Sunday, March 11, 2007

Black & White Picture Of The Week - Snow Day

10 Comments:

At March 11, 2007 at 9:33:00 AM EDT, Blogger torontopearl said...

You've certainly found yourself a new career...Mr. Photographer.

Beautiful shot!!

 
At March 11, 2007 at 2:12:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks, Pearl!!

 
At March 11, 2007 at 3:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger Alan aka Avrum ben Avrum said...

Dear ASJ,

Ma rabu ma'asecha, Ha Shem!

I remain,

Very Sincerely Yours,

Alan D. Busch

 
At March 11, 2007 at 5:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I agree. Thanks for your comment, Alan. It is good to hear from you again.

 
At March 11, 2007 at 6:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger Metal said...

it's really pretty

i read some of your posts, I'm a religious metalhead too and I think you may like my website...

www.metalisrael.com

 
At March 12, 2007 at 3:28:00 PM EDT, Blogger Veronique said...

Absolutely beautiful! In my mispent youth, I was an art critic and a curator, and it's been fun for me to watch the progression of your "eye" over the past few months. This one is great -- abstract and textural and quiet. Very nice.

 
At March 12, 2007 at 6:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger Baleboosteh said...

Wow...incredible photo, really beautiful. You photography skills are really something, you have quite a gift ASJ.

 
At March 12, 2007 at 8:02:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Metal: Thanks for the comment and the tip.

Veronique: I really appreciate your kind words. In your opinion, how has my eye developed over the past few months?

Baleboosteh: I am humbled by your words as well. It is funny, but I am not sure people know that I really don't have to much time to take these pictures since usually I am being chased by my kids and I have to run in front of them to keep them from pulling on my leg and making the camera wobble.

 
At March 12, 2007 at 9:14:00 PM EDT, Blogger Veronique said...

Regarding your photography, it is as if you have become less timid. It's a bit difficult to explain, but I'll try. The work I've seen is unified by your interest in abstract organic patterns, but in your earlier photographs it seemed like you were a bit shy to take the picture (or maybe it's just that your kids were chasing you and you had to take the picture fast!). The tonal range was narrow and you seemed to focus on shadows on flat surfaces, rather than three dimensional objects, so the work -- although lovely -- was a bit thin or, rather, flat. That has changed over time, and now there is a more pronounced sculptural or three- dimensional quality to what you are presenting. In this particular picture, the tree fills the entire frame, there is a weight and solidity to it -- and a really interesting visual tension between the roundness of the tree and the flatness of the picture plane. That visual weight is enhanced by how you've positioned the viewer underneath the branch, so there is both a sense of the downward pressure of the heavy snow on the branches and the upward movement of the lens. The picture remains abstract, but it's also fullsome and evocative -- you communicate a nice sense of the kind of the lovey peaceful, muffled quiet that a heavy snow can bring with it. In all, it's apparent that you are becoming more confident as a photographer, and so your pictures are becoming more complex, more personal and less controlled. This one in particular reminds me of early Mondrian drawings (c. 1910). It's really nice, and I look forward to seeing more.

 
At March 13, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thank you for your honest critique, Veronique.

 

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