1000 Words Showcase, Week 51
This week’s showcase brings us wonderful photos from E.Caves, René Valencia and BLACK EYED SUZY.
Big thanks for contributing to our Flickr group, 1000 Words. We hope to showcase the great diversity and beauty of the work shown to continue to inspire other mobile (connected) photographers/ artists within our community. 1000 Words is titled under the premise that “a photograph says a 1000 words.” We Are Juxt believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today. We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community.
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“Yes, I’ve killed a man before.” by E.Caves
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I enjoy sitting and talking to old people. They have an amazing story to tell. They’re frank, straight shooters, and full of wisdom. This gentleman’s story is was inspiring, heartbreaking, and full of tall tales. Who knows, maybe he has or maybe he’s never killed a man before, but the hardships of life are written all over his sun beaten skin and glossy worn out eye. Apps used: ProCamera, VSCOcam & Noir.
Action by René Valencia
Flickr // IG // EyeEm
This photo was taken on a Sunday walk at downtown Guadalajara. Behind a crowd I watched a group of boys who were doing acrobatic leaps with percussion sounds and it seemed to me like a good opportunity to take a picture with motion. I set the focus on the musician in the center for getting a very focused image and I took several pictures at the time that the boys did their jumps. I chose the best image, cut it and applied contrast with Snapseed, I removed some noise with Filterstorm and finally I applied a color filter of EyeEm that provided an interesting environment. I liked it because it reflects a cultural mosaic of my city.
Not to touch the earth by BLACK EYED SUZY
The image was inspired by hues and light I admire in retro photography. Particularly album artwork or band promo shots of a few decades ago. I used photoToaster, Vintique and Pixlromatic to edit a shot that I staged as sun was shining off water behind me. To me the light in my hair gave it that vintage vibe and I took it from there. Reminded me of the Doors song, so I kind of ran with that vibe and titled it after the song I love so much.
Rosy Cheeks by Fixit inPost
Flickr // IPA // EyeEm // VSCO
I stumbled upon this person on my way to a Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary celebration. Smiling from ear to ear, with painted rosy cheeks… I just had to take her picture. I asked her if I could take her photo and she was more than accommodating. As I was taking the photo, I couldn’t help thinking …always wear a smile and be yourself at all times. If others don’t like it, then so be it. Life is too short and you can’t please everyone, so be true to yourself and do what makes you happy.
I used 6×7 camera but ended up cropping the image to a 3:2. Then, I took the image into Snapseed and proceeded to do my usual tuning and detailing of the image. Next, I brought the image into both PhotoForge2 and Alt Photo for black and white. I always like to blend the two together in Superimpose to get that wonderful toning and contrast.
Inhabitables by _N_X_
Flickr // EyeEm // IPA
I took this photo on a gray day, with Oggl’s Blanko C16+Diego combo, initially. The composition seemed to have some potential, but I was not quite satisfied with the combo’s colours, which I normally like very much. The sky, which figures prominently in the image, also seemed rather neutral.
As far as I can remember, I started by trying to give the sky some presence, adding texture with Laminar. This created an interesting light vignette effect that drew attention to the center of the image, producing, at the same time, a slightly oppressing feeling.
With the disappearance of the colours and the vignette, which I emphasised with PhotoToaster, I thought I was heading towards a conventional black and white. But it did not seem to work. Playing with the settings, I thought I found the right colour: halfway between black and white and monochrome, a rather appropriate colour for the scene. PhotoToaster also added more precision to the image, thus giving the lines an unusual, almost non-photographic, clarity. I kept the clarity while attenuating it a little, because it also helped create the special mood of the photo.
To finish, I cropped the image slightly to highlight the important elements of the composition: the small human silhouette (center of the photo); the curved parapet (starting right from the lower left corner), which produces some movement and places the emphasis on the two buildings and the silhouette; the two waterfalls left and right of the figure; and the kind of square formed by the bollard of the parapet, the rock in the water, the white house, and the church that frames the human silhouette.
Finally, the title “Inhabitables” (“Uninhabitable”) refers to the two buildings (the little white house – a small museum – and the church), both literally uninhabitable, as well as to the feeling (that I had when I took the photo and when I edited it) of a slightly hostile space, hardly meant to be inhabited by humans.