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I had hoped that this week’s Photo Friday theme would be something I could use this image for, but the theme is Clean so I don’t think this one is overly suitable. That said I do know what I want to use for this theme, I just haven’t managed to take a version of it yet that I’m happy with.

As for this shot: the initial inspiration for this shot was a photograph of an inverted white-board at chromogenic.net – an interesting study in colour and detail. That shot got me thinking about the various ways in which written text is used for display purposes, and it struck me that a blackboard was a potentially interesting topic.

All my attempts at a straight shot though really didn’t manage to convey what I think is most interesting about this subject; i.e. it’s tendency to record some sort of history of the way in which it’s used – the hint of previous text, and the gentle swirls of partially erased chalk. So, this shot was the net result, a change of (colour) balance to highlight this aspect of the subject.

And if anyone’s interested; the calculation on the board (and I did have to ask about this) is part of a calculation of an inverse sine where the answer is a complex number, i.e. it’s an example of complex analysis.

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Canon G5
12.00pm on 8/3/04
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comment by chikuichi at 02:05 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

This is favorite!

comment by Houser at 02:32 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

Really great shot once again. I like the color shift you put on the image.

comment by click at 02:57 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

Of the two shots I would say that yesterdays was my favorite...hands down. When I read your comments, I was able to appreciate this one much more and I think my liking for it grew. But I think that we can both agree that a REALLY GREAT photo (subject to personal opinion) is the one that speaks to you or illicits something the second you lay eyes on it. As opposed to something that has to be explained.

Perhaps one could get that "passing of time" feeling if some of the material was partially erased...or if it was history instead of math...(math is prettier though). All the same, I still think that this shot is pretty and I would love for you to try and use the blackboard to portray the complexity you described once more.

Love your work!

comment by rusto at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2004

This looks like the inside of my brain: I just finished reading David Foster Wallace's book, "Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity"...still trying to figure some of it out!

comment by myla at 04:36 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

For some reason I can see Russell Crowe standing off to the side of this :) -- the colors in this and the lighting make something that I'd normally find mundane oddly beautiful.

comment by djn1 at 10:59 AM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Thanks everyone.

comment by Mikee at 07:06 PM (GMT) on 13 March, 2004

Great photo. I really like the color and mood. Textures are awesome.

comment by jane at 11:20 PM (GMT) on 16 March, 2004

the memories of Steve Simpson and hungover RDA lectures are flooding back. This image evokes so many memories and emotions for me and the detail of the wiped over board is perfectly haunting. Great stuff!