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April 25, 2009

Alone

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 12:50

Self doubt, this is the forth image prepared for this post. The other three were from the Fort Augustus trip. This is a gallery in Bristol.

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12 Comments »

  1. If self doubt led you to this, it led you well. This has a wonderfully somber feel, contributed to by both the composition and the color palette. Well done.

    Comment by matt — April 26, 2009 @ 13:36

  2. What matt said. Plus it is a fun “portrait” of a modern gallery.

    Comment by Colin — April 27, 2009 @ 01:07

  3. I agree with the comments above. This is definitely an “oh, wow” for me. That cool white doorway is perfectly placed and sized.

    Comment by Christina — April 27, 2009 @ 03:32

  4. I’m not quite with the general flow here. While I like the look of walls and floor, there is something I can’t pin down about the composition that means that this doesn’t work completely. Part, but not all, of that is where the figure is in relation to the chairs.

    I am not sure about ‘Alone’ either: does it mean he is the only person in the room (photographer excepted) or that he has no companion? I don’t tap into Matt’s “somber (sic) feel” as, in the first instance, it seems more or less like a gallery (and thus highly photogenic – normally with photography forbidden) and, secondly, is darkened a bit by what seems like vignetting that is rather out of place.

    Is this the Arnolfini?

    Comment by John Ellis — April 28, 2009 @ 06:48

  5. It is the Arnolfini which curiously was almost completely empty of exhibits other than one video, so I photographed the people. The image is manipulated more than I normally do. The door was too bright, the white balance was well out but putting that ‘right’ made the door worse, the man and chairs were almost silhouette, the vignette was there but I’ve exaggerated it and I’ve entered it into a comp on Wednesday night where it will be projected 1400*1050 about 3 metres wide! Any defects will show up then!

    Comment by Rex — April 28, 2009 @ 07:11

  6. I’ll certainly be interested to know how it fares in the competition.

    Comment by John Ellis — April 29, 2009 @ 10:06

  7. It got a 9 , the judge talked about it for some time, liked the sense of loneliness, imagined the echoes in the empty room, pondered over why the uncomfortable chairs were in the middle of the empty room and liked the lighting.

    Inverness City (renamed Mine’s a half) got 8 with some interesting comments and Red Squirrel (Renamed Rainy day Cafe) also got an 8 with comments about the reds, rain and composition.

    The judge wasn’t bad, entertaining and knowledgeable and I didn’t wince once! However he is retiring thereby lowering the average quality of judges available!

    Comment by Rex — May 2, 2009 @ 07:51

  8. Is that out of ten?

    Comment by John Ellis — May 2, 2009 @ 12:58

  9. :-) Cheeky

    Yes out of 10.

    Comment by Rex — May 2, 2009 @ 13:27

  10. I’m intrigued by the alignment of the chairs with the doorway. Despite knowing the location, feels like a party waiting for the crowds to turn up. In that way, I feel the tension of expecting something to happen.

    Comment by doonster — May 2, 2009 @ 15:06

  11. it is a big empty gallery and the floor space helps that feeling. Vignetting does not bother me. Cutting out the ceiling lighting would make it feel even more empty but this is quite empty enough.
    The person in the photo is busy reading some literature, the picture does not give me a lonely feeling.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 6, 2009 @ 21:46

  12. This holds me and has that powerful effect of grabbing me and dragging me into the place. I agree with Christina that the door provides the “wow”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — May 19, 2009 @ 00:30


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