Shot in Brighton at 2.30am underneath the West Pier in October 07. Long exposure at smallish aperture to get the barbed wire detail all the way around but enough background detail and texture. This one took too many attempts to mention but I think I finally got it right.
The image speaks for itself soI didn't name it anything too fancy. Personally I think it's a beautiful image but I want to leave as much interpretation to the viewer as possible, hence a basic description to pick out the barbed wire.
I'd like to think this will score in the 6's but I have no idea how this will be perceived.
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Post Challenge: Wow...what a mistake putting this image in. It was a toss up between this image and this one:
I'm astounded that this image was so disliked and misunderstood - 5.03 and a position in the lowest 8%? I'm still going to continue to submitting edgy and non cliche images where I can because I don't believe in the value of warping one's own artistic drive just to meet a mass opinion whose value I question when it comes to non-cliche or challenging images.
"Too grainy and focus" - this image might have suffered in the reduction process but there's no way it's grainy and out of focus. It's ISO 100 and the out of focus I think you're referring to is the spray paint at the edges of the stencil.
"i wish this had been exposed a bit more so i could see the details in the surroundings." - it's shot in the dark at 2.30am and the only surroundings are the sea behind it. There's nothing to see, and the nighttime shot I thought gave it more focus and attention/mood.
This is an image of Jesus on the cross, wearing a crown of thorns. The crown is the barbed wire, the cross is the shape made by the pillar and cross beam, and the hands is the graffiti - leaving an implied body on the upright. It's such a shame to have to explain this. That's my either my fault or DPC taste.
It wasn't blatant, and the graffiti at the bottom has been deliberately kept in shot to represent hands. It's not instantly gratifying enough, or DPC voters just don't have the brain or clue to register anything other than a sunset or dog shot. Ah well. I love it and even with the shocking score I'm glad I submitted it. I'm not christian or a even a religious person, but the look in the eyes seemed so expressive that it had a real urban beauty to my eyes.
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