this is more of a photojournalistic shot than a touristic shot. perhaps, philip will understand what im talking about.
this was taken at inle. there is this one single puppet shop on the main street in inle. this shop is run by the main puppeteer and his assistant. they hold a show ever week ( i think on friday evenings) . the puppets are extremely well made. the colours of some of the dresses are fantastic. but even then business is pretty low here, but the puppeteers open this place everyday and sit down with big smiles greeting all the people passing by.
although the camera focus is on the puppeteer, my focus is on one of the puppeteers in the background. just capturing the life of another interesting soul in this country.
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torben (3098) 2004-08-20 14:07
Tourist or photojournalist, it's definitely very concentrated and effective with a great use of close cropping and black background. the blurred human figure in the background raises the quality even higher. Great work!
bfly (5775) 2004-08-20 14:16
:) you see, I cannot comment on this picture technically..I see it is good (I liked the puppeteer in darkness looking at you) but rest is your attribution to me just after one good picture..after all, I am back to my "novice" category..
very interesting for me too..haven't seen many puppets..
MKING (3054) 2004-08-20 15:05
What works here is the simplicity-- the details yield little distraction from the puppet. The framing you have chosen Sohrab is great-- you have clipped the top of the head and the base which only pulls us closer to the puppet and adds to the feeling of claustrophia that one feels when entering shops like this.
The whisper of a real person behind in the shadows is important-- the two faces connect the puppet to its environment; it's not just floating in the blackness. So yes, this is different and it works well.
There's a great consistency in your recent colour work that makes me absolutely envious. I'm on the verge of just giving up on slides altogether and sticking with B/W...
Proxilva (2157) 2004-08-20 15:49
hee Sohrab nice shot again... you're quite colorfull lately.. i've read about that puppetsplay in a brilliant book 'the pianotuner' a real recomondation about your beloved country...
and good to know they still talk about Burma in that book ;D...
I found a link today with some very interesting photo's very magnum style i think you love it, perhaps you already know it... anyway this is the site: http://www.artcoup.com/
philip_coggan (11) 2004-08-23 0:47
excellently concieved and captured. i would (in theory) like it better if the window behind the puppet weren't there - if you'd moved slightly to the left so that the puppet covered it over and everything behind was black, because the window is a bit distracting from the puppet...but if you did that, the man might not have well placed, and i guess we have to take the best available. i agree with mking about the quality of your work - it's very impressive. next task is what to do with them - i still think you need now to get some advice from magazine editors, professional photographers, and so on like that.
Bennett (764) 2006-04-07 20:51
What Philip didn't tell you is that he is now in SE Asia working on a puppet book...nice shot S.