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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
2 Mar 2014 8:34AM
Hi Alan, This to me is almost 2 pictures in one. The still life with its textures, tones and shapes, then the high key background gives an almost abstract view to the picture on the left side with the lines blurred in some areas.

To be honest my first reaction was .. don't like this Alan, however with further viewing my view and opinion changed so its a thought provoking image I'm sure some will like and some will not.


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PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
2 Mar 2014 8:38AM
after looking at this for half a minute, the word that comes to mind is 'bizarre'..
a product of self-assuredness.. and gaining benefits from the established brand image. Smile
bizarre but beautiful.. a fine balance between black and white.. and normal objects given so much significance that it appears like a relation between the big and small, senior and junior..
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 8:41AM
Very minimalist, in that one expects a still life to be crammed with detail. But I can enjoy this for what it is, wherein even the tones are merely hinted at..
2 Mar 2014 8:45AM
'established brand image.' ... GrinGrinGrin I like it, parnab, nice one Grin
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
2 Mar 2014 9:06AM
Good to see someone trying something experimental, Alan. I found myself trying to figure out what material the bowls are made of. The gritty finish given by the processing makes it difficult, but I am guessing the bigger one is glass, and possibly stoneware for the other.

I like the strong, almost overwhelming back-lit lighting, gives the appearance of them emerging from the light.

jadus 6 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 9:06AM
I really like this Alan. The one thing I would change about it would be to crop it more closely, taking out the space above the pots. The strength of the light that shines between them will tell the viewer what is behind them. Well done!

2 Mar 2014 9:15AM

Quote: I am guessing the bigger one is glass, and possibly stoneware for the other

Glazed pottery and brass. Cheers Malc.

Quote:The one thing I would change about it would be to crop it more closely, taking out the space above the pots.

Thanks Jade. I considered that, but thought the result too cramped, especially as I'd chosen not to show the objects in their entirety.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 9:16AM
Drifting out of the world, fading away before our eyes. Given that many other languages refer to Dead nature, instead of Still life, and view the genre as a form of memento mori, the treatment is rather appropriate.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 9:16AM
An image which not only deserves a second glance but one which deserves respect. A beautifully contrived image with loads of appeal and charm. "Photographic brilliance comes to mind"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Griff2012 5 363 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 9:42AM
The white space feels more solid than the objects.

Just as a diagram of a structure can be stripped down to show the parts the scientist wants to explore and explain, so high key allows you to choose what to leave in the image and what to leave out of view - well chosen, Alan. Smile
2 Mar 2014 10:09AM
Well put. As you say, it's all ( always ) about choices. Thanks for that, Jacqui Smile
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 10:35AM
Suffice to say ' I like it '.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
2 Mar 2014 11:16AM
Very original an thought provoking Alan; it's like they're dematerialising.
Sure beats yet another oversaturated sunset Smile
2 Mar 2014 11:20AM
our sunsets have been very saturated for some time now, Rende WinkGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 12:29PM
As always Alan you make us look for more than we at first see.
You paint your images.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
2 Mar 2014 12:57PM
That's a fabulous compliment, Kate, and I'll put the cheque in the post tomorrow.Wink
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 1:19PM
Like this a lot Alan a very interesting image that grows, my only thought is crop the top, makes a even stronger image IMHOSmile

charlotte 13 34 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 3:11PM
You have to really see. I admit to struggling with the harshness of the high key processing...but I can see that it's actually part of the poetry of this important element that works.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 3:36PM

Quote:our sunsets have been very saturated for some time now,

Not to mention our sunrises and most of the rest of the day...
2 Mar 2014 4:45PM
It has the look of an emulsion print. Nothing about this piece is obvious and that's a good thing.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 8:28PM
Its a cracker old chap...
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 6:31AM
I was not so sure of this one on first glance, Alan. It has however grown on me and the stark treatment really does suit the subject, great presentation as always.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
3 Mar 2014 8:12PM
An image I would probably call high-brow. Definitely one for the art gallery and the subject of many a discussion.

Do I like it.... I'm not sure. Would I take something similar... probably not. Is it meritorious..... most definitely.


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