Sunday, November 13, 2005

Mother & Child Statue - St Thomas Library - Shot through the bars to depict the closed mindedness of those that find this statue offensive.  Posted by Picasa


Blogger Grant Westman said...

Novel idea. It works.

1:16 p.m.  
Blogger John St. Pierre said...

I like the concept of this photo. I also like how you have it framed with the larger bar separates the frame. However, I find the out of focus bars distracting. I don't know what lens you used,, and maybe that is the effect you wanted. I would have tried using a lens with greater depth of field, backed up and taken the image again. It may have been possible to then crop out the buildings at the bottom too. It may have made the image worse, but I would have tried.

7:43 a.m.  
Blogger Dan Tippin said...

Hi John,

I did shoot this image both ways. I found the bars distracting in the shot where the bars are focus. I find with the narrower depth of field your eyes first look at the bars then moves on to the subject of the photo, the woman and child. In the shot with the bars in focus my vision wants to bounce back and forth between the bars and the statue, never really focusing in on the subject itself. My vision of the bars is a to depict a barrier or wall in the mind, which is not something physical and solid. Having the bars blurred and out worked for me to convey that concept. The other problem with the greater depth of field was the building in the background came into sharp focus, which further confused the image. I agree that the building is still a little distracting. I was just lazy! If I were going to print this image, I would take the building out of the photo using PhotoShop.

7:15 a.m.  
Anonymous Robin Masse said...

I am not narrow minded but I do think that the naked boy and mother look like some sort of nightmare "No mommy don't make me go into the library naked!" is what I say everytime I see it. Perhaps thats more a matter of where it is than the sculpture itself.

I think the shot is perfect the way it is. The buildings make the statue look larger than life, mammoth like they are towering over you saying "look at me!" the perspective is skewed and for me, I love that because it "says" more.

8:49 a.m.  

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