Stills V3

May 6, 2009

Sitting on the floor, waiting to go to work (05750030)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 13:06



  1. I wouldn’t have known that she was sitting on the floor without the title, but it does explain the way we view her. Presumably you were on your knees?

    It’s quite a challenge as a picture isn’t it? Conventionally, people would suck their teeth over the light but perhaps the hanging dark coat is supposed to act as an Einsteinian black hole that sucks the light into it before it disturbs the face.

    I like the wall and the desk at the back and all together, in its quiet way, the picture does come together with that triangular balance.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 8, 2009 @ 07:07

  2. John, I hope that the coat and light balance each other out; that’s what I was going for.

    Comment by matt — May 8, 2009 @ 12:42

  3. I am in the suck their teeth camp.

    I find Kate very photogenic and I don’t find that the inclusion of the lamp contributes or enhances the portrait.

    Comment by Rex — May 8, 2009 @ 20:03

  4. I like it. The light and dark have a sort of yin yang thing going on which works well with a slightly ambiguous expression.

    Comment by doonster — May 8, 2009 @ 21:13

  5. the light/ coat thing is where my mind went when I looked at it too – I had the ‘hmm’ thought about the light, then saw it balanced by the black/ coat shapes and wondered about if they really do balance/ counteract each other.

    Problem is, in all that pondering, I hardly looked at her face. Not sure if that is really what you were going for, even if you were going for the light and coat to balance – they become the main event.

    Comment by Gordon — May 11, 2009 @ 18:53

  6. I don’t find that the inclusion of the lamp contributes or enhances the portrait.

    I agree with this, but then I don’t think that this bothers me. Just because the photo is a picture of a person doesn’t make it a portrait. The design elements make the whole photo work (for me). That it happens to be a picture of a specific person rather than of an unknown human being doesn’t much matter.

    I like the shirt/light interaction. The coat then manages to stop the picture being all slanty and falling out of the bottom left.

    Comment by Colin — May 12, 2009 @ 08:34

  7. I went straight to the lamp like a moth to the flame, then eventually worked my way to Kate. A fascinating triangle.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — May 13, 2009 @ 18:24

  8. well you could crop directly above the head and have a great portrait, or you could leave it and have more than a portrait.
    I go with more.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 14, 2009 @ 04:53

  9. I go with more, also. It is more interesting to me than the usual portrait and I find it balanced with the triangle commented on by Anita.

    Comment by Christina — May 15, 2009 @ 02:20

  10. Everyone, thanks for the comments. Shooting the same person over and over has a tendency to free you from the constraints of the basic portrait. You start to think about how you can play with the geometry of the frame and environment.

    Composition aside, I’m particularly proud of the tonal detail in that shirt. A cream shirt in full sunlight from a large window is not an easy thing to capture.

    Comment by matt — May 15, 2009 @ 11:35

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