love is a dog from hell

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  1. motcon

    motcon TPF Noob!

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    the title of a collection of poems by Charles Bukowski. if you've read any of it, you'll probably immediately understand what human elements i'm trying to convey here. i'm interested in any thoughts on composition, tech, mood creation, etc...







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    never read the collection. but here's what comes to mind, and i'm free associating here so if i make no sense, just ignore me and scroll down to the next comment- you'll be sure to get alot for this one:

    i gotta believe you clipped the chin on purpose... hmmm....
    a girl is on his mind. poor guy- can't have her for some reason? is she out of reach? emotionally he's lost at sea; he broods...


    very power image. composition outstanding. placement of the glasses draws the viewer's eye right to the subject's eye; it's almost like looking into his mood through his glasses.

    again, i'm assuming you wanted the harsh shadows, for they add to the overall mood and i like them because of it. did you use an umbrella with a silver lining?

    so, you gonna provide a link to the collection, or at least share some of your favorite lines with us? if not, you're gonna force me to go look the guy up, 'cause now i'm curious....
     
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    I am enjoying the fact that the woman's eyes are out of the image...makes it so much more abstract. There she is, but not really; it is a suggestion of her.

    Uh-huh. :cheers: <clink> !

    Well done.
     
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    i'll reply to previous comments, but first i will share some of his work.

    alone with everybody
    the flesh covers the bone
    and they put a mind
    in there and
    sometimes a soul,
    and the women break
    vases against the walls
    and the men drink too
    much
    and nobody finds the
    one
    but they keep
    looking
    crawling in and out
    of beds.
    flesh covers
    the bone and the
    flesh searches
    for more than
    flesh.
    .
    there's no chance
    at all:
    we are all trapped
    by a singular fate.
    .
    nobody ever finds
    the one.
    .
    the city dump fills
    the junkyard fills
    the madhouses fill
    the hospitals fill
    the graveyards fill
    nothing else
    fills

    ** note: the periods (.) between are mine..to accurately space his work as hitting 'return' will not allow that on this forum)
     
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    trapped
    don't undress my love
    you might find a mannequin;
    don't undress the mannequin
    you might find
    my love
    .
    she's long ago
    forgotten me.
    .
    she's trying on a new
    hat
    and looks more the
    coquette
    than ever.
    .
    she is a
    child
    and a mannequin
    and
    death.
    .
    i can't hate
    that.
    .
    she didn't do
    anything unusual.
    .
    i only wanted her
    to.
     
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    thanks, Terri. *clink* baby, *clink*.



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    Osmer, you basically picked up on exactly what i wanted to convey....

    dead on. same reason i clipped her eyes and left his...

    he 'has' her, but he's not quite sure what 'having' is. is she out of reach? he is indeed lost.

    you are quite perceptive, which requires a bit of introspection. i admire that.

    i'll be happy to give the entire set up, but here is what it basically is:
    main light diffused 45 degrees from camera axis. fill light 2/3 stop less than main reflected off of a gold reflector. the shadows are definitely there, but i don't think they are 'harsh'. that's why i used a gold reflection; it softens them up quite a bit.

    thanks for the comments. i realize that this is a photog forum, but most of you know how/why i shoot......the soul...and Bukowski is elemental.
     

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