Project 52, week 19 [my theme] The song:Anne Louise (listen to it on YouTube here) The lyrics:
This leathers called a seat belt Anne Louise Your head out of the window in the coolest summer breeze And in the air were all the things you claimed we need They seemed to be worth less than once I did believe And I swear to god that I'll avenge your dead With the best lawyers of auto-politics And I'll spend whatever money's to be spend To try and revive your broken body again And the penny-pitching funeral was shit Your body in a plastic frame that I threw flowers in And I hope to god that you'll remember me in heaven God I hope you don't remember that in heaven God I hope that they'll allow me into heaven Look what I've become Look what I've become
The inspiration:This song makes me think of regrets, broken promises and half-forgotten memories. Things we thought we were and things that never really mattered. The photo is meant to match the grungy melancholy and create that hint of what is missing and what still lingers on.
“— When I was fifteen, all I wanted was to go off to some other world, a place beyond anybody’s reach. A place beyond the flow of time. — But there’s no place like that in this world. — Exactly. Which is why I’m living here, in this world where things are continually damaged, where the heart is fickle, where time flows past without a break.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
The technique: This photo is really a memory of a great day. My friend Michael and I were walking downtown and I found a chair on the sidewalk. Win! We (I) carried it all the way across the town because I was determined to use it in a photoshoot. We'd been to this underpass with all of its graffiti before so we got some ice cream and headed straight for it.
I did a couple of other shots and then thought of the long exposure style. Basically I bumped up the f-stop and brought it to a couple second long exposure – then he sat in the chair until I said GO! and then he'd run out of the frame.
BrightsideTideFeatured By OwnerJun 23, 2011Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I love love loooooooove the way you did this. It seems like he's fading away and the background is ... I dunno what the word is, but it's pretty great. [sorry about all those fangirls, but at least the guy's self esteem will be in better shape, eh?]
*gasp* Jon this is fantastic and wtf have you been reading my mind?!?!?! I had an image almost exactly like this in my head today while writing, the only difference was the chair.
P.S. I suck at photomanipulation and I've been working on this stupid image involving an empty school corridor and a ghost/memory for like a month and if you'd tell me how to do the transparent effect I'd be forever grateful!
Brilliant. Of course the rule of thirds is working marvellously here. I really like how Michael is really supposed to be the focus but then he's transparent, so then the chair is there, but obviously the viewer is seeing him sitting in it. It's kind of like a mindgame, or optical illusion.
Whatever it is, it's freaking genius. And I love it. It's really different from your other work, but it really marks your progression as an artist in a good way; you're still maintaining an element of you-ness, yet moving forward.
michael looks absolutely gorgeous here. (ha! yes, i know him in real life, eat your hearts out, fangirls!) and yes, photography-wise, this is brilliant. love the background and the old chair, they all add to the tone. show the comments to michael, jonjon, maybe that'll help his selfconfidence.