Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  

Mirror by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

November 2021 - Mirror

November 2021 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen


About the Image(s)

This is "Mirror". I am trying to gather a set of images that would loosely fit under the theme "Connected in the Image". My approach would be to imagine places where all times exist simultaneously, and when the light is just right, connections between them are briefly revealed. I am having a lot of fun with the stories.
Here the 19th century girl in the mirror is waiting that the present-day young woman who is looking at the old photograph (of the girl in the mirror as an old woman) notices her. This was taken in a museum in a dark room with bright daylight coming from a window from the left, making awful shadows. Fuji XT-2, 22.3 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 s, ISO 5000. Hand held. Manual settings. First put it through Topaz Denoise, then tried to soften the shadows in Capture One 21 and Affinity Photo. Finally added a Soft Classic Portrait look with cyanotype toning in Silver Efex. Neither of the girls is perfectly in focus, but I dont know if it matters so much in a ghost story? All ideas on improvements are very welcome; especially about the girl in profile at the right edge.
Best wishes,

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6 comments posted

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I think this is a marvelous photograph. I kept coming back to it over the last few days. What made it so strong is that the angle you created with the camera placement makes the young woman have a different posture from that of the reflected image, so that you have created an illusion that they are different people. The expression of the young woman in the mirror is very suspicious or slightly hostile. The soft hair and the suggestion of a dimple of the actual woman hints at a pleasant relaxed expression. The photograph also adds a bit of mystery. The harsh shadows and highlights are handled very well. I'm not convinced that the blue toning is right. I have some old pictures of my father and grandfather which are brown toned with a hint of red. I think that kind of tone (not yelow sepia) might work better.   Posted: 11/17/2021 22:13:35
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks again, Al: this is how she looks in dark sepia. I think that this is just right.   Posted: 11/19/2021 01:10:01
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Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Al! I'll try the toning right away!   Posted: 11/17/2021 22:41:36

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Yes. Just right   Posted: 11/19/2021 09:21:39

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Kristi, I love your idea of the the theme "Connected in the image".
The girl in the mirror is in sharper focus than the seated girl on the right. I really like her wistful expression. The sepia tone is very good. Well done and looking forward to seeing more of this theme.
  Posted: 11/21/2021 20:51:08
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Jen! It is really fun to see the very different ways each in the group are planning to approch the theme!   Posted: 11/21/2021 23:14:00