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When I came out of work yesterday, I spotted this on the pavement – which I assume was torn from a magazine or catalogue – and immediately thought of the shot I intended to put up that evening (i.e. yesterday's entry). Anyway, after a bit of rotating and cloning in Photoshop, here's the companion to yesterday's image. It's more of a tenuous play of words than a photographic sequence, but I did wonder how this one would look composed in the same way as yesterday's. Anyway, if nothing else, it was an interesting exercise.

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comment by emily at 08:09 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

What a tragic and pertinent image.
Such a simple subject and yet such powerful fellings are evoked in the viewer.
Yet again Dave I am blown away by your seeming ability to turn what most of us would not give a second glance into a photo of such merit
Thank you for your wonderful images. Every day I look forward to my 'chromasia offering' !

comment by Monika at 08:15 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

this is a gorgeous shot, the feelings that I get when I look at it...
wow, made me shiver
i love it
as always, your the best

comment by cj at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

The tear is in such a perfect place for this photo that it is almost difficult to believe that you didn't set it up (presuming that's not what 'a bit of cloning' meant).

Other people have photographed similar found snapshots but this one is truly effective. I don't suppose many people viewing this image will come away without some emotional trip.

Well seen, well processed and well done.

comment by djn1 at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

cj: no, the cloning was done in the bottom right and top left of the image. I couldn't remember the exact layout of yesterday's shot so ended up having to rotate this a bit more than I expected, and because it was quite tightly cropped I ended up with gaps in those areas. In other words, the cloning was just to repair the gaps in the tarmac.

comment by prasoon at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

all i'd tell - you've got an awesome eye..
i'd love to have comments from you about my photoblog - hit it sometime !

comment by nuno f at 08:42 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

An interesting and creative experience. Both photos (yesterday and today) have the same composition as you've mentioned, but they are very different. I can see a duality between "the old" of yesterday's photo and "the new" of this one. It's without a doubt a game of contrasts. : )

comment by JD at 08:49 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

this is great, the contrast of textures, the composition (i know many people will comment on this).

I think this will be to more peoples liking than not

congrats on a marvelous find and great job with all the processing : )

comment by Lee at 08:50 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

I like the subject and composition, although I might of preffered a wide crop with some space to one side of the pic perhaps? Imo it is a too saturated.

comment by Michael Dougan at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

After yesterday's comments I was expecting another similar shot, this make me feel quite sad.

comment by m at 09:26 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Thought provoking, would make a great ad for some kids charity.

comment by PaulB at 09:48 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Fantastic shot, but having a child of my own I have to agree it makes me feel quite sad.

comment by Eric at 10:19 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

I'm looking a little deeper into the image, and wondering where it came from. It is, by itself a decent shot, too.

comment by Kathrine at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

I immediately thought: that is the norwegian prins Sverre Magnus. (Im norwegian) He was born desember 3. Im not sure it is him, but that was what hit me. And if it is him, this is a small glimt of a part of his future. My experience of your photograph got disturbed a bit by my immediate reaction. I like it.

comment by Robert #2 at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 31 January, 2006

Egads! It has so much impact that it's would be easy to believe you combined two images. That fact that you spotted it on the street and came out with this image speaks volumes about you natural aptitude for photography.

Great job focusing on the baby's face and getting the layer of grit that covers it. I wonder what's on the other side of the page (assuming it's from a magazine or catalogue).

comment by Tommy at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Amazing... my favorite shot in recent days.

comment by Patrick at 12:41 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Really cool shot - it would be a great companion photo to some all telling and tragic story...

comment by CurlyBoy at 03:05 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Great image. Even though it's a bit tougher for me to see the textures on my screen, the contrasting colors and the subject matter are why I like this shot quite a bit more than yesterday's. :)

comment by andrew at 04:23 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Wow ... this shot and yesterday's shot would definitely make a lovely diptych.

comment by moe darbandi at 06:00 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

what I would do for your post processing skills!

comment by peter at 07:48 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

That eye really grabs your attention - pretty spooky, actually.

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comment by goon at 08:13 AM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

same as andrew, why not put both images in a single composition?

comment by [t e r r o r k i t t e n] at 01:02 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Striking image......I know that you said this was a magazine but I love coming across discarded photos in the street....they always provoke strong emotions in me. Great observation.

comment by Paul Courtney at 01:07 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Hi Dave,
Decided to share my thoughts again. This shot is more appealing than yesterday's. I love the soft/hard ying and yang thing going on with the baby and tarmac and I love the detail in the ripped edge of the paper. My only criticism (seems to be my New Year resolution) is the fading focus at the baby's head, not sure whether that's due to your f/5.6 or the original photographer.
Out of interest, is this the same stretch of tarmac as that in Jan 28th's shot?

comment by Chris at 01:25 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Interesting photo Dave... it looks almost like it has tire tracks on it.

comment by patrick at 01:58 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Newcomer from France in this strange blogosphère world, finding here so much inspiration and lessons of photography and design, you and some others talents like you are making me better, if I can...

I think you become better working hard on this photoblog, but also, you contribute to make other people become better.
it's a great result.
will come back often, and thanks for all.

comment by Laurent at 02:38 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Really nice shot. Great dramatic mood.

comment by jxiong at 02:40 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

the grittiness makes one reach out to the child.. and wat emtionful eyes the baby has!

comment by Ali at 03:20 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

This is a good picture, but to tell you the truth I find it a bit creepy....

comment by Peter at 03:48 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

yep! always watch the pavement, you'll never know. got a similiar one a few month ago .... but bad luck, it wasn't a baby.
nice one!

comment by Brandon at 03:55 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Very dramatic, the picture really pops against the black background.

comment by desmondlim at 03:57 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Disturbingly fascinating!

comment by Ellie at 06:40 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

WOW! simply amazing! i absolutely love this, its so haunting, so powerful as an image. you have an amazing eye for a photograph, and an amazing talent at capturing it. well done!

comment by buda at 06:42 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Maybe im getting the wrong vibes but it looks very tragic to me...what i mean is... i feeling sad by looking at your picture, but thats the whole point right? making a picture touch the one who looks at it! Anyway, Great shot!

comment by Still at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Simple and very efficient. Art ...

comment by guchi at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

AMAZING! I usually love your portrait pictures... I have no words to express how much I like today's picture. Unique, original, different.. and really eye-catching. Congrats!

comment by djn1 at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 1 February, 2006

Thanks everyone, and I have to confess to being a little surprised at the response to this one – I didn't expect that so many of you would react so positively to it.

comment by don at 05:16 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

The word "infanticide" came it my mind, looks like a crime scene photo. Very cool...

comment by blu at 04:56 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2006

this also makes me feel a bit sad...

comment by pierre at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2006

That's real good and well seen

comment by jasonspix at 07:31 PM (GMT) on 4 February, 2006

Wow, very powerful image. Both sad and joyous at the same time.

comment by phutta at 05:44 PM (GMT) on 13 February, 2006

i like childen image