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Dorothea Langley:  The Haunting Eyes of Despair
Dorothea Langley: The Haunting Eyes of Despair
SandyP


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Character
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Downtown San Antonio
Date: Jan 24, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2006

As soon as I researched Dorothea Lange, I knew I wanted to pay tribute to her style. She is famous for photographing despair. Many of her most famous work are pictures she took during the depression era. I have always had a particular compassion and heart for homeless people and people crushed by poverty. I love the picture, and for me. . .well. . .I'm proud to have one that I am happy that it is a little different than my normal style. Even if it doesn't do well, I'm proud of it.

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I'm so embarrassed that I misspelled her name in the title!! I submitted this literally 1 minute before deadline, and I was typing and entering like crazy!!!!

Statistics
Place: 21 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.5588
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0959
Avg (non-participants): 6.7636
Views since voting: 1324
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 238
Comments: 32
Favorites: 1 (view)


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08/03/2006 12:40:21 PM
I was drawn right to this one when I opened your portfolio. The gentleman there looks like has stories to tell, and has definetly seen his share of hardship. You've captured the essence of him so well. I have never seen Ms. Landley's work before, but I'm going to look it up now.
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02/01/2006 09:15:30 AM
This is a great shot.
I could write a lot about the frank and simple way Dorothea Lang displays her portraiture. I really love this photographer.
You also display emotion in a very simple way. You don't need much of a sorrounding elements to enhance anything you present.
I am not sure about this edit, as it feels a bit too dark to me, and I don't think it is needed. I think this man's eyes say enough without the need to be in a dark area.
But other then that I think this is a fine tribute to a great photogrpaher!
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02/01/2006 12:54:01 AM
Outstanding, what a string of top 90% photos! You're my idol. A great capture and a great tribute.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 11:55:31 PM
beautiful tone, great depth of feild, and yes, very haunting eyes!
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01/31/2006 02:38:06 PM
Probably somebody already told you this... her name is Dorathea Lange. I like this but think that his bright zipper interfears with the mood.
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01/30/2006 04:47:29 PM
Powerful image has emotional impact, sharp eyes, beard, zipper, wrinkles contrasting with soft hooded shirt and blurred background. Wonderful.
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01/29/2006 10:46:27 PM
the eyes don't seem that haunting to me. also, dorothea always seemed to have some background with the figure. the blurred out background and floating 3-d foregrounded subject with shiny highlights, including zipper, seems undorothea to me. But nice photo.
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01/29/2006 07:46:25 AM
Good monotone portrait.....
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01/28/2006 01:57:09 PM
Wonderful, I can feel the weight of the despair on him. Nicely done!
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01/27/2006 10:06:19 PM
dorthea lange?
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01/27/2006 08:26:33 PM
The tones are quite representative Lange's work, as is the haunting look you've captured. Nice job of isolating the subject from the background as well.
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01/27/2006 05:08:55 PM
Wonderful tribute to Dorothea Langley. The expression on his face is haunting. I simply love it! 10
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01/27/2006 03:55:34 PM
The glint in his eye is just mesmerizing. It's almost haunting. I love the blur in the background. I would love to see this man and see for myself the years of experience written all over his face. Langley would be proud.
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01/27/2006 12:54:20 PM
very nice, a top three finisher for me
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01/26/2006 10:56:01 PM
very nice shot Despair akin to immigrant mother. One small point. The jacket is too new and the zipper is kinda of stylish. But really well done 9
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01/26/2006 03:51:27 PM
very nice shot!8
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01/26/2006 03:00:02 PM
Nice! I like the lighting just around the right eye.
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01/26/2006 02:04:21 PM
I'm not familiar with Lanley, but your tribute is very well done. Great tones and highlights. Excellent job of isolating your subject. Very nice!
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01/26/2006 09:26:56 AM
Look at those eyes. Image is full of mpact.
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01/26/2006 03:16:14 AM
do you mean Dorothea Lange, Her images were more gritty than this a good try but just misses the mark IMHO 5
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01/26/2006 01:14:22 AM
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01/25/2006 09:35:09 PM
Looks like this guy is full of stories. Very nice capture. The lighting on your subject is execellent. Hope to see this at the top. 10
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01/25/2006 09:32:40 PM
A very nice tribute and capture that imparts its message at once. Bumping up.
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01/25/2006 09:30:27 PM
Do you mean Dorothea Lange? If so, your tones are way off.
01/25/2006 12:25:11 PM
the capture is great the editing is far to obvious, and IMO more that she would do. your seperater edit to the backround is what i am refurring to, u should feather next time u do an outline like the 1 u did. also what every edit u did (looks like curves) has some odd hot tones 2 it, that have been very harchly grayed out and appear in very strange color.
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01/25/2006 08:52:42 AM
Excellent title. I like how his eyes jump out of the page. The leading line of the silvery zipper really draws you to his face. Great tribute to Dorothea too!
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01/25/2006 08:19:28 AM
oversharpened in some parts, highlights in eyes look wrong, background too dark IMO, but still a very good portrait
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01/25/2006 03:42:23 AM
very good work...it looks like it needs a little graininess imho...
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01/25/2006 01:36:01 AM
The sepia effect has characterised this image to perfection, the position of the subject leaning forward adds to the despair, Dorothea Langley would be proud...10
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01/25/2006 12:56:51 AM
If we only had time to hear all of his stories. great expression, super capture!
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01/25/2006 12:30:28 AM
I hate to see Dorothea Lange's name so butchered in the title :-( It's a nice shot though.
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01/25/2006 12:26:11 AM
great shot love the expression! 9
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