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The path of regeneration

By teabelly  
Ancoats Manchester old and new. I was here just wanting to photograph the old buildings but this lady on the right passed me quickly (I wasn't ready) I was shocked by her rigidness, her determined face and most of all how she walked with a fist.

I do not think it is a brilliant picture but I don't often photograph people and this made me think a lot about the place and the people.

Tags: Photo journalism Manchester Ancoats

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 3:49PM
Hi, welcome to the Critique Gallery, I see that this is your first upload here. You've been on the site a while, I hope you know what we are about. We look both at the taking and the processing of images.

It's a difficult image to critique, for several reasons. Firstly, we are not seeing your lens or your Exif data - details of camera settings - we do ask for that for critique purposes, so could you add it please? It's of interest as much to other people looking is as to the Critique Team.

Secondly this has clearly been heavily manipulated - could you add the original, as a version or as a modification, please?

Full marks for not deleting the file. I've seen several 'serendipity' shots uploaded recently, happy accidents. Part of the gift for serendipity involves recognising the potential value of accidental shots. Thanks for saying what you see here, that helps. You see rigidity, determination. But I see a sort of sadness, isolation. That goes well with the background.

I like the fact that the foreground lady is striding towards our left. We instictively look for rightward movement, we read images as well as text from left to right and rightwards is the natural direction of progress, movement towards the future. Leftward movement makes us stop and think, and it suggests moving back toward the past, memories, regrets. That fits too in this setting.

You have faded the right side of the image into mono, given my previous paragraph, I would be interested to see the right side of the image in colour, mono on the left.
Without the original and the Exif there's not a lot I can add.
MOira

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 5:35PM
Welcome to the EPZ Critique Gallery.

I like your image of the old buildings, with the lady in the background striding past it.
I'd like that without the foreground lady.

The idea of the other passing pedestrian is probably far more interesting to photographers who do a lot of street photography, freezing moments in time. They share a fascination with people and the way they live their lives, and most of their pictures are full of energy, as is yours. Both people are moving with purpose, and both are well placed, each going in different directions. The uninvited lady is nicely on the right of the frame, moving into it.

The passing lady stirred an emotion within you, and has made you think outside of your comfort zone. That's good. Photographs that stir us emotionally, that make us think about humanity, and society around us, are very popular, and I can certainly appreciate their merits. They can tell a story in a single frame.

As Moira says, critique is difficult without your camera settings, but you were obviously shooting the background scene, and your foreground lady is moving, and so is consequently blurred, which is the way we would expect it to be. If you anticipated her passing into your scene, you could have altered your settings in order to get her sharp and your background blurred, which would be a completely different picture, and your intention would be altered. Since the lady was walking across the scene, not towards you or away from you, it would have been possible to focus upon her, but with a faster shutter speed.

You might find that you enjoy this type of photography and will deliberately try to capture the same sort of image. Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment.
In a way, you started out in the correct manner by going to an interesting location, finding an angle you knew would work for a photo and then the subject to walked into your frame. When this is your intention, patience is the key because it can sometimes take a while for it to happen, but the wait will pay off eventually.

It would be good to see the original of this, which you can upload as a modification.

Pamela.
dudler Plus
16 987 1538 England
14 Apr 2016 8:03AM
Having just looked at your latest post, I was drawn to htis one.

The combination of figures, and the similarities/contrasts between them, makes this rather brilliant. I really wish I'd taken it.

The processing is slightly unconventional, but the effect works well for this picture, nad I am entirely happy with it just as it is.
teabelly 9 45 England
14 Apr 2016 10:08AM
Thank you Dudler for looking and your comments Smile

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