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The Ephemeral Solace of an Image (Robert Doisneau)
The Ephemeral Solace of an Image (Robert Doisneau)
Pedro


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Downtown Cowtown
Date: Jan 21, 2006
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100th
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2006

If I had a single goal in photography, it would be this: to have someone look at a body of my work and say something like: "this looks like something Doisneau would have shot if he sucked". I don't even care to be as good as him, but to find the one image that makes one person thinks that Doisneau wouldn't vomit at the sight of my photo would be sublime.

This is a quotation from a biography I read of his life when I first started to take photography seriously:

"I never noticed time passing, I was too taken up with the spectacle afforded by my contemporaries, that gratuitous, never-ending show for which no ticket is needed, and when the occasion rose, I offered them, in passing, the ephemeral solace of an image."

The ability to catch a private moment in a public place...stealing that one second of time where the rest of the world no longer exists, and the subject is completely enveloped in whatever it is that's caught their attention; I believe that my friends, is the ephemeral solace of which he speaks.

P

Statistics
Place: 25 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.4810
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 6.6986
Avg (non-participants): 6.3841
Views since voting: 1667
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 237
Comments: 26
Favorites: 6 (view)


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02/05/2006 09:36:18 PM
I think you are right my friend. I aspire to capture such suchness. I gave this a 9 only because I felt the crop was too tight on the sides. No doubt it was the right choice with what you had to work with, but in a perfect world...
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02/01/2006 12:46:12 PM
Doisneau, an admirable, and difficult choice to emulate. He is one of the best. A special high praise to you for introducing him to those who have been unfamiliar with his work. Your effort & comments - superior.
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02/01/2006 12:48:01 AM
Well done P. I think this should have scored much higher having looked extensively at Doisneau's work.

Your photographers comments are as inspiring as the photo is itself.

I am quite confident you are well on your way to your own greatness as a photographer. You see things that are uniquely P'esque and you capture what you see so beautifully. You certainly have a flair for finding the romantic in the ordinary and I for one am grateful to experience these *ephemeral moments* through your eyes.

*edit spelling as usual* lol

Message edited by author 2006-02-01 03:53:12.
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02/01/2006 12:26:03 AM
You are tooo hard on yourself, Pedro..This is a beautiful tribute, should have placed higher!. this is easily mistakeable for Doisneau. Clearly you share his romantic soul
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:36:36 PM
yes, you've captured his way of telling a story with a picture. 8.
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01/30/2006 04:39:28 PM
Wonderful layering of images, people, expressions - complex and emotive, can guess that getting the lighting/angle conditions was a challenge. Wonderful.
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01/29/2006 04:19:53 PM
nice juxtaposition - good luck !
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01/29/2006 03:49:23 AM
I love the message this image conveys. The reflections and the duotones sets the mood for this lovely and successful rendition. Great job!
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01/28/2006 11:12:09 PM
Cool. bumping up.
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01/28/2006 11:06:58 PM
very good work, keep it up
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01/28/2006 10:22:40 AM
You have a lot of very creative elements here. The model in the photograph look slike she is looking overe at the couple. Then you have the reflection of the couple in the glass. In fromt of that, you see the back of the couple looking forward. So wonderfully composed. Excellent wotk!!
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01/27/2006 04:10:13 PM
//www.robertdoisneau.com

Works for me. Nice picture.
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01/27/2006 11:11:05 AM
Nice! There is so much going on in this image. The framing, the moment, and the story are perfect. I wish there wasn't the extra guy on the other side of the street in the reflection. Other than that, it's a great shot!
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01/27/2006 10:42:14 AM
Beautiful job. I think Doisneau would be flattered.
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01/26/2006 07:23:04 PM
A very striking composition...nicely done.
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01/26/2006 06:09:04 PM
this is lovely, the image tells a story in beautiful romantic tones, just like Doisneau...
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01/26/2006 02:37:07 PM
Wow this is nice.
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01/26/2006 03:33:25 AM
You picked a great tribute and you have been faithful to his style. No matter what your inspiration, this image is inspired. There are so many planes and elements it is in itself an outstanding picture
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01/25/2006 11:53:41 PM
Very nice - My only comment is that I find the guy walking in the background reflection a little distracting.
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01/25/2006 10:51:29 PM
extremely well done, as I've said before the person walking behind them reminds me of pure doisneau

so many layers of things to look at, would look great on a cafe wall
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01/25/2006 03:05:55 PM
Great composition. I like the reflective quality. Well done.
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01/25/2006 02:54:01 PM
I love the word ephemeral. :) Seems just a tad posed for Doisneau (at least his famous shot). Still wonderfully done. 7
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01/25/2006 01:07:29 PM
A fine composition and I see the clear connection. Well done.
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01/25/2006 05:52:33 AM
This is a complete masterpiece of layering. The striding pedestrian in the reflection is the grace note that takes it over the top. Well done!
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01/25/2006 02:07:27 AM
beautiful shot
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01/25/2006 12:26:54 AM
An incredibly intimate moment.
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