Friday, May 25, 2007

The Other Side


No matter how I plan for a series of related TODAY'S, that plan is diverted by the passion of the moment. My note awhile back on The Hollow was intended as the first of perhaps 4 or 5 images in a series on The Hollow Farm. Similarly, the post on the Bunnell Windows Book was intended to introduce numerous Bunnell Windows. It's not that I later think less of the images never posted; one of the Hollow Farm images has a key place in the Camera's Eye exhibition. Rather, I am diverted by some new passion. In the end, however, things usually come round. And so we return to Bunnells.

The image above was worked on after it was shot and then set aside; it never reached completion. I rediscovered it tonight as I reviewed a folder of such temporarily abandoned images, and maybe the variety produced by such circuitous posting habits is a virtue. I set the image aside for technical reasons. My normal habit is to compose in the camera, and it is very rare that I crop a shot after I shoot it. I have no aesthetic objection to doing so, though cropping yields lower resolution images. This one may never be able to print out at 13"X19", my usual size. However, when I did the initial editing, I found the focal interest of the image in what you see; I cropped the rest away as superfluous.

What you see above is the cropped version, my first thoughts on the image. Below are my second thoughts, my current thoughts. Or maybe they are alternative thoughts. Your thoughts on which version is preferable would be most helpful and interesting. There is no question that the effect is very different.

3 comments:

Ginnie said...

This just shows to go ya that you can get two completely different feels from a simple change in focus, Ted. Well done in showing both.

Jonathan said...

I am a hopeless realist - the second cropping made me feel like I had to work too hard to find something - the original is striking with the sawtooth edges and the reflection. I'll take peeking in...

Emery Roth II said...

Thanks Ginnie and Jonathan for stopping by and commenting. Alas, Jonathan, as the husband of an artist, you need to step beyond the real world and enter your fantasies and nightmares and Wendy's. Inside that realist"Peeking In" image is another world to enter, but I too like the tension between the two worlds in "Peeking In".