John Hackett  

The Observer by John Hackett

November 2020 - The Observer

About the Image(s)

This was taken at Batemans, the former home of Rudyard Kipling. A carving of Kipling has been made of an old tree stump, and I tried to capture it as he looked over the garden and house.

4 comments posted

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi John,
A very nicely composed image! I like the black & white treatment. The contrast helps bring attention to the house & to the carving. Also, had you considered cropping out a bit more of the forest to the right of the house? (when looking at the image)...this might draw the viewer to the house & statue even more. Similarly, had you considered cropping out some of the brush behind the statue?
Norm   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:10:15

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I am seeing the world through all of our photographer's pictures. I have not traveled much, so it is exciting!

Monochrome suits this historical subject and including the carving of Kipling looking on makes the picture more memorable. You could crop a little of the brush behind the carving but I think the carving would be too close to the edge. As presently composed, the golden spiral overlay fits perfectly around the carving. The tall hedge on the right of the picture appears to me as pointing to the house. I like the picture as it is.

  Posted: 11/11/2020 14:41:35

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
A nice job of telling the story in one picture. You needed the statue and the house. It is always hard to tell what the other options were for an image, but I might of preferred if the shot was from somewhere to the right of where you were standing. I would like to see a little more of the front of the statue and get the hedge out from in front of the house a bit. Perhaps some trees would then block the view of the house.   Posted: 11/18/2020 09:06:40

Harriet Ciccone
Black and white really suits this image- good choice. I would agree with the comments that a tighter crop would bring more attention to the statue and to the manor.   Posted: 11/22/2020 10:54:24


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