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September 15, 2009

Somewhere between here and there (06200021)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 16:39

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  1. This is the sort of image that would have freaked me out in the past, but now I can see that it is more a case of ‘not my sort of landscape’ than ‘not my sort of picture’.

    Comment by Colin — September 15, 2009 @ 20:04

  2. There’s a town quite far from here, called Schulenburg, with the town motto ‘half way to everywhere’

    It always strikes me as taken the other way, that means ‘middle of nowhere’ This reminds me of that.

    It does feel that the texture/ grain is doing a lot of heavy lifting here, because there isn’t anything else to do the work.

    Comment by Gordon — September 15, 2009 @ 20:54

  3. Freaked you out, eh? What does that mean?

    ‘It does feel that the texture/ grain is doing a lot of heavy lifting here, because there isn’t anything else to do the work.’

    This is definitely minimalist, and the texture is certainly part of the work, but what attracted me to this was layering in the bottom quarter. There’s a lot going on there. There’s also a lot going on in the sky, or there was; I can’t seem to bring it out on screen.

    Comment by matt — September 16, 2009 @ 13:09

  4. This does seem to be my sort of landscape, though I’d like to see a bit more of what you say is going on in the sky. I am getting an idea of the bottom quarter interest. Once I get into it (from the left lower corner) it is amazing how far I can go.

    I’t’s probably just me, but I’m wanting to turn it a touch counter-clockwise, despite the lean of the poles in that direction.

    Comment by Christina — September 16, 2009 @ 15:32

  5. What does that mean?

    Where are the pretty colours? What’s it all about, alfie?

    I just mean that it took me a long time to work out that landscape (in particular) photos were taken for reasons other than just to please me.

    Comment by Colin — September 16, 2009 @ 15:39

  6. Madness Colin. Next you’ll be saying you’ve decide the world doesn’t spin around you. Be careful with that kind of crazy talk.

    Comment by Gordon — September 16, 2009 @ 16:11

  7. Colin, that is madness, and don’t call me alfie ;-)

    Comment by matt — September 17, 2009 @ 00:22

  8. Alternate, slightly darker version, with more detail in the sky:

    Comment by matt — September 17, 2009 @ 00:42

  9. No, the original is better. Don’t call me Alfie reminds me of ‘A fish called Wanda’ – don’t call me stupid!

    Back to the picture. Does this appeal to Christina because Florida is flat too? This reminds me of why I couldn’t live in East Anglia: and there’s no ‘church spire here to recognise you by’. The sky is fine and would look good in a big print. I suspect that Matt likes the layering because he knows it more intimately and that thin sliver at the bottom thus carries a greater wealth of meaning. But, again in a bigger print, I could imagine that the bottom sliver could reward closer examination and even now it is cleverly presented. I wouldn’t want it tilted as Christina does. But I do prefer to live in hilly Wales!

    Comment by John Ellis — September 17, 2009 @ 06:49

  10. A case of even less would be even more? Those two poles I’m struggling over. Inclusion gives this an edgy feel. Exclusion, perhaps the view would be endless and less intriguing as a result? Certainly one to keep looking at to see what else I am missing.

    Comment by akikana — September 17, 2009 @ 12:24

  11. That big sky has crushed the landscape flat. I have the feeling that I really should like this and it is certainly different.

    Comment by Rex — September 18, 2009 @ 21:16

  12. John — it could well be that part of the reason I like it because the flat openness reminds me of the Florida prairie.

    I agree that the original post is better than the darker version.

    Comment by Christina — September 20, 2009 @ 01:58

  13. I don’t want to linger with this scene, but that has nothing to do with the skills of the photographer. Though it may not make sense, it conjures an overwhelming sense of dullness and bleakness that just encourages me to move on. It all seems to be rendered simply, truthfully, and effectively.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — September 25, 2009 @ 19:08

  14. I think there’s just enough detail in the sky and I like the way the land has been squeezed into a small strip. The poles carry just that hint of habitation nearby that suggests this isn’t as remote as it might appear.

    Comment by doonster — September 27, 2009 @ 16:26


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