This was taken during my summer vacation in 2008. It is one of my favourites from 2008 and so I had been reluctant to use it in any challenges. When the Posthumous Best of 2008 challenge was announced, I figured I'd give it a shot. I submitted it at 1x in October last year and it was rejected. I am absolutely astonished and delighted to have been awarded twice during the PH challenge. Getting both Bear_Music and Chromeydome's coveted awards really brightened up my week.
Below are the comments received whilst the image was posted in Joe's portfolio.
Originally posted by undieyatch:
At a very attractive environment allowing leisurely activity. A rear view shows good detail and some excellent character of the watchers at the rail. Superior tonality & rendering of some normal, expected activity.
Originally posted by Bear_Music:
Winner of the Golden Paw in the Best of 2008 Posthumous Open Challenge.
Originally posted by ubique:
It's a beautifully rich image, tonally. The lighting is glorious. The resemblance to a cathedral is irresistible. Then I run out of gas.
Originally posted by posthumous:
I like how perfectly centered the whitehaired guy is, as he steps into his place in the photo. There's a sense of becoming, not merely everyone in the perfect spot.
Originally posted by chromeydome:
This is Breathtaking.
While the bright spot in the upper left corner of the window might draw the eye, it also serve an illusion that it is the sole source of light in this image, somehow, and we sense that the people are drawn to linger there for that reason. I am drawn to linger in this image endlessly.
Originally posted by colorcarnival:
Five people, five strips, great timing. Love the subtle glow on the people as well.
Originally posted by Bear_Music:
Oh, this is beautiful in every important respect. The processing is great, the light is fabulous, the framing and composition are nearly flawless (I wish the one little eye-trap of a bright spot on the left edge had been cropped out), and there's an overall sense of aching humanity that's rolling over me in waves. I love that there are no visible faces.
Originally posted by digifotojo:
Very nice PP on this. I like the uneven number of people in this shot, very Feng Shui. The opposing shapes create a dynamic sense of movement in an otherwise stationary scene. Nicely done.
Originally posted by Iraklis:
Damn it pointandshoot...I was going to say that (Space odyssey...)
Originally posted by BAMartin:
Wonderful symmetry with the detail of the building and the people. Makes me want to walk over to the railing to see what they are looking at.
Originally posted by Les_Feck:
Reminds me of a flag. It also reminds me of the old Apple commercial about assimilation and for that reason has a science fiction feel. A bit hypnotic. A bit hypnotic. A bit hypnotic. A bit. a bit. hypnotic. hip.
Originally posted by pointandshoot:
For me, the perfect symmetry (particularly of the central figure and the windows) is, by itself, enough of a novelty to take this beyond a pretty well made image.
Emotion is supplied by the body language of the central figure - an ape-moth, drawn to the sunlight rising over the upper left corner of Kubrick's monolith.
The circular logic - of a man being drawn to the knowledge which enables him to create the architecture which supplies the knowledge to create the architecture, etc... is the topper for this wonderful work.
And then there is the supporting cast...
Originally posted by e301:
It's a great venue, the Turbine Hall. I like the sense of symmetry, and the little interruptions you've found here, but I'm not finding much else - else to take it beyond a pretty well made image, that is.