Stills V3

May 22, 2009

Vicious Grin (05760021)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 14:17



  1. I’m always tempted by marks and graffiti but often, but by no means always, stop short because I can’t see the photographic value of the material (although colour combinations are always attractive). Here is a delightfully simple piece of mark making that works even in the abstract without saying it’s a grin. The rest of it is a good combination of pattern and composition. Strangely, the blurred leaves at the top fit in very well.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 23, 2009 @ 06:34

  2. The graffiti does lift this out of the ordinary. I love the central ‘in your face’ composition.

    Comment by Rex — May 23, 2009 @ 18:31

  3. Some really strange lighting going on here! Even though this is very square on there are so many slopes and angles in play that it feels less so. I’m not so sure about the leaves though: the mixture of sharp, soft and the catch-light bokeh leave me feeling a little dizzy. But at least the fence calms the eyes.

    Comment by akikana — May 25, 2009 @ 06:49

  4. I think that the ‘little dizzy’ making components are important. If there was only fence then the face would be a bit ‘so what’. It is the combination of elements here that make my eye race around and then settle back on the face to create my own smile.

    Comment by Colin — May 25, 2009 @ 09:52

  5. somehow this works, yet I can’t quite grasp why. Always good when that happens.

    Comment by Gordon — May 26, 2009 @ 22:24

  6. A fence post with personality. The “face” makes me think of carved jack-o-lanterns. That branch on the right helps this composition work.

    Comment by Christina — May 28, 2009 @ 04:13

  7. Interesting how there are different ways in which a picture can work for diferent people.

    I like the strong graphic element & the mix of geometric & natural shapes. One of those I wish I’d taken.

    Comment by doonster — May 28, 2009 @ 08:17

  8. I find it intersting that we are all wired to see a few simple lines as a face.

    All of the components work well for me, enjoy the blur as well.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 30, 2009 @ 11:55

  9. Everyone, thanks for the comments. I worried that there wouldn’t be enough here to keep everyone interested, but it seems those worries were unfounded.

    I’m just coming back from vacation, so I’ll try to catch up on comments over the next few days.

    Comment by matt — May 31, 2009 @ 12:09

  10. I enjoy the joke in the outrageous grin, but there is nothing that holds me beyond a quick glance.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 9, 2009 @ 02:01

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