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Before anyone accuses me of crawling around on my hands and knees, rearranging broken plastic cutlery, I should say that these pieces for broken fork are exactly as I found them ;-)

Oh, and I produced another version of this one that you can see here:


I did think about putting it up as the main image and the borderless one as the additional image, but after your feedback the last time, I decided not to bother ;-) That said, I am interested in experimenting with borders, so let me know what you think.

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comment by Jan at 06:38 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

This picture confuses my brain! I like this version better that the other one. The colours are so rich yet really nice and simple.

comment by MikesRightBrain at 06:45 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

I'm not a fan of the borders... the main image is much more appealing to me. There is something about the image in general, though, that is bizarre and disturbing. I think the composition you chose in the square makes it that way. But to me it's something about the decapitation of such a common, friendly every day object that makes it disturbing! Nicely done.

comment by djn1 at 06:51 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

Mike: I think that the thing that makes it disturbing is that the placement looks intentional – as thought it's indicating something. At least that's how I see it. I would guess though that it's entirely coincidental.

comment by Justin at 06:59 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

An amazing shot. I am jealous. Isn't that the best kind of shot?

comment by Robert at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

My first impression was Dali. The broken plastic fork is a common object, but as you said, the physical arrangement seems like it has a message (just unknown).

comment by chiara at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

Very interesting composition. I like it

comment by m i k e b at 07:36 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

This is fantastic. Great detail and I love the contrast of the white spoon against the vivid rust.

comment by EssPea | Photography at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

Very gritty texture, the fork almost looks metallic which makes you wonder how it broke like that if it is made of metal...

comment by Jukka at 07:51 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

There´s so much to see, if you´re willing to watch.

comment by MikesRightBrain at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

I agree ... definitely disturbing because it seems intentional when it wasn't. Come to think of it, it really seems that way because, well, how the heck does a fork get severed like that? For me they always break at the tines. Fascinating, existential question!

comment by Mary at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

I like it. And, I'll have to agree, the placement does look intentional. But, I can also see how anyone could have stumbled across this. The bordered version reminds me of a VanDyke over a Cyanotype. I prefer the non-bordered version. Great contrast and texture.

comment by goon at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

same here: the border really distract my eye with grey color, where there is already so much to see of rust and blue...

comment by Crash at 10:04 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

ack! broken! nice texture on the rock

comment by Jennifer at 10:26 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

Fab colours and textures. Keep thinking of Ronnie Barker though!

comment by Jamey at 11:12 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2006

Hmm... As one of the critics last time you used borders, I'm not sure what to think. I definitely think it works better here than it did before but I still prefer it without, if I'm honest.

comment by matt at 01:13 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

not a fan of this one im afraid, lacks subject matter.

comment by Lanae at 02:35 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

My first thought was Dali also (especially with the border, which I favor with this particular image). I think the composition is great, for some reason it gets my heart pumping.

comment by bjorn at 04:07 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

great shot, and agree with goon, it doesn't need a border there's enough to look at without it

comment by croz at 04:12 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Can't stick borders personally...of any kind especially regional and national ones... I like the image though.. the brown rust reminds me of gravy...in a bizarre way 'Where's my fork and knife?'

comment by Sharla at 05:36 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Great shot! Love the composition and colors, the framing (hate the border version). Those forks always break but it's usually tine-by-tine, which does make this particular find suspicious but I trust you completely. I credit it to that darn luck you have and your wonderful eye for catching it. The itty bits really make the shot, like broken-fork-scatter, but I don't see that they really came from this fork. The rusted background could be a pic by itself!

comment by KK at 09:04 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Quite dramatic, and such rich colours.

comment by Roy at 11:17 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

For this, the negative border works, and I think it improves the composition and gives an already somewhat surreal image (cf. 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe') an extra edge (sorry about that...)

comment by Sysagent at 12:57 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

David it doesn't need the border...

Awesome photograph and you must be looking around at 360degrees all the time to spot something like this, I particularly like the processing on the image as the rust colours are very authentic.

Also the fork looks like its got a mind of its own like Killdozer or something.

comment by Kelvin at 01:53 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Borderless is the way to go. Let the background or the frame do the surrounding.

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 02:45 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Very unique and very, very cool. I really like the rusty background! Thumbs up!

comment by Darnkess at 05:28 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

As always David, super strong composition. The colors/tones are great.

A very very good photography!

comment by Peter at 06:44 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

I love how sharp you can always get the details. The grimy background seems to round out the scene well, and as you said, the positions of the pieces of fork look intentional. Really great shot.

I think that borders can work for certain pictures, depending on the subject of the photo. I feel the fork almost frames the picture by itself.

comment by djn1 at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

Thanks everyone, and borderless it shall remain ;-)

comment by Ash at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2006

like the experimentation....after all, isn't presentation half of it?

comment by Rob at 05:55 AM (GMT) on 10 July, 2006

I really love this and intended to comment before I read yours. It stands out for me as a bit different for you and I like that. It works better in the phlog without the border. I like the bordered version also but it seems more appropriate for a print or wall or something. I'm not against processing in any way but find it distracting when the processing is obvious within a photoblog post. Some of the vignetting you've been doing has been that way for me and maybe that's why I found this attractive. It's so interesting just as it is.

comment by prasoon at 09:12 AM (GMT) on 10 July, 2006

wow - its the most stunning capture i have seen since long i must say !!

comment by Masoud at 02:48 AM (GMT) on 15 July, 2006

it's a beautiful shot. both the borderless and with border ones. depending on the time of the day, one can be preferred :)