Stills V3

April 16, 2009

There is no value in doing things you don’t enjoy

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — Rex @ 20:56

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  1. Little brother is watching…!

    Her head looks as though it is being compressed between a vase of roses and a pop-art, orange-shirted boy, which may be how she feels.

    The dark-haired woman in a white T-shirt is dominant amongst the other artifacts. All the objects make sense in the composition except for the foreground table (?), which, by being so blurred in that position, keeps drawing the eye fruitlessly to it. Nonetheless, this is an engrossing study of, and engagement with, a woman in a room.

    Comment by John Ellis — April 17, 2009 @ 06:54

  2. I don’t like christmas either.

    The portrait on the wall dominates the image in a most unexpected way.

    Comment by Rex — April 17, 2009 @ 17:49

  3. With that out of focus vase in the foreground, the sense of three dimensionality is striking. Funny expression the sitter, and I love the way her head inclines to meet the portrait on the wall.

    Comment by matt — April 20, 2009 @ 12:05

  4. I love the way her head inclines to meet the portrait on the wall. Funny, I was thinking the opposite: I wish her head was inclined (but is not) to meet the angle of the portrait.

    I love the way the blur provides the depth to the compressed perspective of a telephoto.

    Out of season, the tree and empty space feel wasted. In a group of more seasonal shots it would add useful context.

    Comment by doonster — April 21, 2009 @ 08:46

  5. This gets better and better with each view. All those bright colorful elements vying for attention, yet the woman in white (and in focus) holds her own and keeps it all together (as she seems to be trying to do mentally).

    The Christmas tree — at first I think the image would be fine without it, yet then I think it adds something unexpected and sort of fun — and maybe also adds to the impressive balancing act going on. I’m glad that star is where it is.

    Comment by Christina — April 22, 2009 @ 04:59

  6. An example where we read all sorts of things into a portrait because of the way that the photographer has placed the subject in the frame.

    A bit of Munch here.

    Comment by Colin — April 24, 2009 @ 02:49


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