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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.

  • Purple tinge

    Otherwise known as deliberate 'chromatic aberation' Grin But it's an interesting effect, to be honest. From the thumbnail, I thought it was a Jacaranda tree!
    • 16 May 2018 1:01PM
  • sunset

    I think it's lovely. I love the wistful pose, and the light coming through the bottom of the dress. You've got good detail in the darker side of her face, without losing the details on the lighter side. I also really like the overall colouration - kind of slightly faded, which suits the location and the subject perfectly in my eyes.

    If I had to change anything (and yes, I know it's easy to sit here and say that!) it would be to either contain the whole image in a thin dark border (say, a 1 or 2 pixel wide 'stroke' line or similar) or to have moved the viewpoint at the time of taking so that the white strip at the top of the image wasn't there so much.

    As it is, on the light grey background, that top bit of bright sky kind of blends out into the rest of the surrounding background colour around the image. Looking at the image bigger, which immediately puts it onto a black background, is much better.

    But other than that, I think it's beautiful Smile
    • 16 May 2018 12:58PM
  • Reclining Man

    So, were you asking us to critique your additions to this piece of artwork? If so, it would really help if you'd said that in your description!

    Yes the orange light does give the impression of fire and the extra orange lines do something also. However, for me it isn't enough to take away the fact that it's someone else's work unfortunately. If you'd used the image as a basis, and then completely altered it with your own manipulations in order to make it your own, then it would maybe be easier to comment on.
    • 15 May 2018 5:14PM
  • The beast of Epping Forest

    My imagination changes this into a horse and rider, clearing a jump Smile
    • 14 May 2018 2:00PM
  • Gothic girl

    It's a superb image and I love everything about it - the setting, the lighting, the way you've put it all together. There's one tiny bit which I'm not sure about, and that's the eye furthest away from me ... there's something odd about it, but I don't know whether it's something that's happened in the editing or what? It's almost like a contact lens that slipped somehow?! (I know how that sounds, but have a look and see what you think yourself.)

    But nonetheless, it's a seriously good image Smile
    • 8 May 2018 10:57AM
  • Doll!

    It looks like she's on a tanning bed! A series could be interesting ... Smile
    • 4 May 2018 1:23PM
  • Halo

    Visually stunning!
    • 4 May 2018 1:15PM
  • Not sure I've ever looked at your portfolio ... my loss, though. It's delightful!
  • 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