Thank you. It's interesting you would notice that, as it's the first comment I read regarding this and it actually was a huge effort in imagination and execution to get her skin to look this way! Sharp eye as always, which demonstrates that it takes a dedicated afterworker to know one!
Thank you so much for this great comment, you made my day!
Amazing tones of black, and of white, with a little grey in the middle! But the concept is disturbing and thought provoking, off-balance but not unbalanced. I need to look at this more to understand it.
BTW, thankyou for the interaction between yourself and ~AdayaJuran. I am working through much of that myself - popular vs "good", and enjoyed your honesty.
Thank you for your comment. I'm glad the photograph triggers more questions than answers, in my opinion it's much more interesting and powerful this way as I'm sure you'll find your own answers to this, which I can't even dream of...
And keep posted for the interaction with my dear Adaya because It's an ongoing process . Feel free to join it! (This will end up being a forum line maybe )
It says it does... Don't you have it? The weird thing is that it doesn't come from me (no nudity, no violence in this photograph... in my French culture's perspective it shouldn't be put as "mature content"), but the "Fetish Portrait" category is automatically mature content. So, I go along with it. The underlying assumptions of the photograph can only be understood by an adult watcher anyways so it makes sense somehow...
I can see why. Did you intend to get the ring on her finger in the mirror? When I noticed that, I thought it seemed to show her past was haunting her. I could sit and try to decode this image all day long I think.
1. The technical quality of the work. Im a big fan of contrast and textures, and sometimes when punching up the contrast of an image, increasing the intensity of shadow and light areas, there tends to be detail and texture loss. However in this work you have done this so well nothing important is lost, but the right things stand out. Great use of lighting, all the surfaces shine, and that gives the photo a clean and alive feel.
2. The oddness of the photo. Breaking some rules and playing with the eyes and minds of the viewers. It's great you're experimenting outside the comfortable zone. Yet it's still pretty
3. The concept. It all comes together. interesting new series you've started to explore here.
This comment also applies for the other one of the series. (Which I found even more interesting!) [link]
For some reason, I was hoping you would enjoy these !
Thank you for this comment. I'm more and more cautious of the basic photographic quality and haven't done the usual things recently. Even "Elevation" with the cathedral ceiling is actually traditional photography, and not HDR. I just emphasized the lights and sharpness, and layered the RAW file a little but I didn't have a tripod and even if I had it couldn't be set this high in that angle. So... back to basics I guess. Light and concept. Hell, just wrote the etymology of photography!
Why... Don't you have nice stilettos yourself and a fine corset to go with them for special occasions? I would be surprised...
Asking questions you already know the answer to is a disguise for a statment dear. Would you like to make one?
(Oh, and mission accomplished, you have managed to excite me )
As for this more ' primitive ' direction of work- "light and concept" as you said... To tell you the truth I much prefare it to HDR or digital manipulation. For me these sorts are more soulful and interesting for some reason. I guess that is partly also why this new series, as well as a couple of other ones you have worked on before (such as "Eros or Thanatos", Prayer II in my opinion is one of your best photographs yet [link]) , strike me. I can see more in it personaly in many senses, especially more emotional involvement, that shows visually. Playing with light and concept most appeals to me, and so that's why I appriciate most both your black and white series and your "painting with light" works
It's interesting to read you on this. I've been thinking for a while that DA, although a very nice and friendly place, is a threat to any true artistic research. The works you mention are the ones which have the least "favorites" of those I publish and yet they are very dear to me. I know many people here who publish not the photographs that question them and their territory, but the ones which they know will provide hundreds of favs and comments, ending up repeating themselves on and on. And each time I look at the most viewed works on this site in the last 1 or 8 days I'm saddened by the absence of quality. Which brings us to the question: where to publish and find the appropriate feedback and comments?
I'm so lucky to have you here remind me of these things...
It seems many times people ascape deapth and look for conveniance. It's in the everyday where in certain societies, such as the one i live in today, people keep an emotional distance and detachment from one another. Sometimes a result of the up bringing which dictates, among other 'values', respect, and sometimes a result of fear or ignorance, or something i might not be aware of at all. We all do it, and nothing says it's wrong (let's not even go to this grey area anyway). However, many times we look for something, and reach out, but dont get our call anwered..
It's not very often that I get an actual response to: "how are you?" (as sometimes it's only used as a plain greeting phrase which simply means 'hello', and it's not very often at all that I get an actual response out of a comment. It makes me think - whether I have failed to evoke it? Or are others simply too lazy or afraid to get involved? Another thing is ever since I subscribed to DA I have decided to watch many different artists, as some of their work at the time did something to me. Though Im afraid to say, an extreamly small number of those renew themselves and their ideas. So I keep seeing the same of the the same kind over and over. An idea that worked and got favorites is yet again reused. It disapoints me a little somewhere inside. Though I know it isn't very fair of me to say, I dont even expect anything, and also- everyone evolves in their time, and go through phases of their own nature...So no judgment, just.. thoughts.
You know when I found the most giving and surrendering of feedbacks and comments? It was in real life. Standing infront of a framed photograph in my exhibition. Maybe because most people attend exhibitions knowing what is expected of them- to either like, dislike, or remain nutral, and have reasons for it. Or maybe it's seeing things in real life that calls back for quality in response too? The internet perhaps is a too distancing tool for communication? We can communicate to each other easier and more conveniently, but what of the qaulity of this communication? Can it ever be the same as when you can actually use all your senses?
Perosnaly, my intial reasoning for publishing work on DA was to create a some sort of folio that I can refare people i meet in real life to. Basically have some of my work published on the net so it woud easy for people intered to view at their own time. And then, the comments and feedback from other artists who share interests and occupation were a great extra. It was great to see the work ethics from people around the world. My real confidance boost/blows come from feedback from people I actually get to know somewhat, converse with, or see in real life.
That's how I can best answere your question from my own point of view