Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP  

Geometrician by Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP

October 2021 - Geometrician

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This was a snap taken in the grounds of the Museum of Modern art in Edinburgh - a sculpture by the late Eduardo Paolozzi called Master of the Universe (naturally I called it something else). I wondered about cloning the top right hand side but didn't think that mattered. What do you think?

7 comments posted

Don Hill   Don Hill
Interesting image. I cloned the top right and it did look better, in my opinion. I also lightened up some of the shadows. One bad habit I have is shooting very tight. This image seems very tight. I am having trouble breathing. Also I wonder if you would have stepped two paces to the left if the image would have not looked so "posed". It looks like you are making a record of the statue for your scrapbook.   Posted: 10/01/2021 08:42:25
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Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I DO tend to crop too tight. I took several versions but preferred the sideways view.   Posted: 10/01/2021 09:18:16
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Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
My first reaction was that cloning out the top right was not necessary because the line of the hedge parallels the line of the lawn. But once Don did it it did seem better.
I too find your tight crops a bit claustrophobic.
On the second picture I wish the tree in the back was gone but that we had more room to the front.
This is an image where combining three views in one image would probably work great, as a way to evoke the character's intense thought. But your original image does evoke that by itself. It feels a little overexposed to me - I feel like I am missing out on texture.
A question I have for you: you take this type of picture of sculptures often. Do you simply want a record of the scultpure or are you also trying to comment on them? By re-titling I feel you want to comment. I'm not sure how one would "comment" on a sculpture when the photograph it, but if anyone could do it it would be you.
This inspires me to try to go around my town and photograph the sculptures in a "commenting" way.   Posted: 10/10/2021 05:23:11

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I am commenting. IMHO the sculpture is "master of the universe" and a 2D photograph of the figure in a pastoral environment isn't and is fair game to be called something else. I was entering it in an exhibition with a "geometry" subsection so it seemed reasonable to chance my luck with the new title. However, I could well end up with nul points as often happens.   Posted: 10/12/2021 06:32:47

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I feel pain in this picture. Probably cause my back hurts today. I like the cloning at the top. I would try something else with it like fill the frame with just the metal and seams to abstract it a bit like where he is bent over...   Posted: 10/12/2021 12:45:15

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Great geometrician! I would clone out the upper right hand side as you thought about and I would also clone out the scattered leaves. But those are minor corrections.

Alison and Catherine have interesting thoughts.   Posted: 10/12/2021 13:37:21

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I feel that shots like this of statures are very fair game for photographers, as we must manage light, angle, DOF, focal length just to get a good record shot. Then, if you are working on interpretation, perhaps there is even more to do.
I think from the shadows you might have taken this in the mid-afternoon. Perhaps an hour before sunset might have worked better to show off the interesting geometric reliefs on the body and bench. What do you think?   Posted: 10/16/2021 11:53:39


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