Renee Schaefer  

Henna Woman and the Monk by Renee Schaefer

May 2020 - Henna Woman and the Monk

May 2020 - Renee Schaefer


About the Image(s)

I took this image in Morocco in March. I loved the graffiti on the wall and felt like I was so lucky to catch the Monk walking through the alley. I got home and realized the Monk was in shadows and could not be seen, but still liked the Henna Tattoo Lady. I converted it to black and white in hopes of making her dynamic and lightened him to bring out some of his features.

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6 comments posted

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
This is a really powerful image. You have tidied it up nicely and the full mono treatment works well. You have retrieved the detail well from the Monks clothes. The monk is well positioned om the bottom left to balance with the eyes of the woman.
"If only" the monk had just looked up!
  Posted: 05/03/2020 03:58:01

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Love the conversion to black and white. Nice job of bring up the shadows. The archway framing sets a unique lead into the eyes of the lady. I loved Morocco. Glad you got to see it before the "shelter in place" order.   Posted: 05/08/2020 07:42:43

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Your monochrome treatment and tidying up of the image has been very effective, and the eyes of graffiti lady create a very strong centre of attention. The monk needed careful treatment to bring out the detail in his dress and face, and you have achieved it very successfully.   Posted: 05/08/2020 10:01:11

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
A beautiful image. It seems to send a message (although I don't know what). I love the strong black lines against the white background, the contrasts.The monk adds to the overall attraction of the image.   Posted: 05/09/2020 16:40:39

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
This is really nice in many ways; composition, story and the editing to enhance Henna and bring back the monk. Well done!   Posted: 05/15/2020 12:34:33

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Aha, so here is a graffiti shot that includes context, and I am learning how my own previous photos I wish I had included someone walking by. I really like the thought of the contrasting social values of a monk and a henna artist; good catch. This reminds me almost of a charcoal sketch, and I like your monochrome choice. I would wonder if there is a way to lighten more the monk's face, because he is overwhelmed by the woman's face. Very interesting, and intriguing.   Posted: 05/19/2020 17:50:57