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Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Apr 11, 2004
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Black and White, Traditional Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2004

Viewed: 1696
Comments: 23
Favorites: 21 (view)

How this capture came to be and why I rendered it the way I did:

"When I had positioned myself to take the shot (10D, 300 mm lens, tripod and all), the painter approached me and asked that I, please, not take a photograph of his art. I replied, equally politely and equally firmly, that I was making my own art by taking a photograph in and of a public place. He seemed satisfied or appeased, I'm not sure which, turned and proceeded to stand among his paintings. Needless to say, I took the shot.

The incident prompted me, however, to render him faceless and his art featureless. In retrospect, I am grateful for the challenge (and the adrenalin) he presented me with and a photo which, in the end, lived up to my promise."

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06/03/2009 08:44:45 PM
Wow!...absolutely captivating image. Fav!
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06/03/2009 08:02:20 AM
That is VERY cool. Kind of surreal. I like it.
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06/02/2009 07:29:38 PM
Very powerful image. I sort of wish I could make out what the picture lower right contains, just in case it is significant.
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06/02/2009 05:31:20 PM
Originally posted by SJCarter:

The invisible man within his element of invisible solids. VERY cool concept and presentation. Excellent!


Just what I was thinking before I read that. Love it!
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06/02/2009 04:29:53 PM
The invisible man within his element of invisible solids. VERY cool concept and presentation. Excellent!
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06/02/2009 03:57:14 PM
I love this concept! You are brave; if someone asked me not to take a photograph I'd scram and miss out on such an opportunity as this.
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06/02/2009 02:38:52 PM
Very interesting and a great story as well.
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06/02/2009 02:27:48 PM
Originally posted by Jedusi:

great story and really cool concept.

I wonder whether it would be a nice touch to have the only painting showing it's contents to be one of his 'missing' face ?...


I agree, this would, effectively, add a new dimension to the image, but I'm afraid that by doing something like this we'd end up with a genre other than reportage.
06/02/2009 01:54:41 PM
great story and really cool concept.

I wonder whether it would be a nice touch to have the only painting showing it's contents to be one of his 'missing' face ?

Or maybe that's just too cryptic putting the artists face into one of his own frames to portray his own art . .

:- )
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02/08/2009 07:47:16 PM
VERY nice!
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11/27/2008 07:06:28 PM
Wonderful piece of work!
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10/23/2007 11:51:21 PM
Originally posted by Tej:

This is photography as an "ART". Love the lighting and overall composition.


ditto, loved every bit of it.
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01/18/2007 12:09:06 AM
This is photography as an "ART". Love the lighting and overall composition.
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01/16/2007 07:44:22 PM
Now this one could have been in a landscape format, but I like it in this square crop format, due to the negitive space.....
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01/10/2007 01:15:42 PM
This has a edgy surreal feel to it. It also makes me think of Magritte. Great composition. The main objects (the frames and the man) really pop out at you from the sea of black.
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05/18/2006 03:25:43 PM
Outstanding!!!!! Love the "out of the box" sense of it all. GREAT contrast and the composition is perfect.
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05/18/2006 12:40:20 PM
This is indeed an incredible twist to photographic art. Did you think of going back to that painter to show him how you created your own art photographing him and his work? Might be interesting. Always enjoy musing over your work.
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03/19/2006 01:14:05 PM
AWESOME!!! Love this! Incredible... Instant favorite.
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12/01/2004 06:33:46 PM
THis is genuinely an astounding image. However it was that you managed to isolate the frames, the jacket and the hat, it works tremendously well.
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04/22/2004 12:16:55 AM
> jm

Thanks for your, undeservedly, sincere comment, jm.
It is the first photo I published after hundreds of, well, 'test-shots' with this sensitive clunker called '10D'. What is interesting, perhaps, is how this capture came to be and why I rendered it the way I did.

When I had positioned myself to take the shot (10D, 300 mm lens, tripod and all), the painter approached me and asked that I, please, not take a photograph of his art. I replied, equally politely and equally firmly, that I was making my own art by taking a photograph in and of a public place. He seemed satisfied or appeased, I'm not sure which, turned and proceeded to stand among his paintings. Needless to say, I took the shot.

The incident prompted me, however, to render him faceless and his art featureless. In retrospect, I am grateful for the challenge (and the adrenalin) he presented me with and a photo which, in the end, lived up to my promise.

Message edited by author 2004-04-22 00:22:24.
04/21/2004 11:51:31 PM
> soup

Thank you, Tim.
Exposure see above.
I simply removed colour and decreased brightness by quite a bit while increasing contrast to get the black background and leave little nothing of three of the four paintings but their frames. The process, of course, also rendered the painter standing by featureless, floating among his works.

Message edited by author 2004-04-22 00:23:14.
04/21/2004 06:19:56 PM
very interesting photo, curious about the exposure.
grabs you - to say the least.

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04/21/2004 06:03:27 PM
Not sure if this is the first photo from your 10D but must admit it does have a quality, clean, feeling that I like. I told Rita to look at zeuszen’s new photograph and she exclaimed “WOW.” She went on to say,” His pictures are so good, wonderful.”
I told her zeuszen’s pictures always make me think. I stop and marvel realizing there is much more to them then just a perfect image of some “thing.” The underlying meaning may be profound and it is up to me to perceive. I struggle at times but that is the beauty of your work zeus, it makes me see (if just a glimpse) of that realm your mind resides.
jm
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