Duality, a series


CWyatt

Link Posted 21/08/2010 - 21:25
Series I've been working on, that is going to be published (in part) soon online.

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Men, Wellington
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Monkeys, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Notre Dame at two o'clock, Saigon
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In the gardens, Wellington
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In step, Wellington
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Friends, Hanoi
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Family, Wellington
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Duality, Wellington
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Couples, Wellington
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Couple, Wellington
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Commuters, Wellington
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Prayers, Bangkok
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Brothers, Wellington
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thoughton

Link Posted 21/08/2010 - 23:57
A very impressive set Camus, nicely done.

I'm still boggling at the Notre Dame shot. Just how many 2's can you squeeze into one picture?

I also like the two joggers shot very much.
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Algernon

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 07:03
Quite a nice set and a nice idea, however I don't think "Duality" is a very suitable title. "Pairs" would probably be more suitable?

Most people understand "duality" to mean "opposites" in the way the Buddhists use it to describe the world we live in.... a world of duality where opposites exist and have a right to exist... day and night.. short and tall... hot and cold etc.
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 10:33
I agree about the semantics. A very clever, impressive set with some great compositions. Two questions:

Are the two pairs of pigeons as shot?

What am I missing about the three friends?
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ChrisA

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 11:13
DrOrloff wrote:
I agree about the semantics.

Yes. 'Duality' is completely wrong given its usual meaning.

But I do like the set. It's a great example of how a series can be so much more than its constituent images.

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What am I missing about the three friends?

There are two pairs that I can see. Two don't have a strap over their shoulder.

And another two have a plain hair band, with the third having what looks like a small bow on it. A bit tenuous, I confess, the latter one

The monkeys could do with a little shadow detail work, perhaps.

In fact, on reflection, I'd suggest that you consider leaving out the monkeys altogether. Although the poses are similar, they're not facing the same way. It leaves me feeling that although the shadows are paired well, the others are just so much stronger that their strength seems to draw attention to the monkeys' relative weakness.

Terrific observational work though.
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aliengrove

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 13:59
Great set of pictures, agree about the title of the set though. Maybe "Dual" or "Brace" would be more appropiate.

Nice work nonetheless!!
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mowog

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 19:37
All of these are excellent. The kind of photography I like best, and fail to do well, myself.

That's the trendiest old man I've ever seen, in shot 4!
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CWyatt

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 20:23
Thanks for the feedback I've found it helpful.

Only got a minute but just quickly on the title 'Duality' - the reason I chose it and labelled one photo with it is because the people are not the same. The series is about people/creatures/objects physically reflecting each other, or giving a visual impression of this, but in reality are they actually alike? Many of these are separate people, who don't know each other now, or might not know each other in the future. In that way they reflect each other only temporarily, but there's a schism - they're not the same person, even if their lives run parallel at this moment.
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Last Edited by CWyatt on 22/08/2010 - 20:24

ChrisA

Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 23:18
CWyatt wrote:
the reason I chose it and labelled one photo with it is because the people are not the same. The series is about people/creatures/objects physically reflecting each other, or giving a visual impression of this, but in reality are they actually alike? Many of these are separate people, who don't know each other now, or might not know each other in the future. In that way they reflect each other only temporarily, but there's a schism - they're not the same person, even if their lives run parallel at this moment.

I'd still maintain that duality is the wrong word.

"Similar but actually a bit different", as you seem to be saying, is not the same as "exhibiting dualism".

I mean, I don't care, it's not my exhibition. But look it up. The word simply doesn't mean what you're using it to mean, and that introduces a dissonance when people that do know what the word means look at the pictures.

It's another example IMO of why captions generally suck. It's a really, really good series of images, and here we are, trying to work out what the bl***y caption means.

IMO, the series stands on its own. You don't need to stick a posh title on it to get people to engage with, think about, smile at, be impressed with, marvel at, look again at, look yet again at...

... and if you can achieve that, it's what most of us here would love to be able to do.
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 22/08/2010 - 23:22

CWyatt

Link Posted 23/08/2010 - 04:28
Hmm, thanks for the feedback, I've put in a possible change request to my Ed.
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Father Ted

Link Posted 23/08/2010 - 12:52
I just love this set.I really must set out to produce a set of something one day.

It is hard for me to pick a favourite; Notre Dame is sublime, but I think I'd jump for Brothers.
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Link Posted 23/08/2010 - 21:46
This is series is now re-labelled and published in part here:
http://seacollectiv.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/moments-issue-4-august-2010/
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gartmore

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 12:42
These are some of the best pictures published here in a very long time.
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Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 15:07

Prieni

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 18:42
They are indeed very strong pictures. And seeing them in a series like this leaves me in stunned silence.

Chapeau and bravo! Love it.

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