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29 November 2009 @ 04:45 pm
Fifth in the series  

As Gavi says about this one, “It seems like I should find it kind of boring—that I shouldn’t really like it … but for some reason I can’t quite identify I do rather like it.” I feel the same way about it. What do you all think?

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doclnghairdoclnghair on November 29th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
The way it's shot it keeps drawing you deeper and deeper into the photo to see what is there. I really like it
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 29th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

Ahh, good point. I guess all the perspective lines do that, yeah. Plus the fact that there's stuff to reward the eye once it gets there.

I'm glad you like it.

Annetxanne on November 29th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, the lines are spiraling but restful.
Annetxanne on November 29th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Me too! I think it's the warm palette, coupled with the dark night off to the side. The two pairs set off the two singletons, and the way the woman on the right is looking into the dark ties the whole thing together.

Yes, I like this a lot.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 29th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)

mmmmmm. That too, yes. The colours do look all warm and cosy and friendly, don't they? I hadn't noticed the two pairs vs. the two singles, but you are quite right that it adds to (creates?) the interest. I definitely did/do think the woman on the far right is the catalyst/keystone that pulls it all together—that the photo wouldn't be at all successful without her.

Thank you. I feel most gratified.

Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on November 29th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
When I first saw it, I thought you had taken it through the window. Anything seen through a window, or a gate, or a small opening in a wall, is intrinsically deeper and more interesting. You didn't actually take it through a window, but it has the same effect. And as has been said above, the warm cozy lights intensify that effect.

P.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on November 29th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)

See? This is why I like hanging out with all you writer-type people*. Most of you are just so darned perceptive … then you are able to assemble words which convey and illuminate your observation. I mean, Anything seen through a window, or a gate, or a small opening in a wall, is intrinsically deeper and more interesting. struck me with its fundamental truth. I probably knew it on some level of consciousness because I've certainly been known to make use of it in my photography, but your ability to formulate and state it so pithily took the breath out of me. Thank you, thank you!

*snerk* A thought. “Oh that Fred—always peeping though windows&hellip”

Or making photos as if I were, anyway. I guess that opens up a whole interesting other can of thoughts, don't it though?

Thanks!

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*That is, in addition to the fact that I simply love you and love spending time with you and so many others in our community. Just, you know, as the wonderful people y'all are.

Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on November 30th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome. I'm not a good photographer, but the words work all right.

I came to this insight after going to a number of travelling exhibits of famous paintings, and finding that, before I could settle down to actually look at their alleged subjects, I had to stare out windows, if there were any, and through doorways and gateways, if there were any, and get my fill of that other world through those openings.

And of course looking through the viewfinder of the camera, or at the screen of a digital one, frames things in that intriguing way as well. If you don't have existing windows to peer through, you make your own on the spot. That's not always evident in the photo.

I think I will leave the can of thoughts for another day -- except to note that there's a cliche that says the eyes are the windows of the soul, and it's suddenly more interesting now in every direction.

P.

P.S. Love you too.
Geri Sullivangerisullivan on November 30th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Yes, like the others who have commented, I'm drawn first to the depth of the image, and its warmth. There's an intimacy to it that leaves me seeing the scene as if I'm standing right there, present, when of course I am not.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on November 30th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Capturing the moment, that's what I like about it, myself.