May 252011

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During my walks through the back alleys of our neighborhood, this wall keeps drawing my eye—especially in soft light. Is it the color, texture, or age? I finally decided to stop thinking about it, and simply capture to share as best I can.

“…to express the inexpressible” is part of a quotation ascribed to the photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn. That may be what we are all trying to do with our photography, and my mistake is in trying to validate the resonance with words.

Nikon D300; f11 @ 1/180 sec, ISO 500 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm (202mm EFL); focus distance 33.5m

  4 Responses to “Tattered”

  1. Another “GREAT SHOT” April…love the composition, texture and muted tones, GOOD STUFF! BULLS-EYE!

    • This is such a subdued image, your effusive comment makes me smile! Thanks very much, Sam; I’m delighted you enjoy it.

  2. “…to express the inexpressible”

    I think the reflection in the window is a good example of this quotation.
    My eye was first attracted by this subdued light pink that frames the window, then by the wall and vine. At last, back to the window, I was fascinated by the color of the glass and its content.
    Nice to have edited this picture for us, viewers. I agree with
    Sam’s comments and enjoy to follow your Street Scenes series. A lot.

    April, I am late to comment and not active on TME because my newborn granddaugther is sick; my son and his wife are disheartened. It hurts me. I decided to take care of the other two years old kid. Presently I have no time for me.

  3. Micheline, I am so sorry about this difficult time within your family, and send my hopes for healing along with strength to endure.

    That you take precious time to visit here puts photography in a context which makes me ask myself, “What can it give to the viewer?”

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