One of the more visited displays at the CeBit '05 Fair in Hannover was the one of SAP, which is the world's leading provider of business software solutions - 'from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and mid-size businesses to enterprise-scale suite solutions for global organizations'.
But many of those stopping by were common people – just like me – and not fancy business people seeking a high-tech solution to their problems. Because what you found here, was more 'down to earth' and definitely the most non-digital segment of an exhibition focusing on computers and IT.
After waiting your turn, you sat down in front of someone of Chinese, Korean or Arabic origin and had your name (or whatever you wanted) written with the signs of their languages. And this was done as a real handicraft with methods used for thousands of years.
Here a young boy gets his name perpetuated in Chinese on rice paper with a brush dipped in Indian ink. It was a joy to see this artist in action and how elegantly he maneuvered the brush and created the different signs by varying the pressure.
Behind them a young woman gets instructions on a Korean keyboard and above all this was a giant screen with changing messages projected. Among them a question of nine-year-old Emily: "Chinese has 55.000 signs. So, does the keyboard have 55.000 keys?"
I found this to be a nice human segment in a digital world!
Image cropped, autolevels, adjusted brightness +10 and contrast +5, increased saturation +15 and reduced in blue –25, desaturated magenta, NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.
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MvS (4163) 2005-05-15 14:06
Ett trevligt inslag på mässan. Du har fått ett härligt ljus i bilden och färgerna är harmoniska.
maphoto (8082) 2005-05-15 22:59
Another great result Kaj, this is so clear, everything we like in digital ! Very interesting composition and note, I don't know what was on the left but maybe I would have liked to see the woman completly on the chair, thanks for sharing.
kent_s (1911) 2005-05-16 7:07
You really know how to pick the raisins from that big cake. Here's the entire IT-world gathered and you find this peacuful place. The pic has a stunnishing clearance with warm and nice colors
orme (7215) 2005-05-17 6:16
Great composition, Kaj. I like the way you have captured the guy writing Chinese, in this modern / digital surrounding. He seems to be really concentrating on his art! The brighter background colour works well here. Well spotted.
digi-mom (1064) 2005-05-17 14:29
Beautiful combination of opposing images and commentary by you.
jiherka (4538) 2005-05-19 16:27
The real life... Using our dexterity, it is something that is no more the rules now. Nice capture to ilustrate this.
Well done Kaj.
pamastro (7218) 2005-05-22 13:48
Nicely taken, Kaj. This has a nice line through it from the person who's name is being written through the writer and to the two women. But for me it all focuses on the writer, as it should. And there is a good capture of him at work, very intent on getting it just right. You can see him totally into it, making sure every meticulous detail is done correctly. And there is just enough of the person to make it seem like he's totally watching every movement with interest but not sure when it will be finished. That feel of "should I clap now", I think.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2416)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-12
- Categories: Artwork, Event
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG 200 ISO
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Theme(s): Calligraphy [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-15 11:28