Paul Strand Two Meditations On Paul Strand

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Rob MacKillop, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I posted these elsewhere, but have dragged them kicking and screaming into this themed thread.

    I took Strand's pear and bowls image as the starting point for some exploration of same. Not in the style of, but influenced by...

    I have a large book of his images, so will spend some time with that before adding more.


    Here I set the pear in the centre of the frame, with the curves and light reflections of the plates spinning around, trying to distract you from the pear. I don't know what your experience is, but my eye keeps coming back to the pear.

    pear 1.jpg

    Here I went for more of an abstract. I like the scarred-skull quality to the pear, like a scene gone wrong from the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    pear 4a.jpg
  2. John Allen

    John Allen Well-Known Member

    The top one is very good. The bottom one is just a bit too dark for my taste, although I can see why you like it.
  3. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Mystery? It's a pear in a bowl :rolleyes: :D

    Thanks, lads.

    John, it might be too dark on your screen. The line between just dark enough and too dark is a fine one in this kind of image, and add to that screens being calibrated differently, then it becomes impossible to control. Even my iMac and iPad disagree. And then there are differing aesthetic values. One does what one can.
  5. John Allen

    John Allen Well-Known Member

    I know that only too well, Rob. That was more of an observation than a criticism.
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  6. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I still like them, and the way you have explored the theme so far. Did you lighten the 'skull' a bit?
  7. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ah, the burning question. Yes, I did. Glad you still like them ;)
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