Brian Swinyard, PPSA  

Two Deck Chairs by Brian Swinyard, PPSA

January 2020 - Two Deck Chairs

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Best wishes to you all for a Happy New Year. My offering this month is simply an image I took of two deck chairs on a beach in Cyprus several years ago which I have converted to a negative. I have always had a passion for negatives and in this case, I particularly like the complementary colours from the original and the idea of white shadows.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
Hi Brian, I hadn't realised that it was a negative at first! I was wondering how you got the white behind the chairs!!! I really like the effect because the rest of the image could get away with us thinking it was a positive! Phill   Posted: 01/14/2020 05:34:01
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Phillipa, Thank you for your kind words. The white shadows behind the chairs are the inverted versions of the black shadows in reality. Similarly, the other white areas in front of and to the side of the deck chairs are actually reversed shadows of piles of sand. I have always been fascinated by negatives and how they reduce the world to an empirical level yet retain intelligible visual cues. FYI, one of the projects that I did at University was to look at 'Landscapes viewed as monochrome negatives'.   Posted: 01/25/2020 10:06:58

Joan Field   Joan Field
The chairs I like, not so sure about the white shadows, although they pick up the colors of the foam in the waves. Great composition and colors. I would have loved to see the original with the original colors. Your reversal works well here, although, as I said, the white shadows are not turning me on. I, too, love using reversals. You may have seen this one that I entitled "Oriental Egret"   Posted: 01/25/2020 13:35:05
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Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
An excellent example of reversing for interest. I'd like to see this with more color removed from the main image, so it would be monochrome with the colored chairs.   Posted: 01/31/2020 11:03:55