If you walk through the Old Town of Edinburgh or, more importantly, down the city's "Royal Mile" during the month of August when the "Edinburgh International Festival" is in full swing, you will be greeted and approached by many groups of young actors, artists and others trying to encourage you to visit many of the theatre productions of the "Edinburgh Fringe", the largest arts festival in the world.
Here in the street I spied a group of young artists who were promoting a play, "The Scarlet Letter and Other Betrayals" which, I suspect, was a rather intense and macabre production - I'm adding the official notes about this play and a couple of notes from critics:
"In Salem the woods are deep, dim and dangerous. The Black Man walks the woods at night - so do lovers. Hester Prynne has beauty, courage, a husband absent for two years, newborn child. Who among the God-fearing men of the Puritans is her lover? Who among the righteous shares her adultery? Hester is not saying. Tongues are wagging. Accused, convicted she stands alone on the scaffold branded with the scarlet letter... A for adultery. And so the story begins."
‘Vibrant ... beautifully realised theatre’ (Scotsman).
‘Must-see show of the Festival’ (BBC Scotland).
I tried my best to "home in" on these two girls (both of whom bear the letter "A" on their chests), one with a noose around her neck, as they were the most remarkable of this little group. There were crowds of people around which enforced quite rigorous cropping of the image too.
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macjake (69815) 2013-09-25 17:24
I think its very cool that you surprise us with these types of photo every now and again.
It keeps us on our toes, not knowing what you're going to post - I could certainly learn from that and file it into the ol' memory banks.
you mentioned about the 'rigorous' cropping, heck, I love it! Its great to zoom in on the two women like this. Think of the photo if it were pulled back - it would have only a HINT of the same visual PUNCH.
This compo/cut makes for a huge impact, and grabs our attention immediately, all the while evoking strange thoughts and many questions...its great!
you do well with these...
see you around
Nicou (145224) 2013-09-25 19:56
Quels portraits et scène sueprbe vue et iamge de ces deux personnages une qui a pleurée en rouge l'autre qui la soutien quelle scène et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-25 22:10
Une photo de grande qualité de ces deux artistes et qui aurait une place de choix dans leurs books! Très belle qualité d'image.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-09-25 23:22
I love the tight crop here John, it really centres on what's important in the shot. The relationship between the two is strongly conveyed with the eyes and the direction of the gaze from the LH female creating tension and forcing the viewer's eyes to follow the same path. You chose a fabulous subject colour-wise; with the brights reds, blacks and whites strongly contrasting with each other but with a superb overall balance. I am impressed too by the beautiful light on the black woman's face and body, her skin tones are superb.
This is a top drawer shot, finely managed throughout. I wish it were mine!
Warm regards rosemary
emka (100907) 2013-09-25 23:23
Hi John, Splendid double portrait of these artists. Very impressive scene, with big impact. This rigorous cropping works here perfectly. Superb colours and composition. It must be great fun to be there during this famous festival. And what a sharpness, we can see every hair of the blond girl.
I am back home, preparing for my next excursion:).
annjackman (21899) 2013-09-26 4:43
What an incredible image full of raw emotion, great colour and a suitably out of focus BG. The tight crop makes it even more dramatic.
The high quality really stands out even though you did rigorously crop it.
Amazing what you can find in Edinburgh!
Best wishes, Ann
Noel_Byrne (32108) 2013-09-26 4:55
You certainly caught the drama of this moment, and I could not see from the thumbnail the noose around the girls neck. Wow, intense scene, and their faces are filled with really well played emotion. Excellent work in capturing this intense scene, especially as you say as there were so may people around.
All the best
lousat (93684) 2013-09-26 8:44
Hi John,a beautiful capture from the summer festival,i been there 22 years ago and i remember the life,the lot of things to see and the magic sound of bigpipea everywhere,magnificent idea for a beautiful scene,and spectacular details and colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
romanaa (7984) 2013-09-26 11:46
very strong atmosphere and most of all I love your crop that gives maximum emphasise to the facial expressions. Wonderful contrast and light handling. Well done.
I have read The Scarlet Letter while my studies. A great reminder.
Royaldevon (40336) 2013-09-26 12:37
My goodness, John, I didn't realise just how wild it was in Scotland! Vigilante law!
A great shot, beautifully composed with the ladies' eyes strongly placed in frame for maximum effect.
Good use of narrow dof so that the faces are sharp against the oof b/g, whilst the colours are well saturated - even vibrant!
I would be careful!
You have excellent photographic evidence of the perpetrator. She may search you out for vengeance!
My warm regards,
mjw364 (1402) 2013-09-27 3:15
Now that's a cracker, John.
You have captured the drama of the moment in the look of their faces and focused entirely on them - so well exposed and you filled the frame which adds to the conveyance of the emotional tension between the two actresses.
rbassin (23417) 2013-09-27 3:23
Excellent, une superbe photo de scène de rue se déroulant à Edinbourg.
bayno (18344) 2013-09-28 0:04
disquieting image, partly because the actress with the noose around his neck recitation really well, I hope not to have bad dreams tonight ;), the details are beautiful and the colors very well rendered, very good cut, great job...
Have a good WE...
mesutilgim (95834) 2013-09-28 9:07
Something quite differet in your gallery ! Perfect capture of those Street artist, allthough it's not much appealing.
Very good pov and perfect light management.
TFS and have a nice weekend
CLODO (34928) 2013-09-29 1:52
A good close report, taken at the peak moment. The faces are "speaking" and we feel their power.
Very good crop, with no other person in the background, which is a must in this opportunity!
delpeoples (58836) 2013-10-06 13:42
Ciao caro Giovanni
What a composition, so quirky and so well-framed. I love the dramatic look on these gorgeous ladies' faces, the colours are beautiful and vivid and I love the running make up. This is a very different type of photo for your Gallery, it's really "up close and personal" - you're very brave, I'd never have had the guts to get this close. Great job.
ourania (47844) 2013-10-23 12:33
the expressions, the postures, the smudged make up and the scarlet colour (and the rope, of course) create a most dramatic and unsettling but captivating scene which you have exalted with your apt tight framing and fine light and contrast management. I'm sure the actors and producers of the performance would be very happy to see this photo and use it for the promotion of their work. Superb capture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25936)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-14
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-25 17:04