Stills V3

October 26, 2012


Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 20:22



  1. Just to give a little bit of background, John is my father in law who has recently come out of hospital and is suffering, amongst other things, from early stage dementia. This is one of a series of pictures I took, in part for official documentation, but which became a study in and of themselves.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — October 27, 2012 @ 14:42

  2. A sad story, as all concerning dementia are. I was sent this this morning by one of our sons just to keep me on my toes:

    Without knowing all the background to his health you seem to have captured both his character and some elements of his illness. As a photo, I think that your positioning of him with his vertically patterned top against the horizontal blind and the half cross behind his head works very well.

    Comment by zavaell — October 28, 2012 @ 09:34

  3. A fine portrait. The tonal range seems just right. I’m not sure I would have picked up on the exact nature of the “elements of his illness” had you not told us, but I do get a strong feeling of complex emotions and a sense of loss that seem to come with old age regardless of circumstances.

    Comment by Christina — October 28, 2012 @ 23:01

  4. I am interested in the tonal range as the image is a long way from having a peak white. I am interested because under most circumstances I would adjust levels to get a bit of peak white. However I have noticed that others do not necessarily do that and certainly in this case the presentation emphasises the sadness in the image. The background helps create the institutional feel.

    Comment by Rex — October 30, 2012 @ 22:10

  5. Thanks, yes it’s difficult to know how much to say, but I thought it helpful to lead the viewer in this case. John was an engineer (I’ll post a picture of his garage at some point), but has lost all interest and capacity for that. His grandchildren remain a delight to him, however, and that seems a great gift.

    Rex, I chose the tonal range by eye and didn’t like anything brighter. Having said that, all my editing at present is on an old Dell laptop with a limited colour space and not very linear luminance. The images often look different on my tablet later!

    Comment by sojournerphoto — November 5, 2012 @ 00:42

  6. This sounds like a very worthy project Mike. It may be a harsh confrontation for his beloved ones but I am sure that it will eventually be valued. I wish him well, in any case. I like the tonal range as well as the positioning of John. It is indeed a very fine portrait, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Cem — November 5, 2012 @ 13:13

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