Stills V3

February 4, 2009


Filed under: Gordon McGregor — Rex @ 17:10

About the same time every day, I’ve wanted to take a picture of this. For a change I had my camera with me today.



  1. Lovely shot. All the component parts come together perfectly.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 5, 2009 @ 11:18

  2. Oblivious to the nice weather. Or maybe resigned to the fact that he can’t be outside. Signs of being metaphrically chained to the desk.

    A great study on the modern working condition, or maybe that’s just me being stuck reading dreary reports.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 13:42

  3. The hard colours don’t work here…for me. I’m interested in them with my photographer’s hat on, but this scene wouldn’t look like this to me. My low contrast filter would kick in, so, of course, I see this as fake rather than reportage. Like an art director insisted on too many lights.

    Comment by Colin — February 5, 2009 @ 21:03

  4. Dig the stripes and the colors, particularly the weird blue of that cat 5 on the amber background of the desk, but my should hurts just thinking about working in that position. I hear what Colin is saying though; light rarely looks like this to me.

    Comment by matt — February 7, 2009 @ 14:53

  5. As opposed to the processing of the logo shot, I find here that the effect of intense light through a blind is as one would feel it when in the room.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 7, 2009 @ 19:16

  6. This hits me in all sorts of ways, the least of which is who did the DSE assessment (not Matt!)?

    The light from the blinds produces a dramatic increase to the 3D feel of the image. I also like the row of drinks cans and the abandoned monitor. The rich colours create a warm friendly feel whereas the light from the blinds is a bit hard.

    Kevin’s concentration almost makes him look asleep! Does he like his portrait?

    Comment by Rex — February 7, 2009 @ 21:35

  7. this hard light looks real to me, we get this in Australia all the time.

    A striking picture but I’m guessing hard to print with such contrasts?

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 8, 2009 @ 11:47

  8. This works for me. Looks like one of those Texas-style summer-in-the-middle-of-winter days to me. With the tension produced by all that light activity, I’m impressed by Kevin’s concentration. The monitior standing by, or watching the proceedings adds an eerie touch.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 16:13

  9. I can certainly see why you wanted to photograph this, and I find it interesting and well done. The contrast and light is believable for me also. The color is the one part I’m not so sure about. Something doesn’t resonate well for me between the cool blue/green casts on the items on the desk and the warm red/orange on the desk itself.

    Comment by Christina — February 9, 2009 @ 05:29

  10. His expression matches the ‘blank’ expression of the back of that right-hand monitor. They’re also taking up similar amounts of real estate in the frame which gives it a pleasing balance. I’m not too keen on all those shadow streaks though – but only those that fall on Kevin.

    Comment by akikana — February 10, 2009 @ 04:29

  11. It is an interesting discussion on quality of light. On my several trips to Australia in the last few years I’ve noticed that the light is a totally different colour and intensity than I’m used to. Same when I consider how a typical day looks in Texas compared to my home in the UK.

    After a week in Glasgow and London I’m not sure my eyes will take harsh light – you get back to being acclimatised to dreary, diffused light. Even when the sun shines it seems muted.

    Comment by Gordon — February 10, 2009 @ 21:22

  12. oh, to add, if it wasn’t clear, not much done to this one at all, other than taking it

    Comment by Gordon — February 10, 2009 @ 21:23

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