I was reading THE PHOTO thread in the forum and realized that I don't have the one most favourite photo, or the photo that I think is once in a life time accomplishment, and after a deliberation that this one is probably the one I like the most.
The question is why do I like it? not easy to answer, but most likely not just because of what I see on the screen but because what's in my memory. Taken during a lovely stroll in a Cuban village, warmth of the poeple, their openess and simplicity, simple life as it was 100 years ago, I love dogs, love the tonal range of the film that I can't duplicate with digital.
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AmiBe (6042) 2006-11-11 12:58
I don't have memories about this shot but I like it as well.
I like how you crop the man, good textures, wood, tiling, stone...
The dog adds a relaxed atmosphere.
Galeota (10352) 2006-11-11 14:24
Mr Kozikowsky. Even though Iím not allowed the privilege to share the instants that have built your past, I am thankful to be invited to the projection of what you once saw and has been graved in your memories ever since. I donít know yet if I personally identify myself more with the dog (which we donít really know exactly if heís taking a rest, hiding from unforgiving Gods, or simply letting his days roll by) or with the pair of old boots behind the manís legs. My eyes keep being attracted to his veins. Bold and thick as the blood thatís surely flowing inside them. One step upwards or one step downwards, who cares. His hand has said it all already: strong enough to caress lifeís throat and gently press it until death shows its face. Should I say that this is an optimistic image?
kensimage (8565) 2006-11-11 14:59
I can see why you like it, Peter. It is filled with icons of life in a tropical small town. Sandals on feet, old shoes on a porch, well-worn wooden furniture, worn concrete, dogs lazing...it all adds up to a vivid portrait, even without a face showing. And of course those tones, as you say. A portrait of a way of life. Regards, Ken.
AnaFrantz (636) 2006-11-11 16:43
That's true what you said...sometimes the tec, the perfection, the roght light or perfect angle, are just so small... Photography will be nothing without the feeling and without comunicating trough the world...Your photography says a lot to me.
MKING (3054) 2006-11-11 16:54
Captured it all and said it all here Peter; I will briefly note the dog because I love a dog in the frame as much as you do :) Definitely the weathered but resilient feel here emphasised with the strong contrast and deep, rich textures of the middle greys.
At the end of the day, its the portraits of the people I've met-- be it for 5 minutes or an enternity, whether snapshot or dilligent composition-- that will remain my favourites.
roamermark (1592) 2006-11-11 23:26
It would be a favourite of mine if had taken it as well. Clearly I cannot speak to the memories it brings back merely the feeling it evokes...and it does that. The simplicity of life one finds in a hot, (usually poor) village is very appealing.
The tones are great and I didn't even notice the dog on first look which absolutely seals the deal for me...the dog and the run down furniture
Furachan (0) 2006-11-15 0:14
A fine shot, Peter, whose value is amplified by your touching note. One then revisits the image and appreciates it anew, as more layers pile on.
Your favourite. That's good enough for me...
voightlanderfan (0) 2006-12-14 13:42
This is an amazing composition here, but I like it very much splendid tones of b&w.
BennyV (20267) 2011-12-13 23:52
Yes, this is the crowning shot of the series.
The composition is intriguing, textures are just superb.
- Copyright: Peter Kozikowski (Homerhomer) (4080)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-01-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 28mm f/2.8, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-11 11:55
- Favorites: 1 [view]