A photograph should command respect. Not by its excellence, nor by its often suspect attempt to charm, but by its presence, which should contain a comprehensive and credible proposition. It should not allow the audience to doubt the sincerity of its intensions. It should not expose a photographer who doubts. It should not leave room for its time and space to come under suspicion. Then the audience, whether or not the result has led them to an epiphany, will respectfully bow to an honorable and dynamic presence well able to express an affirmation. The understanding of the significance of time and space in photography is important to the understanding of the catastrophic effect of photographic doubt. Furthermore, this observation, as with all the others, can be applied (possibly with minor changes) to every art form. Thus, the brush stroke on a painting should enliven the artist’s decision to leave his mark or the sudden entrance of the wind section of an orchestra leave the listener in any doubt that it came at just the right moment. The viewer should, in effect, identify with the photographer, and click the shutter with him saying “I too was there”.
Nor does it make any sense for the conscientious or ambitious photographer to attempt to pre-impose these criteria onto his photographs. It is sufficient that he is able to recognize them when by fortuitous circumstance they emerge in his work. Besides, everything that can be said about a photograph discreetly bows and retreats in the face of two paramount moments: that in which the photographer decides to click the shutter and that in which his photograph communicates for the first time with a refined and sensitive observer. This is the only way in which a new world is born and souls are found to inhabit it. The only way, finally, for a photographer to successfully create his work is to continue to work, multiplying the traces of the photographed world in his collection, and for the audience to thirstily seek out any such tracks..... Pl.Rivellis
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rigoletto (34279) 2014-06-23 0:30
i loved reading the quotes and musings on photography in your note. and your photo truly has an observant third person narrative, giving the feeling of "i too was there" successfully. i like the simple composition empowered by the strong shades of trees on the ground.
dip (23892) 2014-06-23 5:40
Γιώργο γεια σου,
ο Πλάτωνας Ριβέλλης μου αρέσει σαν φωτογράφος και συμφωνώ σε πάρα πολλά που κατά καιρούς γράφει και λέει,(αν και δεν είναι δυνατόν να παρακολουθώ όλα όσα γράφονται γι'αυτόν και όλα όσα λέει στις συνεντέυξεις του),
βρίσκω την φωτογραφία σου όμορφη και ιδιαίτερη,σαν μία διαφορετική πινελιά μέσα σ'αυτό το "φωτογραφικό/τουριστικό site " που λέγεται Trek Earth,
abmdsudi (58262) 2014-06-24 6:19
Off the beaten track shot looks certainly great in mono version, super detailing with immense of good gritty details, factual and composed Indeed a kind of oldie feel in it and your pp works a real treat really compliments the subject. As always human presence is vital that you've got spot on as it adds to the mood of the feeling of 'being there' and a strong focal point as well. Very well exposed with excellent tonal contrast producing a pretty shot so very well envisioned in the first instance. Excellent catch, Congrats.
Tx to the in depth ref notes
COSTANTINO (70230) 2014-06-28 22:33
Good morning George
simpe but nice capture in sepia bringing
memories from the past and our life
many years ago when we were young
as always human presence is vital
an I like the human figure with
its black shadow
have a nice Sunday
adores (46419) 2014-07-15 17:39
It's a good shot, I like the b&w and the composition with the ruins, the shadows and the lonely man passing. A good capture!
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38216)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-04-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-22 23:49