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Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 8th, 2010, 02:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,046
Posted By Nigel Allan
I am lost Michael. I realise English might not be...

I am lost Michael. I realise English might not be your mother tongue, but I am not sure I understand what you are trying to say. If, like music, you mean that an image has a 'groove' when all the...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 29th, 2009, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,386
Posted By Nigel Allan
I agree and I think the key here is the word...

I agree and I think the key here is the word premeditation as opposed to 'post-meditation' or trying to manipulate the jpeg or raw file to 'squeeze' as much imagery and 'content' out of it as...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 29th, 2009, 04:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,386
Posted By Nigel Allan
Hear, hear...and I think this brings us neatly...

Hear, hear...and I think this brings us neatly back to the genesis of this discussion - reliance on a good 'eye' more than equipment, post processing or any other crutch to make our pictures appear...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 29th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,386
Posted By Nigel Allan
Sometimes, Alain, 'nothing' is more attractive...

Sometimes, Alain, 'nothing' is more attractive than the over-Photoshopped vomit I see in some UK 'photography' magazines. Just my opinion. No one has to agree :)
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 02:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,661
Posted By Nigel Allan
Nicolas - I like you ;)

Nicolas - I like you ;)
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 01:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,661
Posted By Nigel Allan
I think he is saying that a picture needs a...

I think he is saying that a picture needs a visual hook like a hook or catchy melody in a memorable song that you can't get out of your head and which makes you want to play it over and over again in...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 22nd, 2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,386
Posted By Nigel Allan
I understand the sentiment, Asher, but I doubt...

I understand the sentiment, Asher, but I doubt you have a 1 in 100-500 strike rate for keepers. I am sure your strike rate is much better than this unless you are firing off at random at 5FPS in a...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 22nd, 2009, 04:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,034
Posted By Nigel Allan
The problem with this is that they have used...

The problem with this is that they have used relative terms to describe the meaning of pornography. 'Obscene' is relative and so is 'little or no artistic merit' - both these descriptions are value...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 20th, 2009, 02:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,034
Posted By Nigel Allan
This was meant as a kind of philosophical...

This was meant as a kind of philosophical discussion with these concepts being discussed dispassionately and conceptually in terms of how they communicate their message from the creator to the viewer...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
regardless of the title, I like the black and...

regardless of the title, I like the black and white version better for its bleak portrayal of November...and now the fence doesn't detract, it adds IMHO

At the risk of sounding patronizing, which...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 11:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
Asher, you always bring a smile to my face as you...

Asher, you always bring a smile to my face as you always seem to try and dig deeper and want more.

Maybe you are right, there may be different components which set off different signals in our...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
I agree Rachel. Sometimes I find it hard to give...

I agree Rachel. Sometimes I find it hard to give a title that conveys meaning but have to because the environment requires it so I struggle to come up with something which I feel adds to the image in...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 05:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
Smile Michael makes an interesting point. Composition...

Michael makes an interesting point. Composition is a conscious decision usually made before you click the shutter. I don't think many of us shoot at random and think "I'll crop it later" to convey a...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 01:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
hmmm...I'm not sure I agree here, Asher The...

hmmm...I'm not sure I agree here, Asher

The original question was how should this be cropped? I didn't feel I could contribute there because I felt that whichever way you crop it the title of the...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 16th, 2009, 08:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,334
Posted By Nigel Allan
I must say I agree with Charlie. I hadn't read...

I must say I agree with Charlie. I hadn't read the title very carefully and only when he pointed out the name did I realise that a lighthouse had anything to do with this. I thought it was a tree...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 12th, 2009, 09:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
There's my good old English irony at work for ya...

There's my good old English irony at work for ya :)
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 12th, 2009, 08:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
Fahim, It may be many things, and I appreciate...

Fahim,
It may be many things, and I appreciate we all have different tastes (which are also coloured by our cultural background), but, like it or loathe it, I suspect it was not a snapshot. The word...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 12th, 2009, 05:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
Smile I guess I am not human then :) giggle Rachel...

I guess I am not human then :) giggle

Rachel I don't get upset by discussion. If we can't as adults discuss things without getting emotional and defensive over our position and taking offence over...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 12th, 2009, 02:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
This seems to be triggering responses in people...

This seems to be triggering responses in people due to their particular cultural, gender or religious bias and 'judging' whether the picture is 'right' or 'wrong' from their particular moral...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
That depends on whether 'art' (whatever that is)...

That depends on whether 'art' (whatever that is) has anything to do with cultural mores, or personal religious views or whatever filter you choose to view it through

In the Victoria and Albert...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
Rachel, with respect, you are filtering this...

Rachel, with respect, you are filtering this through your 21st century value system and sensibilities and prejudices about how you believe women 'should' be portrayed instead of seeing it for what it...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 06:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
Yes it does, but the eyes are important to this...

Yes it does, but the eyes are important to this picture. I would argue that Hurrell brought out the parts which were important in HIS picture. I have looked at his picture again just now and like it...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,828
Posted By Nigel Allan
Smile Giggle :) LOL By the way, I have to ask,...

Giggle :) LOL

By the way, I have to ask, When you say delightful image, should I take that literally or ironically?
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 01:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
Rachel I would argue that this photo of Jean...

Rachel I would argue that this photo of Jean Harlow is not just a shot of a lifeless mannequin but captured who she was and what she represented to many people, which in her case is a curvy womanly...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 01:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,828
Posted By Nigel Allan
Aah, but it is not neutral. That would imply that...

Aah, but it is not neutral. That would imply that it was shot at random with no intent. It was spotted and captured. Unless we are monkeys just firing off randomly most of us exercise some intent...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 10th, 2009, 02:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By Nigel Allan
I am not familiar with his work and this is the...

I am not familiar with his work and this is the first I have seen, however why must a 'portrait' be about showing a face or eyes per se?

When I think of Jean Harlow I think of a sex-bomb. I think...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 8th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,034
Posted By Nigel Allan
Smile I agree, Asher, which is why censorship is a...

I agree, Asher, which is why censorship is a dangerous thing because it draws an arbitrary line about what is acceptable and imposes a set of values which might not be shared by all.

I guess if...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 8th, 2009, 05:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,034
Posted By Nigel Allan
I think your title of this thread is a little...

I think your title of this thread is a little misleading and it plays into the pre-conceived prejudices around the word pornography "let's ban eveything"

Pornography is a loaded word and very few...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 7th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,828
Posted By Nigel Allan
Smile Here is the original shot unchanged apart from a...

Here is the original shot unchanged apart from a little sharpening. For me, the visual metaphor is about sex quite simply with the post representing a phallus and the undulating handrails...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 7th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,828
Posted By Nigel Allan
Exploiting the grand Metaphor, Life as a Journey!

I sometimes try and see interesting pictures in things that others just pass by. The graphical nature of therailings for this footpath leading down to the Thames struck me as interesting for how they...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 7th, 2009, 06:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,034
Posted By Nigel Allan
In this post, copied from the thread on Favorite...

In this post, copied from the thread on Favorite Photographers, here (http://www.openphotographyforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7453), Nigel makes a point that all art might be considered porn!...
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