sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-22 13:03
Would have preferred this anywhere around the frame, centre not working for me, but to catch beautiful girl in hijab without intruding into her physical space is a job well done..you have managed to remain invisible in this one too..
its all about arranging the elements in the rectangle - sergio larrain.
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-22 13:01
i thought this was the cliched concept of partial desat, and i am so so happy it is not. a similar mood, i love the presence of the man with the his shirt open, probably to beat the heat. this could very well be the scene of an old chinese movie. love the red in there, the communist red, is it ? ;)
nice to see you bro...
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-22 12:58
Hey Benny, well i have just put in 16 hours of work at the bank, and i remember not acknowledging this photo and another of a similar kind few days back, well here i am, absolutetd delighted to see it again, the faces at the opposite corners, with the soft disappearing tones, what a story this is building up to be..
always happy to see an ol' mate..
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-01 3:04
A visit to northern iraq in 2014, there has to be purpose and strong faith, an open-mindedness, values and respect, qualities that i see you possess, and i don't know you enough. if you travelled for work or as a personal journey to understand the plight of a nation which has lost so much. to see, believe, connect and photograph, i think the series is a gem. the boys represent the two sides of a country still struggling from the after effects of a "war", decades of persecution. while one is still cynical, skeptical about your presence, chooses to hide his identity, chooses not to open up, i think it speaks more about his mind than his body language. The other is the optimistic one, with a faint smile, unsure but still holding onto faith. is that a rosary between his palms ? he wants to be the child who grows up normally, to ride, to swim and play, have a future, a life worth living.
this is such an important photo given the context and condition of a country ravaged by decades of war. your gallery chooses to show smiling faces of families and people and landscape. a breath of fresh air. The only time i get to see photos from iraq is through the work of photojournalists and freelance workers. They are addicted to showing hopelessness, loss, despair, the dark side with no future.
Respect, admiration Kasia.
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-01 2:34
it is simplistic, minimal, beautiful poise of the woman, though i would prefer her to be a part of the bigger scene, maybe a wider shot, place her elsewhere in the frame, maybe entering the frame ? its all about arranging the rectangle, woos..i remember quotes from sergio larrain....
good week kasia
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2016-08-01 2:32
Hello Globe trotter, well first of all how come you have not visited india by now ? :)
you should have a fantastic time here and since photography is your forte i would suggest you travel asap. you will embark on a journey like no other.
well about these gimmicks that the locals are unto is just to make some extra pocket money, they don't usually expect but the sight to a western tourist could mean some handy cash, i was on one the basket boats in the coconut farms in Hoi An, central vietnam and the fisherman spun the basket around with quite incredible speed, like a top, like one of those theme park rides when you small, right? but it was all cool, he enjoyed it as much as i did. there was no signal, or suggestion that he wanted to be tipped at the end of it. but honestly, some damage is done, and i speak for myself and from what i have observed india. some foreign tourist who aspire to make photos end up paying the locals only for photographs ! to me, its not good taste, if you have to, you could just buy something on their behalf etc. what happens eventually, they expect it from every tourist who would want to make some candid photos too. They get aggressive, see it as a breach of private space or a dent in their business. Photography is not about that really. I think if you could smile and have a small conversation and exchange ideas, money is the last thing on their minds.
but these little gimmicks make your trip, tips aside. i like the photo and fact that you opted for a fast shutter to make the silhouettes stand out.
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-07-05 12:00
You have put the vantage point to good use, the perspective and the light, the perfect time to enjoy this. the eight sides, one minaret is a very moroccan thing too but doesn't look eight sided from here.
Btw you should stay, keep the weakening pulse alive, make it stronger, you and a few others form the aorta of the site, supplying the blood to the heart of this site which i call the TEmple..
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-20 9:07
Hmmmm....moody, love the solitary park bench, wish you could get more of the dimensions by moving around..but love the effect of the light, the halo around the hair, the pets, more erwitt elliots puppies..i am sorry these photographers come to mind, their iconic photos...gosh i miss moving around with my camera, why was the computer ever invented ?
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-20 8:54
Love this photo, decisive moment it is, more alex webb kind of photo. what could have been different is moved around to keep the orange lever out, more minimalist, i am sorry i just have the old the habit of giving more importance to the "photograph", the technicalities etc.
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-20 8:51
Lovely soft tones, a lovely slice of daily life, there is always a child in us. Upto us if we want to ignore it or or explore it..the woman on the extreme left, my first thought was that a nice juxtaposition with the mannequin but turn out to be the mother, the child looks at you suspiciously.."mama...why is that man taking out picture, tugging the hand of the mother."
incidentally, arnold Schwarzenegger was at madam tussads few days back and was posing like a wax statue and people gathered around him and admired how the was model looked so lifelike..one woman said "it looks so real" Arnold turned towards her and said "I am real" and the woman screamed and freaked out but only to have a great laugh....
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-03 0:26
This category of photos is precisely Cartier Bresson, he started it in the 30s, finding the abstraction, the geometry and waiting for human presence or the final piece of the puzzle. i think the two at intersection point with the two iron posts in the foreground could have been another idea..
like yours too Mesut.
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-03 0:19
Aaah lovely dear Mesut, the red stool goes so well with the electric blue on him the woodwork serving a rich palate, well seen indeed, soothes the eyes. it is the kind of photo when you feel the moment will lost trying to reach out for the big slr, instead make do with the phone at hand..i can understand :)
my regards to deniz and korkut and basak if you meet them again !
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-03 0:15
or maybe it is the other way..Football means Brazil. I have forgotten the results of this world cup semi (was it) where brazil took a pounding. it was an off day in the century, i am sure all of brazil thought that..football on the beach, a way of life in brazil isn't it
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-03 0:11
My first from morocco which i uploaded on the was a similar photo and is still close to my heart. the colours conjure illusions and tricky stories, love the concentration of red in the centre Luciano..
stained glass...a way of life..
sayeed_rahman (6434) 2015-06-03 0:08
nicely represented, the octagonal little fountain place with the blue tiles, i am here for that, its elegant and something that characterises the middle eastern daily life, there needs to be flowing water around where you live. maybe a cue from the Holy Quraan where it is said in repeated verses that once you attain paradise you shall be staying in gardens where fountains and streams flow underneath...
skylight, what i need right now