Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.
Sarolta’s photography is all about sensibility. The deep emotional response that is always contained in her pictures is so intense that usually I have to spend more that the regular dozen of minutes to read every bit of her posts. Sometimes, I get so immersed in her photos that I find myself looking at them for an entire half of an hour before even trying to make a single comment. And when this happens, the resulting critique I can produce is no more that a derailed train of words that tend to fail to describe the mix of emotions these studies normally leave me in.
Her photography is also a constant source of amazement. What she can do with that Nikon and a single kit lens is a lesson for those of we who keep filling our bags with toys at the excuse of "this is what I lack to take better pictures". Her photography is the ultimate proof that it is the photographer that makes the picture and not the kit that records the world. And that’s just a sign why she is so unique… The designer way of composing, the incredible cultural references, the sensitive approach to people and its surrounding world and the imaginative way how she captures daily life are some of the reasons why I consider Sasa one of the best photographers know to me.
This photo I am offering her is by no means an attempt to mimic her outstanding work. The reason is simple: individual sensibility is just impossible to impersonate. This is just my personal tribute to her walks through Otawa’s parks; places that produce photos I always remember with care.
So thanks my dear for being that persistent spring of light and amazement. Your perceptive read of this world has thought me a lot in these last months and I bet it will keep on making me smile and wonder. Your positive way of thinking and the belief you convey though your words are the proof that miracles do happen everyday. I will wait then for the blissful blow that comes from the other side of the Atlantic, even if it usually comes when Lisbon is preparing to sleep. Happy dreaming! :)
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mlopes (494) 2006-11-13 7:04
I guess you're right, i'm one of Sasa's fans (not the kind of fan that you hang on the ceiling :P) ... and her work is all about sensibility. I don't spend 30 minutes watching each photo because I DO WORK!!! ;) but i do spend lots of time watching every (almost hidden) details of her photos.
About your photo it's quite good, first because it's dificult to be creative in such an photographed place, and i guess photography it's all about beeing creative, dare our own way to see things!
Yesterday i've bought B&W magazine and there is a very cool statment about photography:
Photography is a school were you are teached to see the world without a camera :)))) and i guess it's true, we don't see the world in the same way anymore, even when we are nude without our gear.
PS: waiting for the sms :))))
Isab (865) 2006-11-13 7:06
Le cadrage et l'angle sont originales.
Les tours derrières sont étranges et intéressantes.
Bonne utilisation du noir et blanc.
ohe (2334) 2006-11-13 7:17
Very nice composition.
Tilt and B&W choice work very well.
Thanks for sharing,
- Olivier -
pgorod (1019) 2006-11-13 7:33
She deserves the tribute.
In your photo, I really like the baby looking out of that little basket...
Floydian (30970) 2006-11-13 7:36
A more then excellent tribute to Sasa. The way you composed this and using the colour toning is almost an exact copy of her work, and that is a big compliment. Another proof that you control many diciplines in the work of photography.
Really a great shot my friend...perfect work..!!!
klauner (1020) 2006-11-13 7:38
Formidable photo. J'aime la composition qui donne du mouvement au vélo même si je pense que la cycliste ne roule pas très vite.
falves (1405) 2006-11-13 7:51
Tenho estado para aqui a pensar se haveria de comentar esta foto. Não existem palavras suficientemente fortes para descrever não só esta composição, mas também o teu trabalho. Além de nos apresentares obras de arte com uma qualidade impressionante, tens uma flexibilidade e uma criatividade que muitos de nós (eu garantidamente) gostariam de ter enquanto fotógrafos. Mas é para isso que uso o TE. Para aprender.
Quanto à homenagem, prestas aqui um excelente tributo a um dos meus autores favoritos aqui do TE.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-11-13 7:52
Very great tribute to one of the best photographer's around TE.
Very good image, it seemed as if you planend it or waited quite a while so that you could get every detail perfectly, beautiful backdrop with the modern architecture.
I find that the tilt helps to dynamize the photo plus gives us the imrpession that the lady is getting closer and closer,
starbug (6924) 2006-11-13 8:14
hi Luis, - I had absolutely no doubt it was a tribute to Sasa when I saw the thubnail.the characteristic tonation and gentle tilt, and the gift of seeing simple scenes around us...without the need to imitate, for you created something of your own here, you made a good attempt at analyzing what it is about her photos that appeals to us - your note defines that so well.since, emotionally speaking, Sasa's photographs are probably closest to me of all TE members (as great as they are too)I could not fail to add my own words of appreciation for her images and say how inspiring they are.
bantonbuju (51767) 2006-11-13 8:26
...oe of the most difficult photogs to copy/imitate, imho;
but you did really well here, starting off with the tilt, through the tonalty (early sasa's works tone of sepia);
quite an interesting tribute to our hungarian friend :-))
aralda (1240) 2006-11-13 8:34
Your note is a sensitive tribute to a sensitive photographer.
Your photo is more rational, with those cold lines in the railing and the architecture in the back, but that kid and the sky add a bit of poetry, the kind that's found in your photos of Portuguese villages or landscapes.
miuky (3335) 2006-11-13 9:05
Great note and exellent POV, i like the pending here, the kind of sepia is perfect...I like it a lot
sleon (9402) 2006-11-13 10:10
What a great idea, this series! As for the shot, it is well suited to this nicely toned monochrome - full of punchy and dramatic contrast with plenty of dymnamism thanks to the tilt. A fitting tribute to Sasa.
pasternak (15177) 2006-11-13 10:35
Yes, Luis, I totally with you in admiration of Sasa's work, it ia always a pure delight seeing her photos and reading her notes. I think tonality and tilt are two things that make this picture a "recognizable" tribute to her work, and your picture is really beautiful and technically very good, although I must confess I'm lacking the real contents, drama here... (not that I have it in my work...;)
Kristo (543) 2006-11-13 11:37
Timming perfeito a juntar a um olhar "Clinico" Perfeito...gostei bastante desta Foto, da mamã a puxar a filha no carro de apoio, dos reflexos e do pano de fundo lindissimo que é o Parque das Nações...e até mesmo da inclinação :-)
Photo65Net (43120) 2006-11-13 14:08
Pleasant tilt, nice subject, and perfect BW PP : a great one !
These towers are very original.
xavshot (69835) 2006-11-13 14:46
on ne peut que s'incliner devant une telle classe ! Bravo pour cet exercice que tu nous fais depuis quelques semaines : c'est très difficile mais tu passes toujours avec beaucoup d'aisance ces épreuves de cette série "Usual Suspect". Une très belle photo et un n&b impeccable
AmiBe (6042) 2006-11-13 15:17
I join you to the Sasa fan club :)
One of my fav on this site, surely in the top 3.
I specially agree what you say about the material she use. She doesn't need professional relfex and lens to produce professional pictures.
That said, your picture is really good.
Excellent tilt to make a good diag which divide the picture in two parts.
Excellent work and serie.
cherryripe (21033) 2006-11-13 15:50
A well chosen photo for this tribute. The position of the lady on her bike with the kid, the tilt, those buildings at the back etc are so dynamic. The B&W accentuates the effet. I would have just cropped out the bottom to leave out the little shadow.
designsoul (21492) 2006-11-13 21:48
My dear Luis,
I am speechless.
back to commenting... It is late Monday evening and I haven't had time to TE today at all; now that I have been looking at some pictures I found your thumbnail and it gave me a very pleasant sense of deja vu... as if... but no, it is not Ottawa, it is not Budapest... -- it is Lisboa, and what a wonderful tilt, lovely quality... that definition, the tones, the wonderful Portuguese sky you always seem to include with all its moody clouds, rain or shine; and then, only then would I see the title... and am really, really moved. Saying obrigado would not express anything close to how I feel. You have given to me far more than I deserve to receive here, especially from someone whose skill is superior to me and my playful obsession with my Nikon kit lens and all; to this playful, beautiful shot, you have so gently and kindly and I know with deep sincerity added the most beautiful words I have ever seen written on anything I have done in my life. I am absolutely shocked and feel I better shut up; I don't really know how to express to you, Luis, my words of gratitude. Obrigado, dear friend. Am really moved. Thanks for giving me such a beautiful present in your gallery of Usual Suspects.
Good night from rainy Ottawa,
andante (7092) 2006-11-13 22:54
I'm blown away by your honesty and declaration of admiration to one of the true artists here at TE. And, of course, your image pays homage to her on every pixel. I'd like to add myself to the Sasa's fan club.
mzmehr (918) 2006-11-14 4:07
I agree your note here.
very nice shot, framing and position of woman against ship shows that woman is faster than the ship:)
brevbrev14 (140) 2006-11-14 10:18
Hi Luis, a great homage to one of my best friend in TE and a wonderful person!i agree with you about your words and note!
the shot is a great homage!
KevRyan (22952) 2006-11-14 17:54
A beautiful accolade to one of my favourite (artists) photographers too .....not any old photographer but a photographer as you say with insight and sensitivity and great skill......your image is however very much yours and you are also someone i admire greatly...not just for the photographs but also your sensibilities and insights into photography and photographers...this image brings me to a mindful return to a meeting I was at today in the english city of Lincoln......I reminded the meeting of a phrase i first heard used at a conference in Belfast a few years ago .......'Planners Make Spaces but People Make Places'.....this juxtaposition of such a homely unique human presence against the investment millions of the brave new world of architecture behind just illustrates this need for such balance in the development of human environments........
best wishes Kev
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-11-15 2:12
Tenho andado ocupado desde que cheguei a casa, e quase não tenho tido tempo para o TE. Esta ia escapando mas felizmente que hoje posso aqui estar. Gosto muito. Está linda, com uma conversão a P&B que eu ainda não consigo nem chegar aos calcanhares. Mas enfim, continuarei a tentar. Mas, o que mais me impressionou foi a nota. Não podia ser melhor sobre o trabalho da Sasa. Eu também a admiro muito. Parabéns por tudo o que nos mostras hoje.
Furachan (0) 2006-11-15 7:38
That is just a brilliant tribute to the Great Sasa we all admire! Man, you NAILED this one - again the fascinating thing is that it is very much her style but not a hoto she would have taken, thereby making it a Luis photo but with a Sasa feel.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-12-14 8:04
I like the whole series "unusual suspects", and this one is really well done! really like Sarolta´s monochrome photos, full of atmosphere, I like this very much!
take care, Ivana
teutza (10590) 2007-10-29 8:21
yes..she is one of my favorites..and u've chosen another great shot to represent her..
with all the images from this theme i just have to say you are a great artist ..and a magnific photographer to combine all those styles!!!
broglia (3598) 2007-10-29 13:42
The tilt says it all Luis! No mistaking who this was for either. Your words were well received too, I can almost see the lump in her throat. This series is also a tribute to your powers of observation - the little nuances that distinguish one photographer from another - a real talent indeed. Best regards, Roberto
Flavia (10352) 2009-02-02 3:16
Me deleitei com o tema criado em homenagem aos grandes fotografos de TE. Uma bela homenagem capaz de colocar em evidencia os talentos de cada uma destas estrelas. Cada uma de suas notas sobre eles e uma aula em si de fotografia e estilo. Sobretudo pudemos apreciar a sua versatilidade. Impressionante como voce captou a alma do trabalho de cada um dos seus homenageados. Esta homenagem a Sarolta e impressionante, a tematica e os tons do B&W que sao tao caracteristicos no trabalho dela foram perfeitamente capturados. Obrigado por este presente maravilhoso que voce da a todos os membros do site.
- Copyright: Luis Afonso (luisafonso) (862)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-11-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Usual Suspects, Sasa's Favourites, 100-200 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-13 6:54
- Favorites: 1 [view]