This image was taken whilst wandering around at the Museu Blau in Barcelona.
I called it realism because:
Realism was a school of art that characterized the thinking of artists in the 1830s to 1850s. Such artists tended to work 'en plein air' (in the open air). It attempted to depict the everyday activities of ordinary people as does this photograph.
One could argue that it is this thinking that even today is implicit within many of the photographs and is the "ethos" of many of the photographers on TE. Clearly then, a somewhat dated mode of thought, that's for sure!
The world has changed and photography as an art form changes every day with new technologies for image taking and making.
Time to reflect on where to make a splash next.
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jhm (142067) 2014-06-16 3:56
Your picture is really realism with the little girl with both feet in the water puddle
You reflection are very well taken with the green trees together.
A lovely composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
rbassin (19197) 2014-06-16 4:22
c'est une belle photo, une scène simple d'un bon moment passé à jouer avec la flaque d'eau.
Un bon reflet, c'est bien vu!
cornejo (34088) 2014-06-16 5:17
Hi Michael, very good view of this interesting scene of daily life, with interesting reflection in the puddle. Very well captured with a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
danos (88923) 2014-06-16 5:31
nice the view of the young boy as walk in the pond with the ceated reflections to makes the image even moe effective.
The presentation of the boy thee adds life in the image.
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-06-16 6:22
Hello Mike - Do I detect a little dissatisfaction with the work posted here on TE and the lack of appreciation for the 'creative'? Don't forget the 'raison d'etre' of the site is to learn about the world we live in and there are other sites that are a platform for more creative work.
I think that realism, as you describe, will always have a place in photography... think reportage, book illustration, etc. The technicalities will change but there is a difference between creative 'art' photography and that used as a vehicle for documentary work although I agree that the lines are not fixed and there is some cross-over.
Much like some of us enjoy certain movements in art so it is with photography. Think of those artists who through the ages walked a new and solitary path and became the subject of derision by the establishment, only to be appreciated and followed at a later stage.
Now after that long comment to the shot.... Your pp works lets this one down, there is a area of lightness around the figure, which I think is an area of burning which has spilled across during brushing. Otherwise a pleasant shot ... still think your architectural stuff is your forte.
emilbo (22616) 2014-06-16 7:07
Ah!… les enfants, s'il y a une mare d'eau, il faut qu'il mettre les pieds dedans. C'est vrai que c'était la même chose quand nous étions petits. Excellente photo bien composée et merveilleux reflets.
Tous mes compliments,
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2014-06-16 11:48
A beauty of a reflection, and a fine example of realism too, a term I have just learned from your note :)
I like the idea of the form, but for some reason its not something I really explore too much. I think one of the negatives of being irish is that I have a bit of a maudlin nature, and whenever I focus on real daily life, I seem to get drawn towards the darker, more depressing side and that just puts everybody on a downer. Even if I look at my own gallery and check some of the images that relate to news of the time, it all seems to rotate around death, famine, torture, maltreatment, homelessness and coppuption. Maybe its because Ireland has a horrible history, or maybe I'm just naturally drawn to that element of life whether I like it or not, but I find I will smile more to shoot a fine old building that I will a sad subject of reality and for me, photography is about the enjoyment. When I shoot reality, I am only one step away from having each of the four horsemen of the apocalypse as settings on my camera.
On the other hand, if I could take a shot as full of life and youthful energy as this, I would probably feel a lot different about it. I guess its with practice that shooting a scene like this will come.
Great shot, and a I really appreciate your note.
all the best.
batalay (36151) 2014-06-16 14:22
I like the photo very much with the helmeted child, frolicking at the edge of pool of water. The reflections in the pristine water create two photos for the price of one. Moreover, your note is thoughtful and most certainly worth reading.
carlo62 (36247) 2014-06-16 15:48
trovo la foto molto bella, il movimento del bambino è splendido e l'effetto è amplificato dal riflesso.
Ho seguito anche la discussione con Rosemary, spesso non è facile capire dove arrivano i confini tra ciò che questo sito ci dice di postare e le foto che effettivamente ci vengono postate.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-06-17 3:48
I think we had at least as much fun taking pictures there as this boy playing in the puddle:)
It captures and convey so well childern´s attitude-joyful and without any concerns.
PS.I went into B&W with selective color in my shot of this boy(left only red color)
lousat (79962) 2014-06-17 7:21
Hi Michael,a very nice and interesting thing the use of this particular pic to remind the realism school,and in effect you have raison,great idea and great perspective,nothing is common in your gallery and this a new magic example! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-06-30 11:24
Interesting to talk about realism when there's also a side of impressionistic reflection in this one, but I like the challenge of the note here and I like the image you've chosen to relate it. I wonder how much of your reaction is colored by the circumstances of the photo? A break in the pattern of what you were shooting already that day, with the girl and her puddle?
No matter - you do realism proud here anticipating her action and catching it at the moment of impact, small-scale reportage and a very small moment brought to vivid life. Thanks!
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7512)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-16 3:35