Nadia Trevan  

Are you ok? by Nadia Trevan

July 2024 - Are you ok?

July 2024 - Nadia Trevan


July 2024 - Nadia Trevan

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About the Image(s)

I saw this kangaroo on the ground when I visited the Zoo a few months ago and
imagined his/her fellow kangaroos coming over and asking him/her if he/she was ok. The saying Are
You Ok is a campaign in Australia to help people recognise depression and ask them if they are ok. I
think the kangaroo was having a nap.

3 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Nadia, Congratulations on creating a composite image that looks natural and believable. The strength of this for me is in the overall storyline. The largest kangaroo lying on the grass and appearing to be reflecting and perhaps praying. The other two kangaroos add a gloss to the story in their looking towards the main character. The expression and orientation of the central kangaroo is priceless. The storyline is completed with the duck in the background waddling over to see what is going on and whether it can help. The addition of the fence in the background creates the illusion that the four subjects are enclosed and under control. On reflection, I wondered whether the image would be stronger without the duck, as below.   Posted: 07/10/2024 13:28:17
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Nadia Trevan   Nadia Trevan
Hi Brian, thank you for your kind and thoughtful feedback on Kangaroo composite. My thoughts about the duck was as yours, that it was coming over to see what was going on. As a matter of fact, I had another duck that looked like it might have been talking to the main character but decided not to include it. The idea behind the fence was to suggest that the enclosure might be the cause of the depression as kangaroos run wild and free. Taking the duck out does work but I thought it added to the notion that "we're all in it together" that is in the enclosure. I like your take on it as well.   Posted: 07/11/2024 05:28:28

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
I have nothing much to add to Brian's comprehensive critique. I too love the expression of the middle kangaroo. It could be saying " Can I have a turn in that nice hollow?" But I think your "Are you O K?" is better.   Posted: 07/12/2024 06:24:25


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