M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA  

Dune Studies #28 by M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA

November 2020 - Dune Studies #28

November 2020 - M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This is one of the images shot recently in continuation of my pursuit to make a thematic panel. It is different from the earlier work as I have used the footprints of the inhabitants of the desert as a design element apart from textural ingredient to complement the dune. Settings were F13 at 1/400 sec at 105mm focal. Shot on my Canon 5DM2 with 24-105mm F4 lens. Image has a two pixel dark stroke and a mid grey frame. Your opinion.

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9 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
This is very interesting and takes a second, third, fourth etc look to see everything. The foot prints are quite dynamic. The shading on the rolling foreground looks like nude bodies lined up together, arms raised and all facing to the left. I am conflicted with the top/background as to whether it adds to or detracts from the overall impact. The beauty and interest is in the foreground and I feel there is little interest in the background and sky on the other hand the background and sky do not over take the image either.

The color image looks very different with sharp ridges and after seeing the color image, it becomes difficult to see the smooth rolling I first saw in the B&W. After looking hard I can switch between seeing the ridges as sharp edges and smooth rolling ridges.

Overall a very strong and impactful image.   Posted: 11/17/2020 13:25:58
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Dave. I agree I was also in a bit of confusion of the sky and the top. But I didnt want to box it and create a compactness in that zone, hence left it.   Posted: 11/24/2020 02:06:24

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Good day, Mohammed.

This is very well executed: from the square format to the creativity with light, shadow and texture. Though the footprints do add another interesting detail for viewers, (I like that), I also wish this scene had been captured without it.

The Plain Sky, Mountain Landscape, and (wishfully footprint free) large Sand Dune foreground, present a very deep and (almost falling away) perspective that is very abstract and of course, feels perfect as a BW rendering.

Well visualized and captured, Mohammed.   Posted: 11/18/2020 09:20:14
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Lance. Very kind of you to comment here and indeed I should state here that usually I avoid footprints of men and animals and I consider them a nuisance in my approach to the dune landscape.But I tried this one as I was mesmerized by the footprints juxtaposed with the dune lines. I tried something different though this is not my approach usually and also it may not gel well with the other work. But then I did want to give it a twist and do much more! Thanks for passing by.   Posted: 11/24/2020 02:08:56

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
This image is wonderful, striking, schizophrenic, disturbing - I can't decide which. The geography seems as if it has been manipulated, the foreground seems too steep. The dunes in the foreground appear to be a tableau of naked bodies, as Dave commented, and everytime I look they 'jump' so that I can't get a steady quiet view of them. The animal tracks are both interesting and distracting. Your conversion to b/w is very well done but the frame adds to the 'surreal' impression. Maybe I'm just a dirty old man but this looks to me to be much more than a simple landscape.
The color version looks like a landscape and is easier to view but much less interesting.
If I saw this image on the wall in a gallery it is the one I would go to first and spend the most time with.
  Posted: 11/18/2020 12:20:07
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Many thanks Larry. It gives great satisfaction when you instill in the viewer the emotions or thoughts you anticipate. Indeed this one is very different from my usual work and the intent was to disturb and distract (you said it right schizophrenic) but at the same time make one ponder and be engrossed with the maze. Many thanks for your kind words.   Posted: 11/24/2020 02:11:46

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Mohammed, Your landscape images continue to capture my undivided attention. My traveling days are really about over and when I see your work, I am totally enthralled.

The bottom 3/4 of the image looks like a huge steep incline but I am not sure? It would be a very hard climb yet the footprints there and really are a great part of the image and wonderment.

Love this image! Jerry   Posted: 11/23/2020 06:03:54
M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Thank you Jerry. You are always an inspiration. The bottom zone is not as steep as one is interpreting here. It is about 10-12 feet high and probably it is the perspective that makes one assume it to be larger than reality. The climb would be steep slightly steep but not difficult. Thanks.   Posted: 11/24/2020 02:40:33

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Mohammed, when we see a picture, we can immediately say it is a picture of you. You have your style and the capacity fo fix some landscapes. Can you organize a trip for the group 39 members...? Thanks in advance.
I agree with the comment of David. this is a beautiful picture, but If we (with your permission) take away the dunes and the sky, it is a great image that appeals, challenges those who look at it. That is important.   Posted: 11/26/2020 03:15:12