Mark and the Hood

By SlowSong
Sitting in the Mark Rothko gallery at Tate Modern. This chap just came and sat in front of me. Very nice of him, and he sat still too. Smile

You may have read that recently someone vandalised one of Rothko's paintings. They've now been moved from a beautifully dark, large room to a small, quite well lit room resulting in a complete lack of atmosphere. I used to love sitting in the big room and it was quite contemplative to rest amongst these large works, but now it's quite crowded and the paintings are too near so you don't get the feeling of space.

Thanks for looking.

I've uploaded V2 but I don't particularly like it. It was just a different view.

Tags: Photo journalism London General Art Candid Interior Black and white Tate Portraits and people

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Dec 2012 9:35AM
Definitely V.1 for me, Chris. What an idiot, no respect for others, he probably didn't even realise you took a couple of photos of him, either. Carol

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 10:03AM
V1 wins, definitely, but V2 works in a different way. In V1 the invisible face, the implied gaze dominate. V2 is much more about the relaxed hand.
Good use of the multiple upload facility, the two images do complement each other.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Dec 2012 10:05AM
what large hands you've got?....all the better........WinkGrinGrin
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
4 Dec 2012 11:00AM
Dark stranger......Chris.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 11:16AM
Two images with hundreds of possible narratives in support.

Regards Nathan
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
4 Dec 2012 2:03PM
V1 is powerful, mysterious and intriguing, great B&W! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Dec 2012 2:19PM
I like to wear a hood as it works well to isolate me when I care to be --isolated--- from strong light, and other influences-- almost always choose a hooded garment when going out to photograph-- That said, it does seem that he was rude too you and anyone else in that room---- wonder if he was even looking at the paintings!?
4 Dec 2012 2:44PM
Beautiful angle
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:18PM
Version 1 is really mysterious.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Dec 2012 3:20PM
Fine bit of journalistic photography, Chris. Think both work, but V1 gets my vote Wink
Trev Smile
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:58PM
Hmm, what sinister looking images you've produced. I think I'd have gone. Well done on staying put and getting the pics!

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 5:09PM
Well done you, I like them both Chris, nicely done!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
4 Dec 2012 5:55PM
Eerie in a way - the hand is obviously the opposite hand - but here it almost looks disembodied - that guy is there to steal paintings!

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
4 Dec 2012 7:55PM
I like both images, they do portray quite a sinister character in an area you wouldn't expect to find him.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 8:58AM
He is a rather sinister figure. V1 works best for me.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
7 Dec 2012 4:49PM
interesting write up too...
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Dec 2012 11:25PM
A shady character well portrait!
pablophotographer 6 932 333
5 Jan 2013 10:46PM
Mind blowing black and white image with grim mood.

Happy and bright New Year Chris

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