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By pablophotographer
I have seen the head photographed in a shore.... Cruel world

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carp_27 10 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 10:51PM
A cruel separation lol

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13 Feb 2012 11:19PM
thank you for your kind advice and defo will try to be more advent in my pics.
this photo caught my eyes there is so many storys to go with this picture the list is endless and so many of them sad storys were did you find this shoot what was running through your mind wen you took it ?
sorry if im to nosey ppl learn from other pll lol
pablophotographer 6 951 335
14 Feb 2012 5:32PM
Hello Christine. Thanks for your comment. I am happy to let you know why and how this picture was taken.

I was walking to the supermarket on my day off-work. I had the camera with me in case I find an interesting subject to shoot. It was early afternoon so since it was bright I felt safe to make a small detour from my normal schedule to the shop. The sky had an overcast but it wasn't raining. I found the doll behind a industrial block along with a old computer screen and a worn-out tyre.

I picked the doll as my subject because, as you have noted, it offered the most interesting narrative of all.

Although I was excited to come across something which could create a powerful image I was unhappy coming across such a brutal act, my mind wondered how bad the child who owned the doll must have felt losing it or seeing it decapitated.... I dislike violence, I have been raised with humane principles, I was taught to respect my elders, to protect children, to love nature. It may be surprising to you but I have received military training also, as part of national service. The subject reminded me of the cruelty of war and the inhuman behaviour of people. In some areas of our planet this body could well be a body of a really unfortunate child.

I wanted to photograph the ugliness, the atrocity, the barbarian lunacy called war...

Why did I take this picture in colour?
If I had my old SLR camera loaded with my favourite KodakBW400CN film I might had shot in black an white, as the dark colours come so punchy! I had my digital camera with me and at the time the picture was taken, I didn't know how to use it to give me similar results with film. (I still don't know to use my digital camera, lol) I did shoot in black and white initially but I dismissed the idea soon because of the hints of pink colour on the doll's clothing were hints of female innocence (Not that this is true in real life). The use of colour makes the picture more realistic as it also displays the bare feet and helps realising at a second reading that the hands are missing too.

Why did I shoot it from above?
It was the most appealing angle, it excluded everything else that could distract viewers' attention. The plain background and the exclusion of any flora makes this picture universal, it could have been shot anywhere in the world apart Antarctica, Sahara and the Amazon.

Why did I use a big aperture?
I was reading an interview of a photographer who was working from a helicopter and he had said when you shoot from above you don't need as much depth of field. Plus if you are inside a vibrating helicopter use big aperture to gather light fast so picture does look shaken. Most camera anti-shake mechanisms are not working great either, I have tried mine form inside a train with no flash... useless.

Why did I use low ISO?
Truth is that in cloudy conditions at the era of film you needed ISO 200. But I used the lowest possible to avoid any chroma noise.

How did I avoid camera shake since the shot is straight from above?
I used my (full) shopping bag as a weight on my wrist to keep my hand still. The first images without the bag were shaken since to avoid my shoes appearing in the frame I had extended my arm.

Why did I choose 3:2 format?
1:1 (square) did no good to the concept, as you see the doll is not bang in the centre, it is rather on the right side of the frame. First because her feet are directed towards that way and second because I wanted to show an attempt of the (whole) of the doll to run away by her chasers. It is all imaginative.... Your request made me think that I should have tried a 4:3 format also, I am not sure for what reasons I didn't do it, it may had been that there was too much rubbish nearby to move.

What could I suggest you?
First of all, care about your safety. Exploring a location is nice but either do it with a friend or do not approach it when it is dark. Then, be alert. Don't let the subject draw you in it too much. Think critically: will the chance be there to take this picture later? In this occasion I thought that the child would not come back for the doll, it looked dirty as having been there for some time, most likely it would be there on my way back. Aww, I realised I should have said, be prepared, have a camera with you, even a pocket one you never know when you will find potential subjects. Do read other people's stories and communicate with your subjects. My today's upload will be a chainsaw carver. I originally wanted to shoot the eagle he had just carved but then I thought it would be better to be in the picture himself, I asked him pose with his chainsaw next to his work and I kindly mailed hime the picture afterwards.

I bet you may have regretted by now asking me about the picture in the first place. Go enjoy, take some more pictures.
15 Feb 2012 12:26AM
no no not at all i completely agree on all of what you said , my camera is constan near me as i never want to miss a gd pic
its only been recently that ive started to venture outside my comfort zone ( the village ) as im a village girl i dont do city at all and recently just went to london with my mum as she wanted to treat me for missing my 22nd and stupid enough i didnt take my camera as im dull wen it comes to busy places and i highly regretted not carry my camera.
wen i arrived in london my head went crazy with all the possible photos and storys i could have told lol so im going back next week with my mum hopefully to capture some neat photos with all your adive taken in they should come out really gd.

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