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What is the intent of your image?
Is it a study of blown highlights and lost detail?
While I wouldn't say that it was a study of blown highlights and lost detail ... the degree of contrast induced (in post) was intentional to render the more graphic presentation. As a recording medium, this would likely be ascribed as a poorly executed photograph. Rather, it is an interpretive piece (as requested of me by the museum), not a recording.
Part of the intent in the image was to portray a more graphical interpretive perspective. While the extreme example of this would be a silhouette, this one has not gone to that degree. The foreground sculpture "The Vessel" is a uniform gray. Taking it to a more contrasty level enabled a rendering of the yellow/brown that is coming from the warmer side lighting vs. the cooler overhead lighting that (blown) out the blue from the sky as reflected differently from the varying angles of construction involved.
The compare/contrast of the natural elements with the constructed elements extends to the compare and contrast that photography as a medium can be suited for either recording or interpretive use ... either an sooc capture, or a created interpreted manipulation.
I suppose that if anything it is a study of juxtaposition: natural & man made, steel, stone & wood, light & dark, formal & organic, large & small, near & distant, foreshortening & vanishing, highlight & shadow, reflectance & absorption, mimicking lines & opposing lines, abstract & whole, recording medium & artistic rendering medium, etc.
Like I mentioned before, it isn't my favorite piece to merely look at as a "pretty picture", but as an interpretive of Cedarhurst and its sculpture park setting, it is a bit more fitting. It represents a few of the above mentioned elements of "art", the natural setting for repose and offers some "speaking points" that one might be able to extract from the juxtapositions contained therein for advancing concepts.
The title "Aligned" is targeted at the more obvious alignment of the sculpture's structure, as well as the alignment of it with the more distant sculpture and the parallel alignments contained with the tree's trunk and branches. But, even more so ... the alignment of the above mentioned (et al) elements of composition and art are integral to how we as artists (painters, sculptors, photographers) must put them together ... i.e. alignment ... to present our message to our viewers. The degree to which we harmonize or contradict such things influences the message our viewer is able to extract from our efforts.
Not sure how well I've been able to explain some of the intent behind it ... but that is a "rough" idea of what was going through my head at the time. Ask me again tomorrow, and I might remember something else that I was striving for with it. I've had some American sake and slept since then (poking fun @ self & the Daido video).
It was never intended to be "pretty pic" ... rather how much more you can find if you slow down and take the time to look and reflect at what is contained therein. Which, btw, is representative of how I feel about Cedarhurst ... there is so much more than meets the eye at first glance ... if one will look and be inclined toward some thought provocation ... they just might "Be Amazed" at what they can find.
To be honest, I really didn't expect anyone to "get it". I'm not sure if the museum did or not (I haven't spoken with them about it yet). They may just think it is something "different".
Edited on Dec 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM · View previous versions