Saturday, March 22, 2008

Peeling Paint


Peeling paint is a cliche - and one could make a good argument for not even bothering to photograph it. As it happened though, trying to make the best possible composition was more than a little challenging - there being a fair amount of the paint and I consider the exercise well worth trying.

6 comments:

mkinsman said...
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mkinsman said...

George,
Well done. No subject should ever be considered too cliched. Given the number of photographers, etc. it is likely that a subject has been covered by someone at some point in time. Remaining true to ourselves - will produce an image from our unique point of view. I believe Brooks Jensen had a podcast that discussed this point.
Mark

pnfphotography said...

very nice !

Alan Rew said...
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Alan Rew said...

George,

It doesn't really matter that peeling paint is _often_ a cliché as a subject, because you've used it to make a composition that definitely _isn't_.

By moving very close to the subject, you've produced a composition in which it is not immediately apparent to the viewer what they are looking at - it makes delightful use of ambiguity.

FWIW it reminded me of a composition titled 'Strangles' on this page of David Ward's excellent web site gallery
http://tinyurl.com/36gc8z

Kind Regards,

Alan

advman said...

It's so often that we are drawn to decay. Why is that? Is it that decay is entropy, the replacement of order by chaos, crystalline by organic, death by life? Or is it the passing of time? Our time? Maybe decay reminds us of our mortality, and at the same time, just as it shows us the face of death, it makes us feel alive?