May Meng  

Scream by May Meng

September 2020 - Scream

About the Image(s)

Details: Eos 5D MarkIV F1/14 , T1/25

Thoughts: I actually shot this in July on the street to find a museum that has some promotion for new exhibitions since March, it has not changed. It also feels powerful and the energy to move forward and we are getting better, so we need to scream harder!

7 comments posted

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Yes, I can see the emotional impact of this image, and feeling of anger and frustration. Edvard Munch in his famous painting "The Scream" impressionist - he made it even more abstract by twisting the image - you could easily do this so that it seems even more insane under Photoshop filters Liquify tool. I like the framing of the tree.   Posted: 09/13/2020 11:50:45

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Here is an idea that you could play around with the liquify tool.   Posted: 09/13/2020 11:58:08

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi May, Your images provoke multiple thoughts and reactions. This one gives the impression of a person screaming in a large void because of all the blank area on the sides. If those side areas were cropped out, it would be a more intimate/personal scream. Another interpretation would be to have the foreground tree in focus and the poster out of focus but visible giving the feeling of screaming in the distance. Your pictures are like a discussion prompt in a therapy session. Karl   Posted: 09/16/2020 09:22:21

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Hi May, For me this image looks like overwhelming anguish. While the man's arms aren't in the picture, I could imagine him tearing the tree into two in an effort to move forward to a peaceful scene beyond his reach. Your use of black and white keeps me focused on the subject. Are those ginko leaves to the right?   Posted: 09/18/2020 19:22:06

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi intriguing image as ever. I like the way you have framed the poster and it works well in B&W. Perhaps you intended the subject to be out of focus, but it makes me just a little uncomfortable looking at it for too long. I liked Karl's final comment.....I imagine they could be!   Posted: 09/19/2020 00:49:55

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
My first thought was that the scream was framed by an ancient symbol of resilience: a Ginkgo tree. The two shadows on the bottom right nearest the poster suggest to me a mother holding the hand of a child. The shadow to the right of them is perhaps a portal. Are they might be walking towards the shadows of Ginkgo leaves, or towards the portal. Or perhaps they are contemplating the two choices. The scream is directed towards the shadow of the portal on the lower left. The untextured white background places the scene in a timeless void. Choices.   Posted: 09/20/2020 13:47:13

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Very powerful! I see the anguish in the scream, and I am interested in the black mask (?) over the eyes, and I like the V frame of the tree. I find the shadows in the Lowrys portion to be distracting, however, as well as the lack of focus.   Posted: 09/25/2020 16:08:52


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