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If past experience is anything to go by this probably wont be one of your favourites, but I am drawn to this type of shot.

Oh, and this one definitely looks best with the black theme.

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comment by mooch at 08:32 PM (GMT) on 10 November, 2006

Not really my sort of thing. Leaves me cold. All that I can say that I do like is the light but this image doesn't really speak to me. It's like modern art, people will scratch their chin and pretend to comprend it but I don't think they truly will. What do you see in the image Dave?

comment by SteveO at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 10 November, 2006

Exciting forthcoming events, a beercan and a 69, i wonder what all that could mean :-)

comment by Craig Judd at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 10 November, 2006

Mate, it looks like a studio shot, check out the work of www.benguest.com he has a shot of a number 49 that made me think of this entry.... However your shot is a lot less contrived and more gritty. HAve you ever played around in the studio with still life, or have you always just "happened upon" your stuff? - CJ

comment by djn1 at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 10 November, 2006

mooch: I'm not sure I can explain. On a mundane level, I like the lighting, the composition, and the restricted but vibrant colours. On a more aesthetic level: it has something to do with an interest in the decay, discarded items, the imprint of time upon disposable objects, and so on. But I'm not sure I could explain much beyond that.

SteveO: I wouldn't care to speculate, but if you're interested their website is here ;-)

Craig: I haven't used a studio (beyond setting things up on the kitchen table) and most of the shots of this nature that I've put up are things that I've found.

comment by Justin Blanton at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

Exquisite processing. I really like this one Dave.

comment by Geoff at 04:41 AM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

djn, I don't think you need to explain beyond that. That is a very eloquent description of your reasoning. I like the shot for all the same reasons. The way the light falls from the side, the colours, the ash and ragged edges. Lovely work I say.

comment by peter at 07:28 AM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

I can also appreciate why you take these decay shots, but perhaps the big challenge is how they are presented. As a study of light and texture the picture works fine, but it probably have stronger impact as part of a series. Imagine hanging 10 different decay shots on a wall as a set.

comment by Ronnie at 09:03 AM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

I definitely like this type of photograpgy!
The Colours are great, there is a story of fire, charcoal on the floor...scorched subject...
Makes you wonder what happened.
The gently stroking light coming from below-left.
Love it!

comment by John at 02:02 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

Great color and contrast, but the subject matter leaves me wanting.

comment by silbo at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

brilliant, just the sort of colour and lighting that i really like,i wonder how many so called photographers would walk past a great subject like this

comment by djn1 at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 11 November, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by Ben at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 15 November, 2006

Nice textures, and bold colours. Have to say, I too like this kind of iconic but storied subject matter...it leave's me connected to the event in someway...kind of like Daniel Kaspar's amazing work here: http://www.danielkaspar.info/iamacamera/index.php?showimage=367