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Ok, so it's Batman today, Elvis tomorrow (and Selma Hayek at some point in the future). And to explain this one:

Batman is a fabric drape in a fabric shop (the fragmentation being the result of the folds in the fabric), the windows along the top of the image are reflected from across the street, as are the building and lone character in the bottom-right of the image; i.e. it's a straight shot of a partial reflection.

Oh, and despite it not looking much like a photograph, I'm really pleased with this one but suspect that it might well recieve a fairly polarised reaction: so, if you don't like it, please let me know why.

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comment by SteveO at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

POW!!!! What a picture, hehe cool :-)

comment by Steve at 05:02 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Not a big fan of this one I have to say.

comment by Johan at 05:14 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

"Geee willekers Batman..."
"Yes, I know Robin. My fabulous abs don't really come across in this picture..."

I like the bats flying in the top right and the house creates a pattern in the fabric... it's cool.

comment by EssPea | Photography at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Its quite busy, took me a while to even see batman. Interesting idea though.

comment by Gavin at 05:27 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

I think this is great, I really do. If the reflection in the bottom right wasnt there it wouldnt be so good. I just think it gives a very strange sense, like..a different world. Nice one Dave!

comment by Jennifer at 05:32 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Holy Cow - Gotham City's changed! Love the reflection.

comment by thlayli at 06:27 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

i swear, i enjoy your titles almost as much as your photos.

comment by Jamey at 06:42 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

You said to say why, if we didn't like it so...

I'm not really sure exactly why this doesn't make much impact on me. I think it's maybe because, despite the folds of the fabric and the bats flying over the reflection of Blackpool, it still doesn't seem like much more than the artwork on the fabric. Not that there's anything wrong with the artwork. I'd happily have it on my bedspread :)

However, you do get a plus point for including the batarang. I've got a lot of time for batarangs.

comment by djn1 at 06:55 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Jamey: fair comment, but framing him against the dark building in the background was intentional.

comment by Benjamin Riley at 07:17 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

I love the use of the reflection, and the colors, but I also agree with you Dave, in that it doesn't look much like a photograph.

comment by djn1 at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Benjamin: that doens't bother me overly much; i.e. the aim here was to create an image, not something that's immediately recognisable as one medium rather than another.

comment by Jamey at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

I can see what you've done with the building. I think maybe it's too clever, in that it actually just looks like a normal scene from a comic book. Perhaps you're a victim of your own success or perhaps that's exactly what you wanted.

I'm a great believer in the phrase "when you do things right, people won't be sure you did anything at all" and this photo fits into that category for me. So by rights, I ought to really like it. Actually, I think it's growing on me now I look again.

comment by djn1 at 07:40 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Jamey: yep, that's what I wanted, and that's why I really like this one. But you're right though, it could be viewed as a macro shot out of a comic book, even though it's actually a relatively straight reflection shot.

comment by Jamey at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

It's the curse of the photoblog to be honest. Whenever you like something, everyone hates it and vice versa. It's fast becoming my favourite excuse, that :)

In other news, this comments form won't remember my info, but it's probably an issue at my end. Stupid tabbed browser.

comment by Robert at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

I like the illusion that it's part of one page of a comic book. Sure, it takes some explaining, but it just shows how much your eyes catch that others miss. Very creative composition.

comment by Rob at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

Nice, very different.

comment by NikitttA at 10:48 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

i think that today's title is better than this picture :-)



comment by Jide at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 24 April, 2006

OKay...to be honest with you Dave, I think it's great for what it is. Part of why I like your shots is not just because of how they look alone but also the fact that your personality is coupled with them, I think I'm making sense there....I hope. So to me if someone else took this shot I'd have a different reaction from what I have now.....that being that I really like this.

I think one of the things that I like about coming to Chromasia is not that I'll see a beautiful image but that I'll be challenged by YOUR own perspective on the world. That influences how I see your images. Again that's also why I like this shot, it's a straight shot of cartoon hero on fabric with a reflection but in light of your style (if you have one) it's interesting. I think.

My 0.02p =)

comment by Matthew Campagna at 12:10 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

How could anyone not like Batman?

comment by micki at 12:35 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Wow, very cool!! Now I'm curious about the Elvis shot....

comment by Kevin T. at 05:09 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Matthew is right: How could anyone not like Batman?!?

comment by Antonio Quirarte at 06:10 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

I donĀ“t like it because it is not David Nightingale Style!

comment by Ash @ Nighthawks at 06:13 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

I like it....

comment by bruno at 08:45 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

i dont like it, why ? i dont know, sometimes you have a photos wich says me nothing, but sometimes you have photos wich takes me breath away. this one is .... i cant find any words to say it. i just dont like it. SORRY but this is how i feel about this shot.im not even a amateur photographer so...
and you are still one of my favorites. :)

comment by Sysagent at 11:07 AM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

It's a good "image" but from a photo point of view it isn't as exceptional as some of your other Blog entrys, due to as others have said it doesn't really look for all intents and purposes a photo..
But on a positive note I like the textures in the image more so than the actual content (not knocking Batman he just rocks), particularly the almost grain like building bottom right.
I am gonna have to drive down the M55 (I am from Great Harwood near Blackburn) one day and see if I can bump into you motley crew and take some snaps and perhaps have a beer ;-)

comment by chiara at 12:23 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

I guess I'm not so thrilled with this one because I like to think of the story behind the subjects of the pictures, the enironment, the moment in which the picture was taken but in this case it's just batman drapes...

comment by tongue in cheek at 01:26 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

less you style more my headache!!

comment by muffins at 02:07 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

I love the reflection of the guy in the street - interesting relationship between him and batman. It's almost like he's just seen batman jump out in front of him ;)

Clever shot.

comment by Cathy at 03:08 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Very abstract and hard to get one's mind around. I like it for that reason.

comment by jezblog.com at 04:04 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Holy pixel power batman........the penguin has teamed up with the Nightingale and has moved operations to Little Gotham by the Sea. I like that image of you though batman. It has an interesting texture and the folds require you look again, but i really like the way the bats on the right appear to merge from the super hero reality into the reality of little Gotham........Holy disappearing bats you are right Robin.

comment by djn1 at 06:15 PM (GMT) on 25 April, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by Joseph Yarrow at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 26 April, 2006

The right side of the frame really makes the picture. In my opinion, it adds a great touch of realism to it. good job

comment by mooch at 10:16 AM (GMT) on 26 April, 2006

Um, dislike. Just another piece of graphic art. I don't really buy the faux interpretation implied by "you can see the shops across the road reflected in it". I would prefer, lovely, composed, lit and saturated insights into the world about you. I can get hold of enough Batman merchandise myself. Try reprotage if you want a new challenge...

comment by frisky? at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2006

I dont get why this picture is titled, "nnnnnnnnnnnnn" ???

comment by djn1 at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2006

frisky: lol - you have to sing it ;-)

comment by Mohammed at 03:00 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2006

Awesome shot!