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From The Shadows

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Collection: Photo Essays
Camera: Olympus PEN E-P5
Lens: Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 ASPH
Location: Taiwan
Date: Feb 13, 2013
Galleries: Urban, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2014

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Comments: 8
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Cover image for photo essay "From The Shadows". The distortion in this window is from adhesive film mirror. This is very common on car and truck windows in southern Taiwan. It blocks the bright tropical sunlight and helps keep the car interior cool. This particular window's film should probably be replaced.

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From The Shadows

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12/30/2016 08:51:01 AM
I thought it was rain......no matter. Wonderful effect.
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01/07/2015 06:34:57 PM
That film on the window which 'should probably be replaced'is fabulous - almost makes me want to replace my window with such a remarkable 'filter'.
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01/07/2015 06:32:49 PM
A very enjoyable experience, proceeding through your varied yet cohesive essay, then wandering back and forth through it again. The last shot is a perfect surprise.
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12/31/2014 08:19:26 PM
Beautiful collection Henry. Indeed, zhan wei bao shuai. Sort of the Cuba of Taiwan region if I could be so ignorantly bold, as I have been to neither place. You give a sense of detached familiarity that good photographers exhibit but with sympathy and sensitivity, I believe and trust in your choices.
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12/29/2014 03:03:21 AM
I love the fish in a glass! Quite surreal and whimsical. I like the consistent PP and the mood. It evokes the emotions of sadness, abandonment and quiet resignation. Even the cat looks sad! I like the composition of image 7 with the scooter. I wonder what it looked like in color. The hairdresser with her reflection in the mirror, the guy with a distant look, the worker with the rake, and a part of a person in the backyard, all tell the story of their everyday lives. An interesting collection describing a very different world to my own.
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12/09/2014 08:10:34 PM
Beautiful collection of images.
Going back and forth through it, several times, I was struck by how you captured the haphazard geometry of the place. Even when orderly organized, like the vegetable or the geese farm everything seems random, as an addition to a former structure itself added to something previously built. There are people doing menial jobs and cats and dogs and fallen leaves, yet, everything is so small and foreign.
More than anything, this essay gives me the feeling of a one-a-day shot where, not knowing where to go and what you'll find, you took a photograph at random and found out the the whole makes perfect sense and saved it. I find the end shot absolutely perfect. It does have the deja vu feel, filled with meaning and in this case it has the function of a book mark.
This and the first picture totally seduced me.

Just wonderful.
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12/05/2014 09:24:38 AM
What a beautiful and inspiring essay. Every photograph is a joy to view and together they are far more than the sum of their parts. I will spend more time on the individual images over the month.
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12/01/2014 05:53:40 AM

Itís always a pleasure to look at your photographs, and itís always a pleasure to see a foreign culture through educated and sympathetic eyes. So this is a double pleasure indeed!

The great benefit of an educated (in the sense of local familiarity) foreigner as a guide is that we get the best of both worlds: insight into the soul of the culture, and understanding of what will most comprehensibly depict that essence for a less educated foreign audience. So what we get is a more elegantly poised narrative than could be delivered by a genuine local, and also a more textural and reflective view than could be offered by a casual tourist.

Letís talk pure photography first. These are all the flawless, visually literate B&W images for which Iíve 'known' you all these years Ė but that said, I still say that youíre getting better at it all the time. The photography is so clear and pure that it can come only from a deep passion for the craft of photography, and comfort in that place. The subliminal message I get is that not one technical aspect is forced, nor contrived. Itís effortless craftsmanship, and I donít think you (Henry) could now do it any other way. So like a writer who has mastered the tool kit of language and its usage, and for whom the words no longer get in the way, for you the photography no longer gets in the way.

And that leads to the next dimension, which is artistry. The conversion of craft into art.

The choices youíve made in terms of subjects, points-of-view and composition are very satisfying for your audience. Thereís variation, conventional, unexpected, contrasting, refreshing; all the beautifully structured sequences and sensations that one would experience in one of those fabulous Asian meals composed of many tiny courses.

So I say thereís two levels of artistry in this essay. The obvious one is the artistry of the photographs individually. The less obvious but ultimately more appreciated one is the effect of your having orchestrated a feast of many tiny courses, all connected, directly and indirectly; all dependent on the others for the proper appreciation of their full flavor and texture.

The fact that you know all this, and that you intended the effect, is evident especially in your final course of a fish in a water glass. That's the very kind of surprise exclamation point that a great Asian chef is likely to present to his guests as his final course.

Itís a beautiful essay Henry. Enjoyable on every level from the superficial to the considered to the theatrical. And I suppose I must now say to the gastronomic too. Itís professional standard stuff; actually quite a bit better than the usual professional photo essay in this cultural/sociological vein.

A wonderful start to our month of essays. Thank you.
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