Thanks again (for this and for all of your wonderful comments) This one was really like trying to catch butterflies...
The technique is actually pretty simple (sometimes) Essentially the work is done on the print itself with oil mediums (and often other media like pastels and graphite) It's unpredictable and I never really know where it's going to go. I'd say most of the work is going into preparation. Not so much with this piece, but with the others it's sort of like setting the stage for a performance: Montaging photo elements together, undertexturing, etc...then once the oil portion happens, it has to be relatively quick due to drying. So, there's no digital work done on these other than taking out some dust, specular highlights and adjusting some levels to make it look more accurate on a monitor.
Thanks again for taking the time to share all of your thoughts. Look forward to talking with you more....
What really says a lot in this piece is the form of his hands, the way he's relaxed, and not tensed. He's waiting and hoping, not trying to bring things down. Even though his hands don't show that he's trying to build or help, you can see the corseness of his hand and see that he has known work and that he's praying for the strength to carry on in his work.
You know, to me, the blurriness of the work makes it looks like it's a memory or something, something that needs to be remembered or revived. And that hand in the corner, reaching up, hands slightly spread is like it still has hope. Great photo, it has such great themes in it. Oh darn, I'm starting to sound like my English teacher.
I like this a lot. I think that getting away from figures for a bit (even if just a brief break) will be a good change of pace for you. If nothing else it will let you hit the figures with fresh perspective.
And the emotional feel you've managed to evoke with this is awesome.
gorgeous shot. love the message.
this photo reminds me alot of the photos a friend of mine took while he was in tanzania.. its such a different outlook on everything in africa. makes you put alot of things into perspecitive.
i love hand's, they so much, is this picture is taken in uganda?, it show's me people saluting a higher power, mybe their leader, are they asking for hope, a huge gathering of some sort, that tend's to happen in africa alot, i've seen hand's like these before,great one kev.
Thanks so much....yes, that was in Uganda. A small village named Hoima. They were all praying. About 3,000 people. It was an incredible day. yes...asking for hope, demonstrating hope, all of it.... 3,000 people 3,000 stories. More of this series coming....
a gathering of africans, theres nothing else like it, it's unpredictable, energetic and insanely loud...always some dude shouting his head of...mybe his beliefs or his problems, he will let everyone know his situation, k let me shut up.