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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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  • Not the Manhattan skyline

    And that's the subject of a new book by Glyn Dewis. There's nothing wrong with gaining inspiration from someone else's image - we all do it, it's what feeds the creative mind and I sincerely doubt there's anything truly original any more in this world Grin

    I like this - it's simply done, but very effective. I've also seen something similar done (on here, I believe) with staples, if you've a mind to try something like this again ... Wink

    • 11 May 2017 4:57PM
  • reflections 2.5

    One of the beautiful things about this thing we call photography is that everyone has a different reason for doing it. Everyone sees things differently. And everyone will produce something that, hopefully, ultimately pleases themselves before it pleases anyone else. Not, perhaps, with the commercial side of photography, because when it's your livelihood, you need to produce what's desired either by picture libraries or by clients.

    However, for the creative photographer like you, creating an image which salves the soul in some way, or is a representational abstract of their way of looking at the world, is for me what it's all about.

    For instance, your image above is actually quite emotive for me. It's about the shadow-self, in some ways. The sides of ourselves that we keep hidden away, for fear of their beauty maybe being sullied by the negativity of someone else's lack of understanding. I find the reflections uplifting, too. Especially those little hints of blue in amongst the greens. The fact that they're reflections also makes me smile, because often what we show others in life isn't necessary our real selves; they're reflections of our real selves. And as water represents the emotions, it's also rather apt Smile

    So whether you intended this image for critique or not (you ticked the box, so ... ?) my view is that I like it very much. Would I change it at all? Probably not, to be honest, as I'd then be changing your world view and with an emotive image like this that's a tough call! If it were mine, I would perhaps balance the tonal range on the right hand side a little more, so that darker side isn't so much of a contrast. But then again, we're not all good all the time and we all have shadows on our souls for one reason or another, so maybe I wouldn't Grin

    Good image though!

    • 11 May 2017 2:16PM
  • Urban Scene CXXVI

    Wonderful Smile What is the translation of the word 'Kumcha'? I'm kind of curious about that, and whether knowing a translation adds something to an already atmospheric image?!
    • 9 May 2017 12:21PM
  • Calm within the Chaos

    Thank you Smile
    • 8 May 2017 2:16PM
  • Boys will be boys

    Beautifully atmospheric Smile
    • 8 May 2017 1:16PM
  • Dark contrasts

    As much as I like Keith's mid-way mod, I like the mystery of the lead image. Yes, it's very warm in tone due to the tungsten type lighting, yes the viewer has to work hard to make out details, but in a way that's the point with something like this. At first, it's hard to make out what's going on but once you do realise ... well, the implied menace comes to the fore and the image takes on a whole new meaning Smile
    • 21 Apr 2017 9:49AM
  • Captivity of life

    I do like this and have nothing really to add to Karen's and Moira's comments above. I'm also envious that this kind of curriculum wasn't available to me when I was at school, as my life may have taken on a completely different direction!

    I think the chain is well placed within the frame as you originally had it, although Moira's mod does give the image a more definite quality. The composition, though simple, is very effective because of that rising diagonal and looking up at the chain creates a lovely serene feeling for me.

    Despite the connotations of 'chains' and the containment they can so often represent I think that here, because of all that gently toned space around the chain links, it's more of a feeling of implied freedom. It's an image that evokes emotion in the viewer, probably both positive and negative at the same time, and for that reason alone it would have my vote in the gallery if I'd been able to vote on it Smile

    Well done and I hope you'll enjoy the site here. It's a fantastic community, full of inspiration and knowledge, wit and wisdom.

    • 21 Apr 2017 9:39AM
  • 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