9 thoughts on “The Odyssey (Fall)

  1. You’ve certainly really captured the varying moods of autumn. Each picture seems to evoke a different aspect of the season. The 1st, 6th and 7th images are brilliant, and I like the way that the autumnal colours are portrayed in the other pictures. Sometimes the crispness of the season is there, and at other times the cold loneliness of the decreasing daylight is conveyed. As usual, they are fine examples of your surrealist style.

  2. I’m glad you like all these. Thanks. I’ve been working on this since last year. I also want to know if any are for shit. I want critical advice too. So if any didn’t work for you tell me why you felt that way.
    Justin.

    • When it comes to any type of creative activity, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, and many would say even irresponsible, to offer any kind of constructive critical advice. Art, whether it be visual, audible, or written, is a very personal and subjective medium. It’s something that has been tainted and coloured by the character, imagination, perspective and experiences of its creator. Therefore it’s a risky business for someone else to be objective upon something that is, by its very dint, subjective. If something doesn’t work for someone, it just means that it’s not their cup of tea, and there’s nothing that can be done about that.
      Someone who is very well versed and experienced in a particular field can often offer valuable, constructive advice on technique, but that’s about as good as it gets. Technique is also in a constant state of flux and development.

      • You’re right. I never thought of it that way.
        The coolest thing about the whole project was taking the pictures of Sam and then throwing them into photoshop and shrinking him to look the size of a leprechaun boy. After that, I moved him back into his place doing whatever he was doing before.
        I did mess with the colorization, or clarity to give some of the pictures a fantasy or dream-like feeling. I guess that is art through my eyes. I never so much thought of myself as an artist. I just thought of myself as a photographer, but when I had to correct something I screwed up, like too much exposure, or fringed edges, or color imbalance caused by the water and the sun and reflections, I messed with it. I just thought I fucked up.

        • I think that you should start thinking of yourself as an artist. In any case, creative photography is one of the visual arts, and you do seem to have an eye and a feeling for texture and composition, etc.. The leprechaun boy effects work really well, but the tampering with colour, clarity and exposure, etc., that you talk about is, actually, the creative process at work. It’s not “messing up”, but it’s really finding a way to achieve the result that you that you know is lurking somewhere. How exactly you find it doesn’t really matter, so long as you find it, and you do seem to be finding it. Only you can do it, and there’s not really anyone to provide any help, which is why critical advice isn’t really much use. It will only serve to make you frustrated. It reminds me of a story concerning Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW) who eventually became one of England’s greatest composers. When he was a young man, he went to see the great French master Maurice Ravel for some “critical advice” about his compositions. He took his work along, – and Ravel took it to shreds. This was wrong, that was wrong, that would never work, etc., etc., etc.. In the end, RVW made his way to the door, feeling very dejected. As he was going out of the door, Ravel called out, ‘Mind you, they told me all that when I was your age, but I never took a blind bit of notice.’

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