Achiropita

by GIULIO57

“Achiropita”. Mirror translation is: “Not portrayed by hands”.This is not a common name(but seldom you could hear it in the south of Italy where influences of Greek history are deeper and closer) and even more it is not a common title…but I liked it. First time I heard about it was many years ago when an artist named her daughter so. This name comes from old Greek language. α means= privative Alpha of the Greek alphabet(it is a negative=no, not…). Chiro is the root of another Greek word meaning hands. Pita means: to paint, to draw, to portray, to depict. All above using words of that Artist..”Her daughter was so beautiful that she couldn’t be portrayed using hands only…only Mother Nature could be able in conceiving such a Beauty”. I took this picture in March 1995. This model was on the stage of a Photo Meeting well known at those times in Milano, Italy: SICOF (in other words like Photokina)…While taking this pic Achiropita came back to my mind….so in these years I have always used this title (in photo contests). After 20 years I hope this girl is still the same. She was very professional…a real top model.
Camera: my fav PENTAX LX. PENTAX Zoom 40-80 lens on 80mm. F 4. Shutter Speed: 1/125s. Kodak T-MAX 400 BW film processed in its own developer. Printed on ILFORD RC Multigrade deluxe paper. Scanner Epson Perfection 3200.
Honestly speaking I prefer title much more than photo. About compo: I do have another version. Only the face with no background. A square crop. I choosed (and I prefer)this version because model was playing/walking on the stage from left to right..and all the empty space on left well depicts that moment and memories I bear of it. All the empty space adds dynamism to the compo and pushes eyes to scan the whole frame, IMHO. Perhaps background is a little bit disturbing. It is rough cardboard often and commomly used on stages. Suggestions are welcome.
Uploaded05/03/2015 - 11:13
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Posted 05/03/2015 - 13:04 Link
I love this

Great composition and tones
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wombat101010
Posted 05/03/2015 - 13:26 Link
Fabulous image. I agree with the crop, it needs the space at the back. The look the stunning girl is giving you, the slight grain, wonderful. The background distracts you briefly, but only to wonder what it is, then you look straight back into the girls eyes and forget the background.
Regards
Steve
bwlchmawr
Posted 05/03/2015 - 13:58 Link
This is a wonderful portrait, Giulio.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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AndrewA
Posted 05/03/2015 - 14:08 Link
Excellent all round
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davidtrout
Posted 05/03/2015 - 14:09 Link
Top class portrait Giulio, it looks so fantastic in mono.
David

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Edited by davidtrout: 05/03/2015 - 14:10
Wildwood512
Posted 05/03/2015 - 14:09 Link
This is a beautiful portrait...nice flashback to film days...thnx for the title background history as well. She is stunning to look at! You captured her so well!😀
Cheers...Donna 😊
RussV
Posted 05/03/2015 - 14:32 Link
bwlchmawr wrote:
This is a wonderful portrait, Giulio.

+1
McBrian
Posted 05/03/2015 - 14:48 Link
A beautiful portrait, absolutely love it
Cheers
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autumnlight
Posted 05/03/2015 - 15:11 Link
What a beautiful lady and a wonderful portrait, love the film grain that adds mystery
drobbia
Posted 05/03/2015 - 16:16 Link
Giulio - Lets first look at the positive side of this image - the grain adds a seemingly film noir quality - the angular industrial background plays off the models squared jawline and flowing hair ; the grain is stopped in its visual tracks by her super deep bright and grainless eyes, the light and "looking up" POV is perfect, the overall image is inviting but you've captured a instant where she looks unabashedly invitingly at the viewer,and its a once in a lifetime capture for all who actuate - Now the negative side - why have you kept this gallery wall image away from us for so long? -- THANK YOU for this visual feast. - Tony
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Edited by drobbia: 05/03/2015 - 16:18
velimir
Posted 05/03/2015 - 16:56 Link
Bravo master !!!! Superb.
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BAJ
Posted 05/03/2015 - 17:57 Link
Very good , love the look
BAJ
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Posted 05/03/2015 - 18:08 Link
Fabulous portrait...

Best
swarf
Posted 05/03/2015 - 18:37 Link
Guilio - that's a cracker, just superb.

Phil
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:36 Link
drobbia wrote:
Giulio - Lets first look at the positive side of this image - the grain adds a seemingly film noir quality - the angular industrial background plays off the models squared jawline and flowing hair ; the grain is stopped in its visual tracks by her super deep bright and grainless eyes, the light and "looking up" POV is perfect, the overall image is inviting but you've captured a instant where she looks unabashedly invitingly at the viewer,and its a once in a lifetime capture for all who actuate - Now the negative side - why have you kept this gallery wall image away from us for so long? -- THANK YOU for this visual feast. - Tony

Hi Tony and THX. I have a simple reply.."I don't like my piccies". When Shaun Wilson (PUMA in this gallery)came to Florence a few ya he was surprised not to find my photos hanged on the wall at my home.Bye
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:37 Link
QuestionableCarrot wrote:
I love this

Great composition and tones

THX a lot
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:38 Link
wombat101010 wrote:
Fabulous image. I agree with the crop, it needs the space at the back. The look the stunning girl is giving you, the slight grain, wonderful. The background distracts you briefly, but only to wonder what it is, then you look straight back into the girls eyes and forget the background.

. THXfor your reply and help
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:38 Link
bwlchmawr wrote:
This is a wonderful portrait, Giulio.

THX Andrew
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Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:39 Link
AndrewA wrote:
Excellent all round

THX Andrew
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Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:39 Link
davidtrout wrote:
Top class portrait Giulio, it looks so fantastic in mono.
David

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THX a lot David
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:41 Link
Wildwood512 wrote:
This is a beautiful portrait...nice flashback to film days...thnx for the title background history as well. She is stunning to look at! You captured her so well!😀

THX for your support
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:41 Link
RussV wrote:
bwlchmawr wrote:
This is a wonderful portrait, Giulio.

+1

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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:42 Link
McBrian wrote:
A beautiful portrait, absolutely love it

THX BrianBest regards to Craig
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:42 Link
autumnlight wrote:
What a beautiful lady and a wonderful portrait, love the film grain that adds mystery

THX Maria
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:43 Link
velimir wrote:
Bravo master !!!! Superb.

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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:44 Link
BAJ wrote:
Very good , love the look

Many THX
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:44 Link
thingsthatihaveseen wrote:
Fabulous portrait...

Best

Thank you Bill
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GIULIO57
Posted 05/03/2015 - 19:45 Link
swarf wrote:
Guilio - that's a cracker, just superb.

Phil

THX a lot Phil and Best Regards to Mrs Jean
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alfpics
Posted 05/03/2015 - 21:05 Link
Works for me- thanks too for the history behind the title!
Andy
Edited by alfpics: 05/03/2015 - 21:05
tommyt
Posted 05/03/2015 - 23:58 Link
Agree with all the other comments Giulio, a super shot of a super lady..Best Regards..tommyt.
davidwozhere
Posted 06/03/2015 - 00:09 Link
I don't mind the background at all. I look at the beautiful model.
And I think you would lose something if the background was featureless.
You don't want to lose anything at all from this one - it's too good.
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palani
Posted 06/03/2015 - 01:28 Link
very super
simonarron
Posted 06/03/2015 - 06:49 Link
Complimenti, Giulio.
GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 07:02 Link
alfpics wrote:
Works for me- thanks too for the history behind the title!

THX Andy
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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 07:03 Link
tommyt wrote:
Agree with all the other comments Giulio, a super shot of a super lady..Best Regards..tommyt.

THX Thomas
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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 07:04 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
I don't mind the background at all. I look at the beautiful model.
And I think you would lose something if the background was featureless.
You don't want to lose anything at all from this one - it's too good.

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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 07:05 Link
palani wrote:
very super

THX Palani
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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 07:05 Link
simonarron wrote:
Complimenti, Giulio.

Twice THX as you wrote in Italian
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johnriley
Posted 06/03/2015 - 09:25 Link
A truly excellent image, with a model who shows star quality.
Best regards, John
tyronet2000
Posted 06/03/2015 - 18:05 Link
Beautiful in all respects Giulio
Regards
Stan

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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 18:16 Link
johnriley wrote:
A truly excellent image, with a model who shows star quality.

THX john for your cmt
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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 18:16 Link
tyronet2000 wrote:
Beautiful in all respects Giulio

THX Stan
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bjolester
Posted 06/03/2015 - 18:43 Link
Superb shot! I am very glad to see film shots like this, this could not have been done with a digital camera. At least I have never seen convincing simulations of such grainy tones and textures. The LX rules
Bjørn

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GIULIO57
Posted 06/03/2015 - 20:15 Link
bjolester wrote:
Superb shot! I am very glad to see film shots like this, this could not have been done with a digital camera. At least I have never seen convincing simulations of such grainy tones and textures. The LX rules

...Right words .Thanks a lot
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Teaka53
Posted 08/03/2015 - 08:58 Link
A truly wonderful portrait, love the sultry expression
Malc
GIULIO57
Posted 08/03/2015 - 19:24 Link
Teaka53 wrote:
A truly wonderful portrait, love the sultry expression

THX Malc
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pauljay
Posted 10/03/2015 - 22:26 Link
Beautiful shot of a beautiful young lady! Classy!
Paul.

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GIULIO57
Posted 11/03/2015 - 13:59 Link
pauljay wrote:
Beautiful shot of a beautiful young lady! Classy!

THX Paul
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