Jose Luis Rodriguez  

The Painter by Jose Luis Rodriguez

September 2020 - The Painter

About the Image(s)


An image that caught my attention inside an old church, wandering through the colonial city.

7 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hello, Jose!

A fine example of capturing the "Space" to define the location or "Place". (Good Directors of Photography in movies and Television can make an ordinary shot be more engaging and informative by backing-off with a wider lens...I drive my wife crazy while we watch movies and TV shows!! LOL!!)

I am guessing this scene is natural; a vernacular of the life and pulse within this city? Can you add some more information about the location?

The shot is very "Gary Winogrand" as we can begin to interpret what is actual happening here: is the man visiting the artist or actually the subject.

Technically, I feel it captures the mood/lighting very well, however, a slight increase "Dodging" of the interior could prove beneficial, but surely not necessary.

In any case, well captured, Jose! :)   Posted: 09/08/2020 07:21:54
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

I like the framing of this image.

It is fascinating the different sets of eyes looking at the man being painted: you with your camera, the artist, and the poster of Christ. Each sees something different and is immortalizing the scene.

What a fascinating capture.   Posted: 09/09/2020 16:44:46
Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Hello Judith, yes , certainly a compendium of looks. A They have put a picture of me in the showcase of the groups. I invite you to see it   Posted: 09/17/2020 09:18:03
Judith Ponti-Sgargi   Judith Ponti-Sgargi

Your showcase image. Your lighting is superb and the title is so well chosen. You have really captured her spirit.

JPS   Posted: 09/17/2020 10:00:33
Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Thanks Judith, that image gave me a few joys in contests a couple of years ago   Posted: 09/17/2020 10:14:08
Jose Luis Rodriguez   Jose Luis Rodriguez
Thanks Lance, it really is a streetphoto shot I was passing with a student through that little street and I saw the scene and I was automatically intrigued, I don't know if I was painting it, if it was a couple of friends talking, but if it caught my attention that in that space (it is an old chapel converted into a youth house), it simply caught my attention and took the image including the walls.   Posted: 09/17/2020 09:18:57

Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Lovely image Jose. Lighting is right for the scene I think, relaxed and comfortable feeling. I like that it evokes questions about the story that is happening. Who is the man, why the portrait being painted, if that is what is happening.
I think it might be nice if the cross on the wall on the left was not cut off on the left. Also I might, if this is not being used as journalistic image, get rid of the stacking chairs against the wall in the back. A nit pik I know but these were distracting for me. It's a great capture.   Posted: 09/17/2020 23:30:42


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