Bob Barley  

Love Life by Bob Barley

July 2021 - Love Life

About the Image(s)

Wandering through an alley on a quiet Sunday morning, I found this scene. I like the colors and the repetitive shapes. I didn’t do a lot of editing. Just a slight tilt refinement and a crop in Snapseed. I may have added a small vignette, but I don’t exactly remember.

10 comments posted

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
I can't decide whether I like this image better with or without the part door on the left. Removing it and cropping tighter on the left provides a "cleaner" image, but also changes the feeling tone for me. The image certainly gives us something to think about, artistically and socially.   Posted: 07/01/2021 13:09:37
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. The crop was intentional for both composition and for context. It's good that it makes viewers think.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:33:29

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Another idea: Leave the left side as you have it and crop some of the negative space on the right side. Crop; almost to the numbers and the white painting marks.

If you really want to be radica,l crop both sides and put the emphasis on the door painting, junk on the ground and the dumpster panting and numbers on the right.

I love the image. Great find. You are brave to walk down alleys. But use sure come up with neat images. Jerry
  Posted: 07/01/2021 15:30:03
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. The crop was intentional for both composition and context.

Walking in alleys is reasonably safe here and on Sunday mornings, it is mostly quiet. There are places I won't go, of course.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:36:08

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Very unique photo. I like how the door on the left and dumpster on the right serve as frames for the drawing. You have included enough of these items to let the viewer know what they are. Nicely done.   Posted: 07/05/2021 09:21:19
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thanks, Dave, for your comments. You understand why I cropped the image like I did. I wanted to show more than the door. Just photographing someone else's art isn't proper. Showing the context relieves that tension. That's a whole discussion for another time.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 13:30:38

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I like your composition as it gives it a place. There is no doubt you are in an alley with the dumpster, stained pavement, garbage and then a beautiful art piece to remind us to Love Life. It's often hard to love life when you are in squalid conditions. Nicely seen and photographed.   Posted: 07/12/2021 19:45:11
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your kind comments. When I found the scene, my thoughts were the much the same as yours.   Posted: 07/13/2021 12:03:52

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Great find on the boy and sign. Grungy alley contrasts with message in poster which makes the image work.There is a lot of dumpster there...maybe crop to the start of the numbers and remove the white spot on the edge.   Posted: 07/17/2021 18:40:46
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. As I mentioned replying to previous comments, the crop was intentional. I suppose our personal preferences apply when we edit our images. Thank you for the suggestions.
  Posted: 07/17/2021 21:45:45


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