Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (18354)
Date Taken: 2007-09
Theme(s): Bwiti la veut !, Working people [view contributor(s)]
Original date submitted: 2007-10-31 5:40
Favorites: 5 [view]
To designsoul: Will Sasa do it...??? Polonaise 1 11-03 21:23
To bombilla: Back to the darkness, soot and ash Polonaise 2 11-01 08:21
To Furachan: we'll have to deal with Nygus, Polonaise 2 11-01 07:24
To cam: You said it, the truth.... Polonaise 2 11-01 04:19
To oochappan: Sin city (:-)))) Polonaise 2 11-01 02:48
To PJE: People ask me today if welding is fun..? Polonaise 2 10-31 20:16
To lestans: a picture goes deep into my heart Polonaise 1 10-31 20:01
To melmcree: they are just as much of an artist as a photog Polonaise 1 10-31 20:00
To Clairedelune: Hi Claire PJE 2 10-31 19:46
To Paul65: Bardzo tajemnicza praca Polonaise 1 10-31 12:38
To jasmis: Telepathy...? Polonaise 2 10-31 12:13
Originally posted critiques:
The strong dark, the strong b&w attracted my eyes... great compo and point of view. Excellent details also.
Superbe ! Absolument superbe ! Il y a du mystère dans celle-ci... que fait cet homme ? qui est-il ? J'aime que ces questions restent en suspend... C'est une photo qui te ressemble car ne pigeant presque rien à l'anglais tu restes pour moi un merveilleux mystère... A plus....
Bardzo ciekawe podejście do tematu. Podoba mi się to, że nie jest to zdjęcie z gatunku oczywistych, trzeba dojrzeć o co tu chodzi i odnaleźć motyw przewodni.
I to mi się najbardziej podoba.
Brak iskier od spawania wydłuża te chwilę, w której dochodzi się do wniosku, ze to właśnie spawacz. Potem czytam opis i już wszystko jasne.
Mężczyznaw pracy - symbol
Ah! inspiration for future series: men at work. I'm sure that the print version most be more dramatic. Cheers, my friend,
Blinded by the light . . . the demiurge glimpses the sun for a moment and it is too much. Back to the darkness, soot and ash. The lair of real creatures, the domain of flesh and blood.
Social realism from the Polish exile? Or just a primal love of dirt and sweat?
Well, what's the difference. Just listen to the buzz of the contacts, and smell the burning solder in the air.
Hasta la fuego, George.
impressionist photo.... strong dark, strange attitude...direct in hearth.... superb really,
Imponuj±ce zdjêcie, naprawdê d³ugo nale¿y na niego patrzeæ, a im d³u¿ej na niego patrzymy tym ciekawsze siê on robi.
Bardzo tajemnicza praca, gdyby nie B&W zdjêcie mog³o by byæ nieciekaw± szarobur± plam±.
You are too strong!
Such a picture goes deep into my heart
Thank you dear!
this is one of those shots that distinguish a real master from the others...
I love the note. Sorry to start with that, George, but it is such a Grabarczykesque (or should I say Bukowskiesque) statement? Indeed. No bullsh8t. I feel with that statement. What there is, is the hard work, the reality of this man. The fire, the metal. Superb work, no bulls9t. Just grit, grit, sweat, fire, and working hands.
That is its mystery, Master George.
You picked the perfect colors to present a welder that's for sure. I've done a bit of welding in the past and I can tell you they are just as much of an artist as a photographer.
Who said that portraits are out ? Inspirational on the edge of light, well done George. I wonder if this can be done in colors too(Sin city), not that evident.
Ahh working with melted steel to bond two pieces of metal together so the end result is a stronger bond than the steel itself. Been there and done it for a number of years. The cap is on backwards to avoid hot burning flux from dropping down his back. That shirt is designated for this task alone. I am sure he keeps it at work in his locker and I know exactly what it smells like.
I recall once working in a copper mine where I was to weld some metal together standing on a step ladder 12 feet off the muddy wet floor where every time I put a welding rod into the stinger I got a shock, so the welding gloves were put on backwards to prevent the surprise. Before me is a leak in a pipe with water sludge dropping to the floor. I was to weld the leak together with the copper sludge falling in front of me.
Then while welding overhead in the hot summer heat I could only wear one layer of clothing which was my welding coveralls. All of a sudden a molten ball of hot metal dropped inside my chest and pursued a private area below my belt while I was trying to avoid falling off the ladder!!!!
People ask me today if welding is fun. Oh it sure is...and I have lots of stories like that to prove it! Nice one George!
Well Georges, I know that we both went to Peru, but I wondered why YOU went, as we have not seen the same thing, and you were not the usual tourist there. Should I be surprised, no, your notes should have given me ample warning.
As I went up in the mountains, you went underground....You are a long way from Lima!
You said it, the truth....
A welder, nothing else, the pure truth.
Just hope thisguy is not the nervous kind, when someone creeps on him from the back.
Happy Halloween Georges.
Amazing photo, very strong... What I really enjoy here are multiple things: your presentation is simple but down to the facts, your closeness to the subject is so hyperbolic that we can almost hear his heart beat, your light treatment is perfect to understand the context while participating of the intimacy of the moment.
I really admire your capacity to get so close to people. Only someone that combines curiosity and passion for life can get this type of raw images.
this time "no impressive face" directly as we used to see..but this time "something" more deep...
no need more words..
Yes, a strong picture, no question. Powerful, primordial, all that.
With your deliberately short, curt, minimalist note and the force of your framing here I can't help feeling, George-san, that you are trying to "porve" something here. Look, I have eyes, i can read exchanges as well as the next man (hell, I WRITE some of this nonsense myself!).
I want to say to you: there is room for all of us here. We contribute visually in different ways - it is nt, absolutely NOT about who is "better", cause Sohrab can wipe the floor with all of us, buddy, you KNW that's true. And when he's done, we'll have to deal with Nygus, LOL!
But the rest of us who genuinely approach photography with passion, well, there is room for us, and we should take that as a starting point.
Damn fine picture, Polish George! God stuff indeed.
Francis, island boy ;o)
This is indeed a very dramatic photo, very realistic in its post processing.. something in the vein of Sorhab, who likes the dark contrasts... As you said in your note: No that's no bullshit!
An art made out of the harsh reality... an ordinary welder looks like Hephaestus, never mind the shirt...
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zeynepe (0) 2009-01-05 6:59
That little bit of light on his shoulder makes the shot.The darkness also covered his fear.
A real-life story from a Master...
I always learn a lot of things from you.
broglia (3598) 2009-01-05 7:41
Hey George, what's with the "bullcrap" - have they installed a "bullshit" filter or something! I remember this shot very well - but my memory seems to think it was flipped the other way before. Or am I going crazy? Please let me know.
Stunning George, the tones, the textures. No fear of the dark here - no bullshit indeed. Straight to the heart. Marvelous. Best regards, Roberto"
jasmis (57824) 2009-01-05 9:27
Wtedy: The truth. The photo. The man. The ideal. Polonaise.
What to add?
tomescuc (3291) 2009-01-05 9:51
This one is special, George. For all the reasons mentioned already. Raw, primordial, take no prisoners kind of photography.
ninaL (21348) 2009-01-05 10:04
Nadal potwierdzasz, ze jescze mozesz...zdjecia robic !!!
Doskonala, tajemnicza kompozycja.
Jest w tym zdjeciu cos dzikiego, zwierzecego...
No to caluski po raz drugi za to samo...G.
Gessle (70) 2009-01-05 12:25
Wiesz co, patrzyłam na to zdjęcie nie czytając notki.
Patrzyłam i patrzyłam.
I wiesz co zobaczyłam?
Dziwne, zobaczyłam Chrystusa, tyłem z wtłoczoną na głowe koroną z cierni i to dziwne światlo...
Strasznie to dziwne. Nie miewam takich...nawiedzonych skojarzeń...
Strasznie to dziwne...
Pozdrawiam Cię serdeczniej niż serdecznie.
pabau (488) 2009-01-05 13:15
I feel the qualities of your photography in perfect accord with the person : hard but precise work in a contrasting but also nuanced black and white ; the worker proteging himself and us from the light.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2009-01-05 17:21
two interesting areas, the contrast hand/light, the texture of the cloth
the central dark area is not nuanced (let it be), attractive (for me), understandable (or I understand there is a visible selection that don't correspond to anything I could understand). I've seen other welder in B&W photos, this is one of the darkest, but (of course?) with a recognizable style of processing. in some way this processing is probably making (contributing to) this good stuff, good for the one who watch it for a moment in my case (but there is that "selection" default... or am I wrong?)
Clairedelune (4923) 2009-01-05 18:26
Many times I have taken the time today to look at this photo.
And I have tried to understand.
Each time I look at this photo, I am moved so deep. I've got a lump in my throat...
And I don't understand why.
I try to reason myself. Claire! Come on! He is a welder doing his job! To no avail. It doesn't work. The emotion is still there.
And I don't understand.
And I pray the gods
To continue to be touched.
To never understand...
noborders (1010) 2009-01-06 11:18
It's really a splendid photo. Even without a face, we have here the idea of the work, B&W is dirty and splendid, the light so beautiful... Amazing !
polter (7239) 2009-01-06 13:02
Psia kość ! Co piksel zgrzytam zębami z zazdrości ;)). Ta koszulka w dziury cała, ta czapka odwrócona do tyłu, ta ręka dzierżąca osłonę... Jeśli jego robota równa jest jakości Twojego zdjęcia... :))) Że nie wspomnę, że jest coś cholernie fascynującego w tym hefajstosowym akcie spawania. A tu jest nam dane zajrzeć facetowi przez ramię... Psia kość !
Też same widzi sprzęty, też same obicia,
Z któremi się zabawiać lubił od powicia;
Lecz mniej wielkie rozmiarem* niż się dawniej zdały. ;))
*to zdjęcie jakoś mi wiekszym formatem w pamięć wrosło. A może to wyobraźnia je powiększyła, może jego wielkość się w pamięci dosłownie na rozmiar przełożyła ;))) Musiało trochę potrwać, zanim zaakceptowałam, że ono nie było 800x800 ;)))
chris04stop (6795) 2009-01-06 16:40
George? This photo is terrible, because SO wonderful. This pic really is a fist in our faces. And you..and you? Oh, SO a great, wonderful artist!
kdialyna (3148) 2009-01-07 5:01
POWER. A sticky, full of sweat and man's power, photo.
And close, very close. So much close, that I have his smell in my nose.
- Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (5802)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-09-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Ftb, Canon 24mm f/2.8, Kodak 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Dirty and grainy, People of work [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 6:35