Karl Leck  

Clouds by Karl Leck

October 2020 - Clouds

About the Image(s)

I'm going with straight photography this month. We were visiting Vermont last year and went to an outdoor concert at a hilltop church on a beautiful afternoon. I lay on the lawn listening to the music and making photos of the passing clouds with a 16-70mm lens. One image included the head of the person sitting next to me. I liked the "What are you doing?" expression and wind ruffled hair. 'Clouds' is not a portrait. It's unposed and in-the-moment real. It's beauty for me was nature and the thought clouds emanating into the firmament.

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Karl, this is a really interesting and original combination of subjects, not at all ordinary. Does this owe a reference to Stieglitz's Equivalents photographs?   Posted: 10/03/2020 20:58:17
Karl Leck   Karl Leck
I was never a big fan of Steiglitz's Equivalents. I didn't feel they had enough content to satisfy me. Perhaps that's why I chose this image with a person in it. On the other hand, I do like paredolia where we imagine shapes of familiar things in clouds, wood grain, moon, ice formations, etc.
Karl   Posted: 10/04/2020 13:47:36
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thank you, that is very interesting.   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:51:45

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Karl, this is a remarkable image. Those penetrating eyes instantly grab my attention, and have a very creepy affect that is reinforced by her hair and that off blue jacket. All that contrasts dramatically with those wonderful clouds each of which reveals playful sprites. I thought the image might also look great in monochrome since the blue of the jacked in my eye jarred with the beautiful blue of the sky. So I took it into LR and converted it. To my surprise the monochrome image had lost all of the edge. I returned to the original color version and realized that those dissonant colors are essential to the images affect. I really like this image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 19:19:35

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Very interesting and engaging photo! I see the person and his (her?) expression and character as the subject of the photo. But I think the sky and clouds give a placement and a contrast of "peace" versus the "skepticism" in the expression.   Posted: 10/18/2020 17:58:15

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Karl...this one certainly gives rise to some thought. I struggle to see the clouds as the extremely strong face and unsettling eyes command my total attention. His/her face is very unsettling. The clouds and the face are a complete juxtaposition, but I just can't get involved with the clouds...the face commands my attention and draws me immediately away. A rather provocative image!   Posted: 10/20/2020 02:33:05


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