photographs from my recent trip to South Africa:
This is Heleen Asea, from the neighbouring Vrystaat community, who was visiting friends here at Bracken Hill.
I shot her standing in front of the house of Tant Mies, who is the neighbour of Willy Watson the flower seller.

Thanks for visiting.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Buffalo_Tom, MadTrace, zebraboy and 30 more

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zebraboy 18 197 Australia
30 Jan 2009 8:29AM
Great shot!! a lot to look at and all superbly composed!!
jenquest 20 561 1 Tokelau
30 Jan 2009 8:30AM
I like this one very much. The half smile by the lady and the gent, in the background reading the paper.
challicew 14 1 1 South Africa
30 Jan 2009 9:22AM
This is excellent Andre. I do love your style!
30 Jan 2009 9:43AM
Thank you Challice - that's nice to hear. Shaks - you must have an excellent screen - yes, he came from inside and then was asked to stay there, hence the shy smile. A tight crop was quite effective, however, the full frame says more. Andre.
Bigtoe 14 7 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2009 11:33AM
Well composed portrait.
martinw 17 251 England
30 Jan 2009 12:51PM
Great admirer of your work. It could be this monitor, but this one looks a tad dark?
SlowSong Plus
14 10.6k 30 England
30 Jan 2009 1:13PM
You have a style like the old photographers; Dorothea Lange springs to mind immediately. Well produced, interesting and they all say something.
30 Jan 2009 1:34PM
Thank you for the positive feedback, and Chris - I am definitely going to look up Dorothea Lange.
Martin - somehow this image gave my less latitude to work up contrast, and even thought I tried to shield sensitive areas from looking a bit too bright, it remained a tight one. There are some really hot spots all over this image, and the challenge to get it a bit more like you suggested fell outside of my present capabilities, so I went for this one as a compromise. Very valid observation.
I have been using new equipment, and althought I have no problems in shaded scenes, my captures in brighter conditions have been more difficult to manage. Learning curve on the new equipment, I guess.
30 Jan 2009 1:44PM
Chris - I have just visited a page on Dorothea Lange's biography, and I came across a comment of hers:
She believed that the camera could teach people ”how to see without a camera.”
I very much like this quote from her. Thanks for the reference. Andre
30 Jan 2009 2:46PM
30 Jan 2009 6:34PM
I'm starting to recognize your handwriting in the thumbnail - very very VERY beautiful portrait...
OMG 14 51 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2009 7:07PM

Quote:Chris - I have just visited a page on Dorothea Lange's biography, and I came across a comment of hers:
She believed that the camera could teach people ”how to see without a camera.”
I very much like this quote from her. Thanks for the reference. Andre

Thanks for the quote Andre, we should all try and learn from it. Another of you brilliant images. Have you thought of doing a book with Blurb, they would sell like hot cakes.

Best wishes

30 Jan 2009 7:48PM
Thank you Ingrid, that is nice to hear. And also thank you for your regular visits to my page. I notice that you have only recently joined - I hope that you enjoy this forum, and benefit from participating in it as much as I have done and still do.
Derek - that will be a new and interesting departure for me, however, I will first have to work up a larger portfolio I think. Am also a bit uncertain if my subject matter will quite achieve the sales that you infer. However, I shall PM you to find our more. Thanks,
User_Removed 16 2.1k 7 England
30 Jan 2009 9:37PM
one of your best I think Andre. Are you sure you don't like the Canon!
30 Jan 2009 9:44PM
Oops - that's sensitive - shall PM you
1 Feb 2009 2:06AM
Andy - you were right after all! HC!

Thank you to the selection panel and to Peter & Co for the recognition of this image. This HC is very special, as I really struggled to get this one balanced. (See comment to Martin)
However, all the toil has proved to be worth it in the endSmile
+++ Appreciated,
EllieEdge 15 15 42 Norway
1 Feb 2009 10:13AM
Excellent. If anything I would have liked a little space between the two people but of course just a minor detail.
- Ellie
1 Feb 2009 10:26AM
Hi Ellie. I absolutely agree, and so wish that I taken more and varied frames of this one. Oh well, too late now. Thanks, Andre
TommyStr 17 9 3 Norway
1 Feb 2009 2:49PM
Love your work...straight to favs
4 Feb 2009 8:40AM
Thanks Tommy, and also for that 30th hiki. Andre

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