Joan Field, FPSA  

Chimp w with Red Balloon by Joan Field, FPSA

January 2022 - Chimp w with Red Balloon

About the Image(s)

This is part of a series I created, using a red balloon. The balloon gets away from its boy and goes to see the wold. Among many other places he visits is the San Francisco zoo. I have put him in the hands of a chimp that I photographed years ago. I used layers in Photoshop. I have tried to keep the lighting believable, but may not have succeeded. The origin photo was taken with my older Niko D300 camera. the balloon was photographed separately and also in the hands of a young boy who was visiting in my neighborhood. I was not able to find the originals or either. I drew the red cord to the balloon.

3 comments posted

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
I love his face Joan. It is as if he is saying, this is mine And nobody else is having it. I wonder how you draw the string to the balloon. I have never tried that.   Posted: 01/07/2022 02:44:51

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, I remember your balloon series from past years and the visual story that you created. In this iteration, I like the way that the red saturated balloon and ribbon stand out from the relatively colour subdued background with lower opacity. The expression on the chimp's face is priceless and I like the way that you have extended the red ribbon through the chimp's hand; this is not easy. The mottled, soft-focus background works well which creates a depth and mystery to the picture. The image works compositionally as the chimp is in the lower left quadrant and is looking 'into' the frame. The notion that the chimp is hanging on to 'his' balloon is very appealing.   Posted: 01/07/2022 10:38:32

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
What a creative idea! This is wonderful. Knowing how difficult it is to draw things like that string for me who's hand is never steady enough, I offer you kudos beyond belief. Extremely well done.   Posted: 01/18/2022 12:20:34


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