With the influence of social media and how we are all so saturated with scenes when we pull our phone out of our pockets, few appear to really take the time to analyse and contemplate an image they see, let alone like.
Of course there also the loss of context in anything written online, as there is no tone nor personality to what we read.
For instance; when you see an image on Instagram or Facespace, you take it at face value, it’s seen at a glimpse, over a few seconds and either it hits the spot or doesn’t.
Contemplating rarely happens, but it’s that very element that helps us improve, develop style and vision – it’s very important part of the creative process, none more so than in photographical terms.
I thought I would try to present a little more thought over images that are presented to me, and so asked over Instagram if anyone would be willing to offer an image for ‘critque’.
Step forward Trys.
Bravely, Trys was very interested in having one of his images over-viewed, and sent over the following for contemplation.
I’ll stop there and say that this isn’t really a bonefide critique, after all who am I to critique anthers work. See it more of an appreciation an opinion of what Trys has created, but with more consideration than hitting the usual like button.
Here we go.
In the first instance, the scene grabs you with it’s dynamism. That’s a staple for any automotive or racing image be it static or full of motion.
For any scene to paint a compelling impression, it has to offer volume in terms of the it’s subject. It has to capture and then demonstrate the essence of the subject. But at the same time, demonstrate balance of it’s elements as to not over-power nor be too faint, in terms of line, speed, colour or depth.
By either luck or fair judgement, Trys’ image offers a draw to your eye, despite what appear to be proximity of the subject. That said, there is no real think as luck in taking an image…the trigger is always pressed with purpose.
You often see images where elements detract from the story of the scene, either due to poor composition and presentation or a poor technical engagement, but here Trys has got this pretty much spot on.
The beauty of this scene is in the simplicity; the lack of surroundings and colour enhances the detail. It’s nicely contrasted too, particularly around the engine area where an abundance of detail is picked by the shadow and highlight.
It’s appropriate and provides a subtle enhancement.
Creatively the most in intriguing aspect is the illusion of duality that is achieved, thanks to the mono presentation. Whether this was intentional, a product of processing can only be divulged by Trys himself, but the effect of the quartered tones is on the money.
It’s not entirely chequer board in style, but the illusion is effective, and adds to the direction – you’re drawn along with the speed of the car, the vacant space to the left forgotten about due to the rapidity.
The sleek, refined lines of the car itself are further highlighted due to the jagged yet subtle surroundings – again referring you quickly to the focal point and the impression of speed.
Could the image have been more effective with more space? Taken at a greater distance?
Perhaps, but I doubt it. Additional distance may have drowned the impact of the cars detail, as it would be lost in the surrounding movement, overpowering the viewers attention; the balance is stable so why question it. Like wise is the image was in colour.
We also can’t see that version, so that opinion is merely conjecture.
If there is one negative to the image, it would have to be the few lens spots. Good image with a little oversight in terms of finish, but that’s is a considerable minor issue to a string frame.
Thank you to Trys for being involved – Why not give him a follow on Instagram – @trysmudford
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