Thank you for your reply Carl. I believe the artist’s intent and vision is necessarily integral to the image, and to suggest change to composition etc., can be a little impudent.
As viewers we bring to an image our own experiences and aesthetics along with a personal reading of the image (in line with the post-modern imperative). Reading your statement of intent behind the image, informs and changes my reading of the image for the better. It is good however to be able to view someones work with minimal or no description allowing the imagination to run free.
Hi Carl, I really like this image with its strong design and use of colour and composition. If I may be so bold, I would like to make critical comment (which I assume is welcomed), and I don’t have any expectation that you will agree or wish to make changes based on my observations. This is after all your photograph.
On first viewing this image, the bold blocks/shapes of colour ‘hit’ me first, but for me, the gravity or weight of the foreground shadow has too much influence which tends to distract from the great coloured shapes (wall, sky & tree) above it. If it were my image I would experiment by cropping the shadow by a small amount which would also allow the other elements more influence in the overall image; thankfully we are all different in our aesthetic appreciation of an image. How uninteresting it would be if we all saw and produced the same work. Great photograph!
Looking at a small sample of your work, I think you may be familiar with if not influenced by the work of certain photographers such as Robert Frank (the title of your web page coupled with the look of some of the images), also William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz. From what I can see, you model your view of your landscape with a combination Frank’s critical cynicism and Eggleston/Meyerowitz aesthetic appreciation of the more formal elements of an image. Maybe I’m ‘going over the top’ and reading too much into it; I enjoy studying and analysing photographs produced with artistic intent.
P.S. Even though I’m from a distant land down under, it is not lost on me that Duluth was Bob Dylan’s boyhood ‘stamping ground’.
Keep up the great work
Thanks I appreciate your thought on this photograph. Not many people reach out and it’s appreciated.
For better or worse, the shadow is the reason I made the picture…the most important element as it is a metaphor for living in the shadow of change. In this case the inevitable change affecting the area this picture was made in. Just sayin. ~ Carl
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