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Bracken Hill: Willy Watson's Sitting Room.

By andreduplessis
Bracken Hill Jan 09: Willy Watson's Sitting Room.

Please view large....thanks!

Continuing with the people of Bracken Hill....
I took this photograph of Chantal Watson (Willy's daughter) and Adean Moses in the lounge of the house of belonging to Willy Watson, the flower seller.
Unfortunately this room was without any window, and far too dark to shoot in available light. On realising this, Willy promptly removed a piece of corrugated iron from one wall, which resulted in this shaft of light penetrating the darkness. I am sure that this must be their makeshift window (apparently the one wall of his house collapsed during some heavy rain last year, and I think that the corrugated iron structure is only temporary).
This concentrated beam of light lighting up only part of the setting presented me with a fair challenge, and I had to do quite a bit of exposure downgrading to make sense of this. Luckily the reflection on the floor from the mirror in the background assisted to add some perspective and proportion. I do not think that this would have worked without the benefit of that reflection.
Thanks for visiting,

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: petixa, BlueRoom, AnneWorner and 61 more

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AnneWorner 15 620 43 United States
4 Feb 2009 12:42AM
The shaft of light, and that reflection from the mirror has created an amazing capture here - the light is perfect.
A wonderful location shot, showing Chantal and Adean surrounded by what they deem important in their home. I find shots like these immensely satisfying, and the to view large is a must here.
NevP 17 853 13 Canada
4 Feb 2009 4:11AM
As it turns out you could not have designed the light to be better, love this. The mirror also gives some separation and depth. Nice one.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
4 Feb 2009 6:08AM
That shaft of light has helped capture a wonderful emotional scene.The family setting in the living room and the two subjects looking so contented.A stunning piece of work in my view.
User_Removed 16 2.1k 7 England
4 Feb 2009 6:46AM
The light is amazing. The room is amazing. Back to Andre now I see!
viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 7:31AM
Great use of available light and wonderful monochrome tones.

ToothPilot 15 50 4 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 7:40AM
One of your best Andre. It was worth the effort hey. I am fascinated by the detail in this shot.
The only thing missing is a dog by her feet Smile
Wonderful image.
4 Feb 2009 8:25AM
Could there be a better way to start my Wednesday than receiving a HC and such positive comments? I seriously doubt that!
I did not think that the thumb on this image will attract visitors, so I am both overjoyed and surprised at this.
Thank you to the EPZ team. Gosh, you were early up today!
LesF 16 182 9
4 Feb 2009 8:48AM
As you say once past the thum it opens to a superb mono and a wonderful image

funkeldink 19 1.6k 1 Australia
4 Feb 2009 9:07AM
oh yesss
andihun65 14 3
4 Feb 2009 11:41AM
Stunning and superb use of limited lighting. Has a wonderful atmosphere.
TommyStr 17 9 3 Norway
4 Feb 2009 1:59PM
KennyG 14 Belgium
4 Feb 2009 2:10PM
Andre, you've done it again.

Managed to capture an amazine scene in your own stlye as well as your commentary.

I think I have said this before...your work is an inspiration.

Cheers for sharing and the advice.

4 Feb 2009 2:11PM
Many thanks for your comments,
4 Feb 2009 2:14PM
Thanks Kenny!
SlowSong Plus
14 10.7k 30 England
4 Feb 2009 5:28PM
What a great room. They've certainly made much of the little they have.
Geraint 16 715 34 Wales
4 Feb 2009 5:29PM
Incredibly good.
4 Feb 2009 5:48PM
Thanks Chris & Geraint. Your regular visits are really appreciated.
Such a pity that the captures of Willy sitting here alone had motion artifacts. The slow speed (given that I had to go for a deeper DOF) was simply too slow for him.
6 Feb 2009 11:53AM
Dear Manfred. Thank you for your User Award for this photo!
Much appreciated. Regards, Andre
Boyoclark 15 16 1 Wales
6 Feb 2009 7:10PM
This is a very beautiful image. Bryan
6 Feb 2009 7:16PM
Thanks Bryan!
yesja 14 South Africa
7 Feb 2009 11:57AM
Congrats Andre! Mooi so Boet...
8 Feb 2009 10:36AM
8 Feb 2009 10:38AM
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4345 Canada
8 Feb 2009 3:50PM
Superb, b&w at its best.

8 Feb 2009 5:07PM
Thanks for visiting and the comments. Andre
10 Feb 2010 1:41AM

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