Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA  

Stark image by Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

October 2020 - Stark image

October 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

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October 2020 - Diana Magor, MPSA, APSA

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About the Image(s)

I told you I spent the Summer doing macro. One of the things I tried was paper art. This means folding paper and then lighting it in some way. This was done with white cartridge paper lit with an LED lamp which I was able to change the strength of. I moved the lamp until I was lighting just the bits I wanted bright with the rest in shadow. When I opened it in RAW, I used the dehaze slider to make it more contrasty and look sharper. I converted it to mono and then dramatically altered the contrast again to give this starkness. I like the result but would it ever do anything in competitions. I would have it on my wall! I like the imperfections in the edge of the paper as well.

10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
I have SO MANY reactions to this. Wow. Here is my list.
1. You are being true (and creative) to your Summer of macro work. Bravo. This is very interesting.
2. As usual, it is very high contrast, and looks great. I like solid black for the background, myself.
3. Good point about the imperfections at the edge--that really adds a layer of interest, coupling a completely abstract composition a bit to the reality of material.
4. I can't begin to decipher exactly what this is--it comes out entirely abstract, and I think that's fine.
5. Back to our frequent discussions about where the "stem" emerges from the frame. You obviously carefully chose to have it touch the bottom edge of the frame. Setting aside my past discussions about it coming out of the corner, I think you made a good choice for this.
6. The only thing I can add to this is to suggest that, in my view, it demands to be part of a series of six or more images, each conveying a variety of forms, but having an overall unity to the project. I don't know where you could submit such a project for competition, but I think the entire project would have more impact than a single image.   Posted: 10/06/2020 23:15:40
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
My response to your comments is also WOW. Thanks so much. As you can expect I have a number of paper art pictures so re point no 6, I could easily produce a sequence of images. Not all would be so stark but some depend on going into mono, and all are emphasising shape.
You are right about the position of the stem appearing. I liked the bottom for this.
  Posted: 10/07/2020 03:30:43

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Nice abstract image with a interesting creation. I think Stephens comments/observations are right on.   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:12:56

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Thanks again for including us in your macro world. And for me, this image is a successful pure (almost) black and white abstract image. So different from your nice straw and flower images earlier this summer.
Again, you have used the dehaze function, quite interesting.

If you are thinking of using it in a competition, why not try it in one of the many commercial photo competitions (not PSA or FIAP). Try those that are sponsored by art galleries, they are looking for images for their galleries, and may like a collection (ref Stephen's idea) of 4-6 of similar style.   Posted: 10/09/2020 09:44:59
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I have never tried anything commercial, assuming my pictures are never going to be god enough. I'll think about it.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:12:38

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I too really like the abstract you've created and your choice of where the image arises form the frame works very well. A sequence of images would be very impressive and probably would work well. Really nice abstract - congratulations!   Posted: 10/10/2020 08:04:15
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Thank you! I'm glad other people like it too.   Posted: 10/10/2020 15:47:23

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I like what Stephen said, and think that the detail on the edge of the paper really adds to the image. High contrast is helpful with this image.   Posted: 10/12/2020 11:33:46

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
(Groups 37 & 64)
As I scrolled thru this month's images, Diana, this called to me. Very graphic, minimalist and stark in its high contrast, it's my kind of image. A favorite image from my darkroom days of yore was about light and shadows on a roll of paper. I decided to make a series but never did another until what I posted last month in Group 64. Your image and this discussion encourage me to do that series.   Posted: 10/15/2020 03:44:11
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Hi -thanks for your comment. I shall look to see if I can access your last month's image. I have been working on some of my other paper photos and I am sure there are other ones I could take. It was a very satisfying effort.   Posted: 10/15/2020 09:07:26


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