He was walking slowly, towards the commemorative exhibition of his former professor at the Technical University where he studied and taught architecture. He felt at home there, knowing each stone, each door and classrooms opening from the old corridors. Suddenly I was filled with emotion. He could have retired there. He did not. He was thrown out from his teaching position in the darkest of communist days, long ago, because he did not give in to the corruption expected of him. He was a victim of the system but it didn't break him. He is capable of deep laughter and quotes Homer in Greek. My father.
PS I shall come back to critique a bit later.
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delnaja (2054) 2006-11-02 10:04
that light... is superb Sasa...
The tilt... and the graphism made by the windows shades...
pasternak (15181) 2006-11-02 10:05
My deepest compliments to you, Sasa, for such a touching tribute. The picture is fantastic, the way you have caught him walking along this "corridor of light" fills it with deep symbolic meaning.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-11-02 10:09
A lovely (and loving) tribute, Sasa. And such a fine photographic artwork with the play of shadows and light on the tiled floor of the corridor. He is pretty much ideally positioned in the scene, and the tilt works well to strenghten the element of perspective and the diagonal leading lines. Great tonal range in the b&w. Touching and artistic stuff.
piozac (2065) 2006-11-02 10:11
I like that kind of tilted images. And this one is not only well composed but also very nicely enlighted. It looks pretty good in this slight sepia tone.
Very good job you've done here.
luisafonso (862) 2006-11-02 10:14
Speechless. That's how you leave me... A great tribute to the most important of men. Nice to see him in his grounds: architecture. The clear black door, in the top corner, with the tilted path of light windows; so evocative. The black and white? Perfect! A favorite, if you don't mind.
Nemeth (243) 2006-11-02 10:14
nicoz (1979) 2006-11-02 10:17
Here is father who managed to transmit his artistic genes to his descendants! Beautifull photo and a touching note!
lasscor (7640) 2006-11-02 10:18
Wonderful B&W graphical composition.
Great light and shadows, good framing.
The old man adds a plus to your composition.
zips (1958) 2006-11-02 10:22
I like the door at the end of the hall for some reason it seems in the right place, door to knowledge and all that....good B/W format, nice contrast, patterns on the floor......and great detail.
battousai (827) 2006-11-02 10:28
This one is a masterpiece, Sasa.
I love visiting your gallery because from almost every photo I can learn something new. New POV's, new ideas, new way of looking at things... You're preseting us your world and you do it in a utterly beautiful way. Thank you.
I love this photo but most of all I love the story it tells.
Best regards and REALLY thanks for sharing
sc07 (1292) 2006-11-02 10:30
Fantastic picture, very graphic, with the shadows and the patterns of the ground. The tilt is great too...This old man and your note are excellent! Great!
When I saw the thumbnail I recognized immediately the ground and this corridor of Budapest University (BUTE)...I was sure it was there, I was right! ;))
Perfect shot, and splendid homage to your father
andante (7092) 2006-11-02 11:04
As usual, great use of the diagonal to increment the drama and dynamism of the image.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-11-02 11:13
superb shot, full of atmosphere...this caught my eye immediately, and after reeding your note I like this photo even more...well done!
Take care, Ivana
miuky (3335) 2006-11-02 11:36
You daddy must be very proud on you, and there is a universal truth...If a child reserves such worm words for he's parent, this must be a very gentle and loving one...
Much joy and serenity for both:)
Framboisilla (5277) 2006-11-02 11:52
J'aime le tilt qui donne du caractère à l'image, la tranquillité des lieux, le jeu d'ombres et de lumière au sol et le N&B qui fait ressortir tout ça. Très chouette !
MiguelP (14470) 2006-11-02 13:48
Give all my greetings to the old professor. How could I give you a critic without words? I say so because this is a photo for feel, one of those that appears here from time to time. It´s always hard to stand up in front of systems, give him also my thankfull congratulation. Take care.
PS: Too much words, I´m sorry.
AnaFrantz (636) 2006-11-02 13:58
Very good game with shadows. I liked the composition too..brings up soletude! BRAVO
Clairedelune (4923) 2006-11-02 14:31
Nice tribute to your father. I understand that for you, it is very personal and mostly feeling. But let me tell you that your photo and your note have a resonance in my own heart. Oh, my father was not a professor, far from it, though he worked in schools a big part of his life. He were the guy who make the floors shiny, washing them, polishing them, taking care of them, making the school a nice and clean place to live, with all the heart he was capable of. I will not have the chance to take a photo of him, since he died more than 10 years ago. But, why do I say that your photo has a resonance? Simple. Today would have been his birthday. He would have had 80 years old.
Fathers of different background. Fathers nevertheless.
You photo? The beauty of lights and shadows...
Thank you Sarolta. And sorry for my emotional answer to your photo. I could not help it.
AmiBe (6042) 2006-11-02 14:58
I can see that you still have a lot of good pictures from Budapest.
Excellent compo and tilt I like how the light illuminates the way.
Great position and posture of the man.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2006-11-02 15:01
This is a wonderful and poignant tribute to your father. I applaud your sense of balance, your acute observation of human emotion and objective form to meld the two into this intricately woven image of a proud man's lonely vigil on truth. My felicitation.
mlopes (494) 2006-11-02 15:19
i think i will make a "stamp" with this words "Hi Sassa, this is fantastic, i really admire the way you see and portrait your world"
Then i just have to apply the stamp to all your photos.
chicken (1557) 2006-11-02 15:19
Besides the great tones and the perspective I especially like the angle at which you took (or cropped) this image. The second thing that catched my eyes after the man is the strange psychodelic pattern on the floor, together with the angle this gives the image a slightly sureal touch.
fotonick66 (1420) 2006-11-02 16:34
fantastic shot and great story of your life (or your father'life). In the atmosphere of the image we can read all the words you've written in the note. All thecnical aspects of the photo are perfect. Thank you for sharing this peace of life!
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-11-02 16:43
sense, graphy, aesthetic.. all r perfect again..
selam from Turkiye
vapours (8264) 2006-11-02 19:29
A great followup to your recent shot of the old lady walking down the street, like your other one, this one has a lot of feeling to it and I'm forced to feel quite proud of this man. Beautiful work.
eleparc (24063) 2006-11-02 19:50
a very touching note and accompagnying photo;-) Once again you did it! there is a real mood in this one, a real sasa mood;-) bravo
canan (989) 2006-11-03 1:39
first i like the photo pretty much with the shades, lines etc. than when i read the note forgot all about the photo. i am sorry. in this point i just think that everyone shall have a daughter like you.
brevbrev14 (140) 2006-11-03 3:58
Wow Sasa, what a great homage!to your father!
this is pure Designsoul style!
the shadows, the lights, the good use of tilt!
i think this is an important shot.
aralda (1240) 2006-11-03 4:49
Quite a touching photo. I'm glad you shared it (and the note) with us.
I like the way he is positioned in the frame, as well as the reflections. And Luis is right, it's nice that you emphasize by that an element of architecture -- suited to the tribute.
bostankorkulugu (42080) 2006-11-03 13:49
He must be proud of you...his dougther is an artist, a gifted one...thanks for sharing this story and the epic shot sarolta...
Anna-- (7791) 2006-11-03 16:57
Buona serata Sig.ra Sarolta,
splendid photo for subject, lights and shadows, the superb tonality and the tilted composition
Very touching note
KevRyan (22952) 2006-11-03 19:27
Walking through these diminishing arches of light towards this dark 'internalised' area of the image - walking into memories, darker spaces to be revealed, the mist of the past - but also walking consciously through the light - an image full of meaning, stark beauty, rich tones - there is so much love and understanding generated through this image - I'm really moved by Claires comments and your photograph.
m_s_s (1687) 2006-11-03 19:48
fantastic shot. tilted composition is very innovative and truly amazing. excellent light coming through window and leaving shadow on the floor. and very interesting and bit scary person walking down the corridor. excellent.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-11-03 20:23
I am reading again and again your note. it is so beautiful that I can stop reading it. What a great man. I admire all that never gave up their convictions.
Thanks for all you have done in this post. Everything is beautiful. Your photo is paramount and I do not have words to express my feelings.
PS: straight to my favorites.
nerve (10231) 2006-11-04 2:49
you are not supposed to shoot your relatives, no? ;)
Beautiful image, a great tribute to your father imo, this is a type of image that speaks to me emotionally more than the esthetics even if its done with your excellent and usual creative designing..probably it reminds me of my father too (as a retired teacher who had difficult periods in his country)..
my warm felicitations.
starbug (6924) 2006-11-04 5:35
dear Sasa. I think and i think and i think and i can't write anything original to comment on your photo, but I suppose the reason is that this one's not about thinking, but about emotions and these are the hardest to put into words. This note is by far the most moving I've read here since..perhaps the day I joined TE.It doesn't surprise me though, each of your photographs betrays the sensitivity that is so clearly visible here. I can imgine the photo being the closing scene of an award winning-film about a person like your father, with the comment read out by a narrator who is the man's daughter, the man walking deeper and deeper into the corridor...beautiful and touching.
have a good weekend
Furachan (0) 2006-11-04 5:54
Your TILT has such elegance and intelligence behind it, it makes all other rtilts seem, well...silly ;o) Once again your stuff with unerring taste and judgement.
So old world, so old... And so much history around those walls, eh, Sasa? man, what this old man has seen in his lifetime, and I don't mean science...
Brilliant work, you keep elevating the discourse on TE and we are forever in your debt.
marknunnerley (2780) 2006-11-04 13:43
great angle here creating tension in the photo. The notes are really helpful in setting the scene here with the body language. As you say it is your father you have portrayed this expertly. Angled shot can be gimmicky but when they work with the subject they enhance it. A good exposure control under difficult lighting conditions. I feel this photograph will always mean more to you than most.
syd1946 (18663) 2006-11-04 14:02
Very nice tribute!And you choose this great moment for this.The light is ingredable,the Proffecor to right place and the diagonal composition makes the big difference for your shot!
chriswhitley (2027) 2006-11-04 15:56
Beautiful words, beautiful shot. No need to add anything else. Chris
soma (935) 2006-11-04 17:00
hi there sarolta ,
this photo is so real , i can hear his foot steps walking ...the pov u used is great plus the sepia rocks !
jinju (14265) 2006-11-05 4:19
stunning shot. I was away for the 2 days you posted this one during and missed it. Well, what can be said that hasnt been said? Cming in at this point in the game is hard:) I just want to congratulate you on pulling a fantastic shot out of your hat, faced with an ordinary situation where many wouldnt even see the possibilities.
Curioso (9271) 2006-11-05 7:05
That's a very touching note Sarolta together with a fantastic nostalgic mood in your B&W picture. For a reason I can't analyze, the tilt is adding a strong positive note to that nostalgia. Congratulations Sarolta. I'm really impressed by this simple but powerful tribute to your father.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-11-05 13:56
a great image with a touching note. Nice how you caught the man walking there.
I like the tilt and the beautiful shades of the windows.
bantonbuju (51781) 2006-11-06 1:48
this sort of photos are worth millions, at least for the people who know you, much more for the people who know you and who understand what you say in your note about those dark ages of communism and the fates of people who lived in those days their best years;
very strong image, very important, an icon in some way, to me - i could see my father in that man, if my father still were alive,
thank you dear sasa,
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-11-06 5:38
I visited TE after a long time and found excellent PP work on your last 10 works. Really excellent work. This one is the one I like the best. The placement of the character and the tilt is great.
Luan (12971) 2006-11-06 7:21
This picture reminds a me a french song...adieu monsieur le professeur, On ne vous oubliera jamais Et tout au fond de notre cœur, Ces mots sont écrits à la craie...lilailailaila....damn it's rainning now ;o)
A very nice composition, with a melancolic mood.
Like it much
Ulishna (2268) 2006-11-06 10:00
very good B&W sketch. Great light and shadows, great idea.
Polonaise (5802) 2006-11-06 17:58
It's not an easy task to comment upon such pictures, dear Sasa.
Not only your work is of an extraordinary artistic value and technical quality, but also your note...
And if that alone wouldn't be enough to make an adequate comment to the picture, here comes that incomparable Claire with her story so amazingly corresponding in the maters with yours, Sarolta.
Now, I have to 'fight' two incredible women against poor myself.
I give up.
It's 'no win' situation. What are my chances to say something smart? Am I Luko, or somethn' ?
Sasa...You're the great artist.
Claire... The world without you wouldn't be the same place.
That's what I have to say about the guy who cited Homer in Greek, and who's daughter is a priceless gem in our society.
s10001in (0) 2006-11-06 22:31
Beautiful patterns & light sasa.
A total differnt mood here.
Very well done.
a_i_ren (1315) 2006-11-07 8:30
A masterpiece!!! You have a great talent to transmit the emotions in to your images, it`s an essential thing for the photography as an art form, (not only the aesthetics), and it`s very hard to achieve.
Angelillo (9374) 2006-11-07 17:18
Even before reading the note, it's possible to see in this shot a great a beautiful history. The lonely man, in a reflexive and humble posture, talk about a long life. It's possible to see how he is calm and comfortable in this corridor. The tilt enhances the drama. It's a photo pregnant of poetry, of feelings, of life. After reading the note, it's really touching: the calm bravery of a silent hero! Really great shot, absolutely beautiful, a truly tribute to this man, to freedom and dignity. And congratulations... to him and to you. Thank you very much, Sasa.
everlasting (14676) 2006-11-08 14:35
Dear Sasa, I have missed so many posts recently but this beckoned my attention and when I started to read the note I realized I had heard the story before, your story, your father. The emotion with which you told me the story is conveyed so strongly here in this personal image. A poignnt tribute.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-11-11 12:43
You really know how to use the tilt.
You really know how to manage the light.
This picture is really a great work.
You are the professor.
Have a nice week end
klauner (1020) 2006-11-15 11:36
Je l'ai mise dans mes favoris. Que dire d'autre si ce n'est que je la trouve superbe.
nika (0) 2006-11-16 10:09
Hi Sarolta , your picture and mainly your note has touched me . You have a special instinct , skill at combining art with emotions and don t find exaggerated what Malopes commented about stamping those true flattering words . Next time i visit Hungary (me and Anette will spend some days by there next month )we won t miss to pay some visits she owes me , House of Terror ...Her family suffered the consequences of communism and the story written by you takes me to the one she told me about her Hungarian grandfather , a philanthropic scientist that despite being condemneed to lose all his propierties (both materials and intelectual ones) decided not to leave the country for some strange reasons i don t know (refusing to go/move/refugee in/to the US where he was supposed to settle and make demagoguery about theorical aspects of communism far from the battlefield , sufferings...all that enjoying warm cook without queuing and from the blackboard of a prestigious university or college taking advantage of how intelectuals like him are/were highly appreciated in non communists countries unleashing their patriotism aloud ) . Anyway i m not the right one to judge all those situations , did not suffer them , but my admiration goes to people like them . Your story has impressed me and don t have words to describe the pleasant reaction full of tenderness , cruel reality described ...in a nutshell , it is of the best i ve bumped into TE so far ...
dumanica (5071) 2007-02-03 11:11
This is realy good composition. Espacially intresting view angel and very nice shodow and light game, over the ground... I liked it. Well done. Dumanica :)
pgorod (1019) 2007-04-16 5:11
If you're currently going through your drawers of earlier pictures from Budapest, I don't see why I can't do the same (go through your earlier photos :-).
And here I find this gem that in a sense comes from a very old drawer of your childhood.
I like the way his shadow is almost not there: it is so straight and centered in the window frame's shade, that is seems to be a part of it. Like he's timeless, not self-important, taking his fair place inside the light and inside the nature of things. A visual depiction of humility, shyly moving along the wall, away from the center.
Or the perfect portrait of an architect drawn as part of the life of a building.
It's not only your father's virtues that are praiseworthy - a daughter's admiration of her father is also a virtue getting unusual these days. And what is totally unseen is the fact that someone is able to digitalize it with the press of a button...
bhardwajkapil78 (486) 2007-09-01 4:14
Its an amazing picture...
Love the play of light, shades and tones...
the tilt of camera creates great dynamism...
and also the travelling pattern of the floor and windows immensly contribute....
a great note. Am touched
great picture indeed
Preetie (433) 2007-09-01 11:12
What an inspiring note..I am going through a difficult time and maybe I can come out of it smiling too...thanks so much
The picture itself is so beautigul..lovely play of light and awesome textures..
Thank you my friend...and God bless your Dad!
Thanks for sharing
mpdre (1611) 2007-09-04 21:32
Knowing that you are leaving to Hungary soon, I could not repress myself of commenting on this exquisite image. What an incredible tribute to your father... This poetic image tells us the story... You have tilted that building and opened windows on the floor of that corridor so that the light (before darkness) can finally penetrate and illuminate his path... Marvellous and touching image...
Enjoy your trip to Hungary! We will talk at your return.
daddo (24406) 2007-10-02 16:42
Hi Sarlota. With serendipity on my side, I discovered you superb photos of the Old World. Elegant, moving, sensitive. And this one caught my eye because of the original PoV, the light and shadows creating patterns and because of the mood that permeates. And then with great interest, I read your note, until I came to the words My father. And he became my father and all the fathers who suffered and continue to suffer under regimes and petty despots. All those fathers who kept a light burning at the end of the darkest tunnels, who left their native lands with great sorrow and great hope. Yours is a tribute to all such fathers, mine included. Regards. Klaudio.
mite (153) 2008-04-27 10:32
I like the pattern of the light thru the windows and the b/w techique is a great choice. Nice POV.
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