Stills V3

May 29, 2010

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Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 13:44



  1. A subtly provocative composition with the arm right up by the edge of the frame and the tilt not quite corrected (that becomes more noticeable with viewing). That is compounded by the precarious balancing of the elbow on the chair arm. The subdued light through the window helps the balance. I wasn’t sure about the tonal value of the face initially as it tended not to have enough light edges but, again, it works with the overall subtlety.

    Comment by zavaell — May 31, 2010 @ 06:55

    • John, this is slightly under exposed. No in camera meter and the handheld meter died, so I’m left guessing.

      Comment by alofsm — June 6, 2010 @ 22:33

  2. More conventional than some of your Kate shots. A biography picture conveying both a here-and-now-ness and also an image that might be deliberate on the part of the sitter.

    Comment by colinjago — June 1, 2010 @ 14:24

  3. Kate looks a bit sad and pensive, I prefer quirky Kate.

    Comment by Rex — June 5, 2010 @ 16:35

  4. This does look like the photo on the book jacket. The slight underexposure, the pose, and the expresssion make me think the book is a rather serious work.

    Comment by anitajesse — June 7, 2010 @ 04:00

  5. Serious and questioning. An insightful portrait.

    I don’t mind the underexposure, the darker face fits the mood of the picture well. I like the way her glasses and eyes are rendered – theres a lovely clarity that isn’t ‘sharpness’


    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 10, 2010 @ 20:27

  6. she is used to that camera and does not complain about having it pointed at her.

    I tried to sit like Kate to see how natural it was. I found myself moving into a more solid lean and ended up with indentations in my face and a stretched face. Kate is much more elegant than I am.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 11, 2010 @ 09:41

  7. I keep seeing it as a sort of pastiche of the typical “talking heads” portrait. The under exposure works well here.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2010 @ 01:49

  8. It is a lovely composition and natural looking. At first I thought it too dark and missed detail in the blacks, but eyes adjusted and began to enjoy the subleties like the pattern of veins on the hand at the bottom.

    Comment by Christina — June 21, 2010 @ 21:15

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