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A little less than a happy high
Yep, needed that
Huh. I find myself sandwiched between two superior pics in 7shots... again. The kicker was Thursday Guy dropping his highly interpretive abstract piece moments after I posted a quick shot I grabbed on the way in this morning. I could be kind to myself and claim that this hasn't been the greatest week for it, but inside I'm screaming something unintelligible about being outclassed. I need to get out of that mindset if only because I know how crippling it can be.

I'll be back after lunch, and imagine that I'll be in a better mood.

Current Music: Arcade Fire - The Backseat

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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 27th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
actually I like yours most out of the three.
The pearls looks like a product shot, and the "interpretive piece" just doesn't thrill me.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: May 27th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm inclined to agree with Ry, P. I really like the piece you posted, not so much in comparison to the other pieces, as they're all really different, but for what the piece provokes in me.

There's something really phenomenal about the temporality of the photos you take -- there's a photographer-protagonist, and a setting and an event in every one you've posted so far -- it's a really unique and appreciable art, and very different than the photos posted before and after you in 7 shots. N
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel like the shots I've been taking are too concrete, and that I may be imposing myself upon them too much. I guess I'm hoping to evoke some of what I feel in addtion to communication what I see. Sometimes that may involve the story that I want the image to tell. Sometimes that doesn't go beyond "Neat!" Most of the time I end up falling short of what I'd like to do.

Like I said to D-, it's growing pains. I do appreciate your thoughts though. Thanks.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: May 27th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I've gotta interject here. "Imposing [yourself] too much on them" seems like an odd perspective to have; either you're photographing as photojournalism/documentation, which doesn't seem to be your aim, or you're photographing as an expressive/interpretive art form to convey something about your experience or observations.

Assuming I'm right and it's the latter - that the piece is a piece in itself, and not just a window onto an event - then it seems to me you *can't*, by definition, impose yourself too much on them. It's your experience that defines them, that makes them more than just chemicals recording light on paper.

It's exactly the fact that you're imposing yourself and an interpretive/selective/emotive lens on them that makes them evoke what you feel in addition to simply communicating.

It's working. Keep at it, and don't be afraid to regard it as a medium instead of a result. (Not that you necessarily are, but...)
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things I've found is that it's nigh on impossible to hide behind a camera. Merely by pointing the instrument in a direction, you become a participant, an actor. You may still be separate from that thing you've focused on, but the act transforms you into something other than a mere spectator.

All this is very intimidating for me, if only because I've spent the majority of my life attempting invisibility. At this point, I could go into the idea of the photograph as a therapeutic tool, but that might just get weird. Suffice to say that being behind the lens makes me feel exposed, and that that feeling makes me feel like I'm too much with the resulting images.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like the colors in both, and the movement in the latter. I wasn't entirely happy with mine. I didn't get the shot I wanted, and I didn't have time to go back because I was already running late for the office.

I'm mostly just being grumpy today. Thanks for saying.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 27th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
grump away captain grumpmeister!

I'm never one to deny another some grumpage. Just don't insult your picture. ^_^
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I need a wookie icon. I heart wookie icons.
cinemama From: cinemama Date: May 27th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fuckin' clayrobeson, man.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude gets all the ladies...
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: May 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That psychotic smear that got posted after yours is not superior in any sense of the word. I do like the bead one, but I have a bit of a bead fetish.

I have two of your three challenges :)
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a thing for psychotic smears. ^_^

I'm looking forward to it. Don't rightly remember what I asked for, but I'm guessing it will just make me that much more delighted.
technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: May 27th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Peter, that pic is GREAT. I love the solid of the cylinder on the right mixed with the motion-blur on the left.

How does one get to post in 7shots?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 27th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
One adds it to ones friends list.
There's only 7 members posting at a time, each posts one day of the week.
we just had a major switchup and swapped out 3 members for 3 new ones, so it'll probably be a bit yet before anyone wants to give up their day.

(I'm the community mod. ^_^ )
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're missing posts, though. What up with Saturday, Mr. Saturday?
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 27th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, saturday.
look! a monster!
*runs away*
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
What? Where?

...Dang. I always fall for that.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
As I mentioned above, it wasn't exactly the shot I was hoping for. It was close, but I missed capturing what I saw and ended up with something very different. Thanks, though.

As for getting access, I just knew someone. ^_^
futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: May 27th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your photo is your photo. Judge based on what it is, not your opinion of someone else's photo. It's like apples and oranges.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall judge it as growing pains.

I need to learn my equipment better.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: May 27th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like yours because it's abstract, but still comprehendable.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was trying to push the abstraction a little more. There was a place where the whole thing looked like water falling into a pool but I didn't entirely get that.

Really liked your beads. It made me want to cradle the lot of them in my hands.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 27th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
umm, i agree with what some of the other people here have said: your pic is not inferior. actually thursday guy's shot didn't do anything for me. and i wouldn't say the beads are better than yours- they are two completely different types of shots. honestly, except for the white blur in the bottom left, i really think your photo rocks. i love the way the cylinder on the right seems to do two things at once- like an optical illusion or something. it's both the solid, stationary focus of the picture as well as appearing to float unanchored in space and "let go" of my eye.

how did you accomplish the shot, btw? i mess around with my camera a lot, but have no actual knowledge of how photography works in a technical sense.
komos From: komos Date: May 27th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Truth be known, I don't have a good sense of technical photography either. This was just me responding to something odd I caught out of the corner of my eye. You're actually looking down a panel that runs alongside an escalator. Usually, the stainless looks a great deal more opaque, but the weird quality of the light coming through the skylights brought the ripple pattern out. The white blur may also be a by-product of this, but I haven't quite figured out what happened there.

And thanks.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: May 29th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
stop that...compairing your art to others is a killer
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't I know it! I'm better now, but man, when that impulse hits...
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