Richard Huang  

Heart for Freedom by Richard Huang

May 2020 - Heart for Freedom

May 2020 - Richard Huang


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EXIF: Canon 5D4, 45mm, f5.6, 1/80s, ISO 1600, on tripod, on flash.

Deion: As a photographer, I wanted to do something in such a public health crisis. I was thinking to go to downtown or hospitals to take some pictures to record the historical events. However, with concerns, I end up decided to follow the guidelines to stay at home to avoid any potential impact to my family. Then I decided to take some pictures at home. One is them is submitted this month.

This picture is taken in the basement. Then I moved the frame to the middle, and replaced the picture with an abstract cloud to express the desire of free movement. The shape of the cloud is an abstract heart, or maybe a bird if you take it that way.

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6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
What a powerful photo, Richard. Is this you? Can you discuss your process a bit more in depth? You photographed a person facing the wall, and then added the frame (its not the same frame as the two birds, right?). Had you cut out your person as a separate layer? I went to, is that where you got your art? I didn't see your heart cloud. Thanks for clarifying. I think this is a wonderful way to show a lot of different emotions, past Covid, and I'd like to know how to execute it.   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:43:59

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
Superb image, and very well processed from an original idea that I might have to steal! I love the choice of the cloud / heart / bird that the viewer has to interpret themselves.

I'm trying to find something to add but can only nit-pick on the picture frame not being straight, so have to be satisfied with just making it a bit more punchy (Topaz AI adjust)   Posted: 05/03/2020 14:04:44
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Great idea Richard and really well done. Even your conceptual art piece is a work of art in itself!

I don't have much to critique. I like Terry's idea of going for a little more contrast or "punch".

On the story of the image, for some reason I saw more of a workman than healthcare professional or stay at home covid isolator. Not sure if you reshot this if there would be a better outfit than what you have already but just thought I'd mention as that was my initial reaction.

  Posted: 05/11/2020 22:09:25
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Jason, I had the same reaction. Part of it was the thick glasses, which we don't wear here. But I agree that a crisp business shirt or nice casual shirt would have us "read" this a little more quickly without the back story.   Posted: 05/12/2020 11:54:04

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the converted photo much more than the original - very interesting. I have no suggestions for improvement.   Posted: 05/14/2020 17:50:41

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Very good composite image, Looking into current health crises your image sends a very clear message, I am impressed. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 05/21/2020 21:57:38