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Collection: feb essay 2015
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2015

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03/05/2015 02:19:34 AM
Yes Maria, the streets are not for the faint of the heart. Only the young ones can go to and fro without even paying attention that they step on stars!
There is no eye contact on your streets unless you choose to be seen by a large representation on a wall of a weird family of birds.
I like a lot the newspaper feel of your photographs. they look as if someone detached them from old papers and saved them as future reference for a novel.
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03/04/2015 05:14:58 PM
Wonderful essay Maria, my favourites are 2, 5 & 7. It is very clear and concise with an overall sense of solitude. It is as though you are a bird on a branch documenting the business of humankind. Your vision is your voice, not wanting to draw attention nor disturb the motions, all while being just as much part of the whole chorus below. I like this distant contemplation, it would be interesting to see you get up really close as well. Both views are just as good. Thank you.
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03/02/2015 10:31:13 PM
A beautiful collection of street images. Images 2, 4 and 8 were particularly interesting for me. I tend to take street shots relatively close -- sometimes uncomfortably close. These broader, starker scenes with a sole person had a completely different feel to them -- one I will have to experiment with. Thanks for sharing these, Marla.
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03/02/2015 09:49:13 PM
Marla, these are wonderful. there are details here that I find remarkable. a sense of calm, refinement. i find myself getting lost in each photograph, like magnets they draw me in.
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03/01/2015 12:58:47 PM
Your essay captivated me. I've been through the images several times now.

If these are your first images from doing street photography, it makes me very eager to see the images from your next outing. These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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03/01/2015 09:10:18 AM
You're a timid street photographer, or perhaps you just respect people's personal space and identity. I'm known for sticking people up with a camera in the street, but I think your lighter touch is better and more resonant than my primitive muggings. You say these are your first real attempts at street, and that means you've stepped straight past a lot of the traditional street motifs (cliches, really) and gone right to street photography of more depth and texture than most of us street hacks can manage.

I've commented separately on No 2, which I think is uncommonly beautiful and sophisticated. The others are delights as well, especially 4, 7 & 8.

But this is about the whole, the essay. It's sparing, but clear and confident. The language is simple, the story is enchanting. Thank you.

P.S. Regarding the filter, it's just a tool like any other. Some people (me among them sometimes) use filters as a drunk uses a lamp post; for support rather than illumination. That's not the case here, because the real filter in this collection of photographs is actually you, and that appears to be one-of-a-kind.
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03/01/2015 07:37:16 AM
Marla, always a pleasure to view you photographs. This is no exception, with the added bonus of reading your thoughts. You mentioned that youíre not comfortable using Nik Analog filters. I understand how you feel but they work very well. You can always apply subtle filters so theyíre not as noticeable.

I like the consistency in you processing. Iíve tried mixing different processing techniques in a single essay but havenít had much luck. For me, it just flows more naturally the way you presented your story. The photographs youíve chosen interact well together without any redundancy. Images 4 through 7 is probably my favorite stretch. Very impressive for your first attempt at street! I hope you'll continue contributing to this side challenge. It will be interesting to see where your photography leads you.
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03/01/2015 12:31:36 AM
I am in awe of your perceptions. I especially enjoy the randomness of number 7 and number 9, for the closure. Your consistent processing adds to the reading.
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02/28/2015 10:56:33 PM
An interesting sense of discordance - is that even a word? Except for #7, which finds itself completely at peace. I'm very glad you've taken on the essay as a project - selfish of me, I know, but I quite enjoy seeing what you come up with! Thank you!

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02/28/2015 07:19:26 PM
these photos look old. I don't mean last year, I mean 50 years old. Your street is empty or emptying. That feels like your style of street photography: the empty street, with an element of loneliness... like the smiling cross.

I love this essay, and for me the star of it is that guy in the alley among the garbage bins. The sense of scale is crazy and amazing.
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02/28/2015 09:17:48 AM
A fantastically entertaining essay. The images are placed extremely well within the greater body of work and a great linking motif - as i read it anyway. Like watching a bird take off and soar. Excellent. Thanks for making it and sharing.
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