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08:43 am - erg...many, many muddy hands

muddy hands

whenever i get an image like this, that i crop:


muddy hands (2)

and then crop again,


muddy hands (3)


it's obvious that i don't have a perfect deal. well, I WANT A PERFECT DEAL. in fact, whenever i go out on a shoot, that is exactly what i'm looking for. i want something perfect -something that achieves its own sort of escape velocity. i am not a great lover of images that require neighbors for context. or of "small" pictures. of course, i have thousands of "small" gems: i have rubies and saphires and emeralds by the dozens. and i stash them in folders on my desktop. sometimes i just throw them out. why? because they're not diamonds.

a month ago when i got the acceptance from calyx, one of the images they chose was an image i have always loved, but don't consider "perfect". it's the image of the one-eyed woman holding the crow. they chose that image OVER one i think is perfect. it got me to thinking of this:

my perfect isn't your perfect.

small things are perfect in their own way; there is amazingness in non-perfection.


i tend to approach my entire life way i approach my artwork. i don't really allow for imperfection. i don't really allow for things like vacations. i want things done correctly right NOW...etc. in my race for the the perfect thing, i miss or squander piles of experiences that add depth and substance to life.

about the image i posted here, what i like about it is the light and the gesture. it doesn't look like a photo to me, but more like a painting. like a modern rendition of a caravaggio...at least in the treatment of the light relations.



I WILL BE 50 YEARS OLD TOMORROW.
:(
the magic moment when we become aware that there is more life lived than left.

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From:clairenolen
Date:September 8th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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hey there woman...;-)
did you try those in b/w?
funny how you do " real" colours now and i have problems even looking at them, because my tendency goes towards
monochrome these days.
perhaps it's my flat monitor, but the contrast looks awfully harsh ( through my greyscale-eyes).
I like the second one the best......LOLOL
muddy paws seems to be your summer theme....*g*
i played around with the second pic and gave it my "current treatment" in PS. If you want to see it, let me know and i send it via email. If not that's perfectly okay too......
i just wanted to find out whether i can make it look the way i saw it inside.....
LOVE
mia
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From:kat_manson
Date:September 8th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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the contrast IS harsh. very harsh...but i kinda like it that way...it reminds me of something but i'm not sure what.

it looks like it is taken in moonlight. i like the way the light only defines a small portion of the image: the gesture (and the ground in the top one) and i like the clarity of what IS visible.

why would you NOT send me something; it's hardly like you to keep yer mouth shut!! actually, you can post it right here if you want to. sent to email goes into the vast sea of "clairenolen" letters. -put here, it has a home with others of its kind)

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From:clairenolen
Date:September 8th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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if you only knew how often i do keep my mouth shut......LOLOL
last time i tried to quote a picture in a comment it didn't work.
i'll send it to you and you can post it here since you obviously know how to do it....;-)
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From:kat_manson
Date:September 8th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)

WHAAAAAAAAT?

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if you keep your mouth shut, i'd hate to see ya let it rip!!
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From:kat_manson
Date:September 8th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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here ya go, beautiful woman...the image you sent me. when you get this letter in your mailbox you will see how it's done. i think you already know how to do this, tho. you're much more astute with internet and computer than i am!!



i guess what i would say is that i like what you did. but i like it equal to what is already there. and i kinda dig the color. for me, it adds a surreal aspect that i really like.

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