last week, almost by accident, I found myself in Irish Arts Center of New York, were Pat Kinevane was performing in his one-man play "Forgotten". the play has elements of Kabuki, a traditional Japanese theatrical art form, and tells a story of four elderly people, who at one point in their lifes were connected - the maid, her lover, the daughter of the estate owner... they all are between 80 and 100 now, and live in nursing homes (if you want to read a short review, look here).
the underlying question of the play is simple - why are we celebrating the beginning of life, while the end of life is usually seen as something to avoid talking about? why there are so many elderly people who are alone and lonely? I found these lines of the play particularly powerful:
Gustus: To look at me now...Y'ed never think I was once
Gustus: To look at me now...
Eucharia: Y'ed never think I was once...
Flor: See 'ou in three!
Dora: With my whole life...
Flor: Spread out in front of me...
Eucharia: Like... like...
Gustus: A beauteous meal...
Dora: But now.
Eucharia: Most of the time...
Gustus: These days...
Dora: I feel...
Eucharia: I'm feeling...
Gustus: Forgotten... And I'm not even...
A baby cries. The door slams shut.
RAW, ISO 400, 30mm focal length, spot metering.
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macjake (67806) 2010-03-10 7:00
a little step closer to your 200th!
a true portrait, with elegant lighting highlighting her face and hair.
Bartleby (13552) 2010-03-10 7:26
interesting portrait. The peculiar lighting clearly adds atmosphere.
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-03-10 7:41
Superb portrait. Very great details and fine linings. The use of light is very good. Real learning and inspirational picture for me as these days I am experimenting on portraits.
Thanks very much for Sharing
Longroute (19396) 2010-03-10 8:07
No doubt a beautiful and masterful portrait. The title well underlines the essence and best feature of this photo: the light... yet a decaying life. I have a sort of feeling: we become the mirror of our inner and outer life. All the good and bad things of our life is written in this book which we call face. Wrinkles don't matter. I know elderly people who are still shining in their old age even better then in their youth, while others have been crushed by sad events...
Your photo, however bright and colourful, conveys the sadness of a hard life.
daddo (26788) 2010-03-10 15:02
Hi Kristine. powerful shot. reminds me of the old daguerreotype photos of Amerindians that had so much character and respect for their subject. of course yours is from a different millennium, in colour and under a special theme, but it is no less powerful. regards. Klaudio.
batalay (38821) 2010-03-11 0:03
This is a remarkable portrait, as incisive as any I've seen among the photos of Trekearth. The position of he head, the piercing eyes, the colors and textures of her clothes, and the ink black background. It could not be any better.
Warm regards, Kristine.
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2010-03-11 9:25
Good use of available light, something that i did recently and composed a portrait..dont think you've seen it..
Interesting read in the note :) - you make time for plays too !
Why dont you share the simplest scenes that make the small stories ? - or should i assume you dont quite feel it with the daily life stuff ? - i know how it is, i am on the same road !
bukitgolfb301 (41864) 2010-03-12 14:25
Hello my dear Kristine
This is another great supper shot indeed.
Nice composition/background, light management, sharp/clear description in the detail and meravelous vivid color as usual.
This is the best one among your recent submissions.
You did a great job again indeed!
Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.
belido (19934) 2010-03-13 6:15
I don't that sense for portraits...so It's good to see some of who knows how to do it. A beautiful play with the highlight and shadow, also a good exposure management. Well, those are the technical qualities but what I like here is the way you composed. Well done!
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2010-03-14 20:08
Hi, Kristine -
That's a powerful portrait! Very expressive and well posed. I would tone down some of the light under her left eye, is all.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-03-15 1:06
Un remarquable portrait, très expressif. La lumière est peut-être un peu forte sous l'il gauche mais elle donne un caractère plus "dramatique" au visage.
Sistercosmo (242) 2010-03-17 16:17
a wonderful portrait and indeed, a powerful note! Yes, our society places so much value on youth, instead of valuing wisdom...
Lovely light on this woman who I'm sure has a lot to share with the young!
- Copyright: Kristine KL (avene) (12675)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-200 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR
- Exposure: f/5.3, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Marker Square [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-10 6:43