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Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the mind.
(Not my words - generated by Artybollocks ... but they fit my world view perfectly, so what the hell - I thought I'd add them!)

Follow your own path; following someone else's path will only lead you to their destination or where they want you to go.
(Those are my words - thought of them the other morning, and it seems appropriate for the photographic journey Smile)

Two photographic thoughts that I'm trying to cement into my head at the moment are (1) "The poor concept, perfectly executed, still makes a poor photograph" (Misha Gordin) and (2) "Technically poor images are like poems written with poor grammar - they may have volumes of insight to convey, but they have difficultly doing it successfully" (Angela Farris Belt). I may have a way to go, but that's what I'm aiming for ...
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A quick view of TanyaH's recent activity.

  • manipulation

    I love it Smile However, I'd like to see just a little more facial detail, so that I can relate to the figure in the hood a touch. I did try to bring out some details in a mod, but failed miserably. So I let the imagination run riot instead and kind of added a face of sorts ... I also darkened down the outer edges of the image with a vignette, as some of those bright patches in the background really do pull my eye more than I'd want. That way, it pulls the viewer's eye firmly into the centre of the image, which is where it's all happening.

    I also really do like the relationship between the glowing ball in the hand and that strip of colour on the left of the image - intentional or not, that works a treat.

    But yeah - fabulous idea, beautifully executed and it combines good photography with a vivid imagination!
    • 22 Jan 2018 4:32PM
  • Autumnal Morning Magic 1

    Congratulations on the speaker slot, and thank you for this image - just what I needed this morning Smile
    • 27 Oct 2017 11:56AM
  • Rydal cave

    Does an image have to have a focal point in order to be successful? Discuss ...

    Actually, here, it doesn't need one specific focal point. The rocks and the reflections are themselves multiple focal points which keep the eye moving around the image, exploring nooks and crannies, matching reality with reflected reality ...

    Apart from that, what exactly would 'fit' as a singular focal point in this image? You're not going to get wildlife down there (so a random duck floating around wouldn't work). Pushing someone in is probably not seen as socially acceptable and some disembodied skeletal arm, though 'atmospheric', is a bit macabre. I think the most you could have done is to surrepticiously chuck a pebble in to make some ripples - that might have got the brain working, but it might also have got you kicked out of the cave itself by the guides (if they were around) Grin

    Nope. I reckon keep it as it is - the subject is what it is and it's pointless trying to make it anything else. The square crop works well, but other than that I'd leave it well alone.
    • 20 Oct 2017 1:36PM
  • Coffe time

    There's some great advice above, Akram Smile The key thing is to keep at it until you start getting the results you want.

    I do like your composition above - it's very neat and tidy, nicely laid out and (being a lover of both coffee and chocolate - often at the same time) it's evoking a slightly mouth-watering sensation, so as a visual stimulus it's working a treat!

    I guess my only contribution to this from a critique point of view would be to consider your background more carefully. While there's nothing at all wrong with the cloth you've used above, it's very light in tone (which may not help when you've got lots of light bouncing around, because it will act as its own reflector!). It's also slightly textured, which I personally don't like. The other thing is on the bottom edge, just underneath where the chocolate is, you've got a slight wrinkle which is showing up massively, due to the shadows. That kind of thing can easily pull the eye away from the rest of the image.

    You could try more natural surfaces, if you're able to - things like wood, slate, even concrete. Yes, they're also textured but because it's a natural texture the eye skips past that in some ways. I also think a darker surface (i.e. the dark grey of a slab of slate or something similar) would go a long way to showcasing the colours and forms of the rest of the elements of the scene.

    • 20 Oct 2017 1:25PM
  • Candle in the night

    Oh my god, I think I'm still snorting crisps down my schnoz after reading those comments above by Moira and John!!! Bloody hilarious, even if they weren't meant to be. I used to fantasise about moving somewhere like the Isle of Mull in my later years ... but I think I may be hastily reviewing that decision now ...

    Anyway, your image.

    Glad to see that Mapplethorpe's work has given you some new ideas. I'm also glad to see that you didn't get too close to that flame ... as we may not have anything to critique.

    I do like Moira's mono mod (the square crop goes without saying - it suits the two subjects in the image nicely and gives a sense of containment and balance). Mono adds a sense of mystique that's missing in the colour version and the grain/film noir treatment is lovely.

    I'm getting the distinct feeling that your imagery is going to challenge us a little, here in the critique team ... if I don't have a heart attack first ... Wink

    Keep 'em coming ... er, so to speak ...

    • 20 Oct 2017 1:10PM
  • Wet Wet Wet

    How the heck did you actually manage to find a Jackdaw that really does look like Marti Pellow in his younger, wild haired hey day?! That's mind-boggling!!
    Good shot too, though ... 'natural history' whatever - this now in my mind is the 'Marti Bird Image' Grin Grin Grin
    • 20 Oct 2017 1:03PM
  • Church door . Norfolk, England

    Old and interesting Smile This is one of those beautifully decayed things that looks completing amazing with the sun raking across it. Causes nightmares with exposures and dynamic range, yes, but it's worth it Smile
    • 20 Oct 2017 12:59PM
  • I've just had a proper look at your portfolio - wow! Such beauty in abundance Smile
    "Stunning" doesn't even come close to describing your work!
  • I finally got round to having a proper look at your stuff, and yeah ... I really do like it! Love the art nude stuff too - the lighting on some of those is utterly sublime and definitely something I want to try and emulate Smile
  • Loving your work, Gill, very inspiring Smile
    • Posted on GillyB's profile
    • 5 Apr 2016 1:56PM
  • One of the lovely things about this site is discovering portfolios that you never realised existed ... and I've just discovered yours Grin
    I'm blown away - really enjoyable and inspiring work!
  • Great images! Really enjoying your work Smile
    • Posted on chudzy's profile
    • 21 Jan 2016 6:59PM
  • Thought I'd have a peek at what else you do when not on max strength cold and flu medication and 'atmospheric' music ... Grin
    Glad I did - you do stunning landscape work!
    • Posted on BobShaw's profile
    • 4 Jun 2015 12:04PM
  • Wow, what a portfolio! Inspiring work and I've thoroughly enjoyed having a bimble through it Grin
    • Posted on backbeat's profile
    • 13 Apr 2015 11:19AM
  • Your portfolio's developing rather nicely here Grin I'm thoroughly enjoying what you've done so far, and looking forward to seeing more.
  • I don't think I've actually looked through your portfolio before ... glad I have now, though. I think that you have an amazingly eclectic, bizzare and wonderfully twisted mind. Even better, you've also got the processing and manipulation skills to go along with that imagination.

    It's a visual smorgasbord, with a little bit for everyone and a massive dollop of appeal Grin
  • I can't believe I've never actually left a comment on your portfolio, saying just how much I like your work! Bonkers ... thought I had, but just 'viewed all' and obviously not ...
    So - your stuff is achingly wonderful and I hate you (only kidding on that bit).

    Your creative art is so inspirational and beautiful Smile