Andy Patterson  

Bill by Andy Patterson

January 2022 - Bill

About the Image(s)

A friend’s father in his 90s in hospice and near end of life. I was taking photos for my friend, but liked this one in particular for the story it gives. I did no special post-processing. I could probably “fade out” or blur the background more, but I didn’t think it was necessary (I am of course open to comments on that).

Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III at 1/125 f4 at about 100mm with ambient lighting.

9 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
It certainly expresses a moment. The background is not too distracting, but applying a minor vignette might help too.
I keep wondering if you could have got one with the hand slightly moved so that that at least one of the eyes was partly visible, if this might have given us even more impact.   Posted: 01/10/2022 21:53:35
Andy Patterson
I see your point about the hand/eye. I also like, though, that the eye is not visible. I think they would be 2 entirely different photos! He was pretty out of it at this time--certainly responsive, but slow--like he was shutting down (which he was).   Posted: 01/14/2022 00:13:09

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I agree with Bob that a slight view on one of the eyes would have given more impact and a more personal feeling (now the image is very anonymous and you do not really feel a connection). Also agree with a slight vignette, you could try that. Nice image!   Posted: 01/12/2022 01:50:31

Christine Perry   Christine Perry
Big fan of human interest images… They're genuine and in the moment, which is a point in time that cannot be duplicated! Sure, a partial eye would add a connection, but I can still feel his anguish with both eyes covered. This would look wonderful as a black and white or greyscale monochrome vignette. Great image!   Posted: 01/12/2022 07:36:09
Andy Patterson
Yes, I think B&W would work well too! Thank you for that comment.   Posted: 01/14/2022 00:14:29

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Yes, you have captured a moment and portray his despair - What is life all about? What's left for me?

So I do find it of journalistic interest but perhaps not fine art.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:39:56
Andy Patterson
Right, it was not meant as fine art! I think it was not actually despair (as much as it looks like it could be), but rather "the end." Not as a bad thing, but just that he was near the end of his journey and is transitioning to whatever the next step is.   Posted: 01/14/2022 00:16:44

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
This is an unusual and intriguing portrait. I like it as it is because of the feeling it transmits. My only suggestion is to blur the picture behind him a little, so it doesn't compete with his hair.   Posted: 01/12/2022 17:53:05
Andy Patterson
Thanks--I think I do agree, some blur and/or some toning out of the background would be better.   Posted: 01/14/2022 00:17:35


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