Strike the Pose


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My daughter, when doing a college art project, wanted to have her friends emulate iconic figures. I remember her choosing Kurt Cobain and Marilyn Monroe. Can't remember the other choices. She photocopied old B+Ws from books and her mates struck the same poses. She hadn't touched a film camera before so I remember setting the camera up with a new roll of 400asa Ilford and showing her the basics. I took the very first picture [This one] after a few directions re: f-stops/shutter speed/focusing/etc and left her to it. She wanted to avoid automatic and was keen to learn everything manual. After all that struggling over the months to gain knowledge of the whys and hows of using a camera, she now uses her phone as her only camera, [my head is in my hands sobbing],and so I am going to get my MX camera back that I loaned her.

I had subsequently gave her my Pentax MX with a couple of nice lens. She has my Asahi Pentax 120mm portrait lens which I definately need back !! I scanned the print of this photograph and shoved it through a cheap photo impression computer programme from some old Epsom disc and gave it a massive highlight input. I was quite surprised with the result and kind of like it's near high key effect which I have tried with direct camera use in the past and failed miserably.
26/03/2014 - 09:06graysummers
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Mac

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 10:09
Gray,

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the thumbnail.

Love it large!

Love the story as well. I've had a similar experience with my daughter and my best film, and much of my DSLR gear.

Sigh.


Mac from Montreal

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duncanM

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 10:34
It is such a good example of the promotional portrait, and so evocative- I think it's just great

graysummers

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 10:44
Mac wrote:
Gray,

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the thumbnail.

Love it large!

Love the story as well. I've had a similar experience with my daughter and my best film, and much of my DSLR gear.

Sigh.


Thanks Mac. I have my daughter visiting at Easter and she is bringing my MX back. Lovely. But I acquired a Leica V Lux 1 Digi the other week [Local selling site]. I think she will have her eyes on it judging by the EEwwww!!! when I told her over the phone. I'm a film fan as you know, so maybe she'll get away with borrowing it..... NOT !!

duncanM wrote:
It is such a good example of the promotional portrait, and so evocative- I think it's just great

Thank my daughter for the 'pose'. She knew what she was looking for for the project she had in mind. I was lucky to push this first button, but the whole idea belongs to her. I prefer dunes and trees to people and never photograph portraits if I can help it.
"The Latent Image that exists before development is a truly mystical and exciting entity and some subsequent individual photographs can make the spine tingle."

Good Fortune:

Gray Summers. Website www.graysummers.com

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 12:05
Very effective ...I like it.

karlo

harwood6120

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 12:48
I have a similar story with my eldest daughter. She took my 35mm gear when she went to uni after 'finding' photography during her art foundation course. Then decided fine art was more her bag and went on to be a teacher, now head of art, design and technology at Maryport, Cumbria.
Love your image.

Dave H

iangilmour

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 13:36
This is a classic mono image Gray.Superb.
Best wishes
Ian

graysummers

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 15:10
Thankyou all.

As a matter of interest...My daughter works with Deafblind adults now. I taught her sign language quite a few years ago, she passed her exams in British Sign Language and she has used this skill and not the photography/art for career purposes. She's also a Mother [15 months now] and of course her hands are full with the little one and so .... all her recent photography images are of one little human subject only .
"The Latent Image that exists before development is a truly mystical and exciting entity and some subsequent individual photographs can make the spine tingle."

Good Fortune:

Gray Summers. Website www.graysummers.com

autumnlight

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 17:24
It's a beautiful portrait of a beautiful girl (daughter) her own daughter will be in her heart for ever
Kind regards Maria

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GIULIO57

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 17:42
10 out of 10!!!!
PPG

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 18:09
A striking portrait, Gray. Great technique.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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trixie

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 19:08
Mac wrote:
Gray,

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the thumbnail.

Love it large!

Love the story as well. I've had a similar experience with my daughter and my best film, and much of my DSLR gear.

Sigh.


Wonderful Gray, I was stunned too, such a fantastic photo, a lovely pose and a beautiful story and of course super black and white. Good fortune Patricia

graysummers

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 19:13
Thankyou all. Much appreciated this feedback.
"The Latent Image that exists before development is a truly mystical and exciting entity and some subsequent individual photographs can make the spine tingle."

Good Fortune:

Gray Summers. Website www.graysummers.com

Teaka53

Link Posted 26/03/2014 - 20:33
Mac wrote:
Gray,

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the thumbnail.

Love it large!

Love the story as well. I've had a similar experience with my daughter and my best film, and much of my DSLR gear.

Sigh.


Brilliant
Malc

dcweather

Link Posted 28/03/2014 - 18:53
I think it works fantastically. Don't complain - I just wished my daughter was interested in photography!

graysummers

Link Posted 28/03/2014 - 20:19
Thanks both.

dcweather wrote:
I think it works fantastically. Don't complain - I just wished my daughter was interested in photography!

I'm not complaining really. My daughter can do no wrong..
"The Latent Image that exists before development is a truly mystical and exciting entity and some subsequent individual photographs can make the spine tingle."

Good Fortune:

Gray Summers. Website www.graysummers.com
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