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Where the Water Runs Slow
Where the Water Runs Slow

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Collection: Photo Essays
Camera: Olympus PEN E-P5
Lens: Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko
Location: Taiwan
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2017

Viewed: 149
Comments: 10
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Cover image for my November 2017 Photo Essay Side Challenge submission. Click link below to view my essay.

Where the Water Runs Slow

Any feedback you care to share is appreciated.

Thanks for the nice comments. 21.gif posthumous and 21.gif daisydavid nailed the geometry I was going for. The Triptych of the fisherman and the urban farm with hose are the two images that inspired this essay.

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11/12/2017 11:37:21 AM
Your black and white photography is wonderful as always. I love how you highlight the small things: wires, furrows, ripples, bricks and boards. Details in life that I can walk by without seeing are made so beautiful. My favorite is the dog and hands but it belongs with the others. Mariuca’s comment says what I wish I could have said.

Every time my LensScratch email arrives I wonder when I will open it and see one of your essays.

Message edited by author 2017-11-12 14:57:52.
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11/09/2017 05:39:58 PM
Moody, to say the least. The strict way you lay out the objects in your images along with the distinct b/w treatment has become your signature. The hands/dog shot is exquisite. Thank you.
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11/08/2017 03:18:00 AM
I always admire the way you combine human environments with geometry. You have a knack of the juxtaposition that expresses function and form, the practicalities of living in an organic but sophisticated social landscape. It displays the slow monochromic churning of life that is both enticing and sombre. A very intuitive and realistic look, well done.
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11/06/2017 02:24:04 AM
I always enjoy your deft monochromes. And again I do here. The feeling I got from this essay was of a place displaced. I felt sad but I'm not at all sure if the sadness was for the people of Pingtung, or for me. The essence of this feeling, and of this essay, is all in the cover photo:

Thank you.
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11/05/2017 07:04:48 PM
What strikes me most in this essay is the universality of the experience you've conveyed. Without knowing it was Taiwan, I might imagine this slow-water village to be in several possible locales. The cultural context is ambiguous, and so, the essay speaks about something other than where, revealing a broader view of human experience.

Beyond that ethereal commentary, it's also a series of engaging images, composed, sequenced and processed to create a coherent story, and to provide a sense of place. Thanks for sharing this!
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11/05/2017 03:25:03 PM
very sensible portrait of that forgotten place. Again an essay like an object lesson about what makes an essay worth watching
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11/05/2017 12:37:38 PM
A moving documentary of place. Beautiful darks can be found. Clap, clap for the hands/dog.
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11/03/2017 10:01:47 AM
You nailed the sadness of a place so far away and so forgotten that even the water runs slow there.
There is sweetness there though; a man encounters a dog (or is it his?), a heron looks in the distant darkness, two fish made peace with their fate and the man from his car sees it all, beauty and neglect, present and past.

Another great addition to your Taiwanese soft murmuring.
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11/02/2017 11:17:00 AM
Really enjoyable essay Henry. Looks like a fascinating location and I very much felt a sense of place from the images. Wonderful compositions. Loved the fish shot and as Don says below, the hands/dog photograph is utterly superb.
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11/01/2017 12:47:35 PM
your sense of geometry is exquisite. and your photo of hands/dog is one of my favorite photos ever.
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