old and weary hands at work
p.s. this one is for philip
since i was telling him how i was trying to capture the essence of a person without actually getting an uplose face portrait of the person..
i dont know if this has worked.. but it is only my first attempt at this sort of a portraiture and hopefully i'll manage to get what i want with some experience
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snuggleaphagus (4146) 2004-12-29 0:01
Very very effective. The spools and the threads on the stretched accross give much order to the frantic movement of the hands. The hands themselves are indicative of someone who is an expert at this, and works with precision. The details on the hand closes and less blurred also indicate that this person is no longer young.
The scene coming through the windows is also great and the light gives me an idea of the atmosphere within the workshop. I also really like the blurred hand.
Homerhomer (4080) 2004-12-29 0:25
I think this has worked very well Sohrab, by seeing her hands and the environment she is we we can imagine what she looks like, what is the expression on her face, infact this is why I like it so much, because the information isn't fed to us, but what's given is enough to get our imagination working. Love the hand movement, the colours and lighting. The image tells us a whole lot about the shop, poeple working there and even gives us a glimpse of the life outside it's walls.
roberta (0) 2004-12-29 0:56
Me desculpe eu nao falo muito ingles .
Gostei muito do movimento da imagem.
e da perspectiva tambem.
philip_coggan (11) 2004-12-29 2:22
I see now what you mean. Actually a close portrait of a face is probably the least effective way of showing something about a person - most often it turns out to be a portrait of a child ('innocence') or a pretty girl 'beauty') or an old man or woman ('wisdom'). I mean that a close portrait will most likely lead to generalities, not to knowledge of that individual.
This is a good way to approach people photography.
But we still have to leave room for Steve McCurry...
arnabchat (7233) 2004-12-29 3:17
good pic. nice light and color tone. your effort has worked out nicely.
as a human being, i have always supported the efforts of artisans and craftsmen who keep the traditional techniques alive, and what they create through their hands is a gift to mankind, ...an artform inherited by generations, reared with care and evloved with love.
thanks for sharing
bantonbuju (51813) 2004-12-29 4:27
great, inspiring picture, sohrab; seeing this one i decided to create a series on "shaken" pics in the future; thanx for sharing and inspiration; like it much, this dynamism
eleparc (24063) 2004-12-29 5:51
nice shot Sohrab! it is very dynamic and you mastered well the light! a very effective shot! your approach of a person through his hands is a great idea... I like to do it also from time to time...
everlasting (14850) 2005-01-01 10:14
This is intersting Sohrab, and it works for me.
The movement, the lighting, the colours it all there.
Kicka (0) 2005-01-01 14:59
I think this photograph works well according to you note Sohrab. I like the idea and think there is a lot of possibilities to develop these kind of ideas, even though they are not unique.Like in this photograph hands especially in action, can be very good story tellers captured in the right environment and there are a lot of other opportunities to be explored.
torben (3100) 2005-01-05 14:16
If you intention was to capture the essence of a person I don't think you really did it, I see more the essence of a place and a craft. But that's fine with me because the image is so beautiful with the wonderful light, clever composition and slightly mysterious combination of blur and sharpness that gives a sense of timelesness, at least to me. Very very good!
clodreno (0) 2005-01-11 5:54
it's funny the other day I wrote a critique for this one and added it to my favs, and now i came back to see it and nothing appeared.. weird.
SO.. I love it and just like what i said in the other one.. You are getting better witbh every shots you are showing us.. I am also sensible to weavers...
joseelias (0) 2005-01-17 8:52
Excellent colors and POV! In this one everything is excellent. The hard exposure contrast (I love the over and underexposure), and the geometry distortion are fabulous. A very dynamic and strong image.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2005-01-23 22:48
This is a compelling image, with very good composition, angle, lighting, color and framing. But portrait it is not. Its value is in its capture of a technical aspect of silk making in an artistic way, with the hands adding a human dimension to the endeavor. But if your aim is to "capture the essence of the person..." this does not succeed.
sengir (4956) 2005-05-15 14:02
fantastic shot, Sohrab. The light, composition.. great. And for me you have captured essence - with the tender moves of his/her hands on the silk, with their dedication to this work. Very good