Figures are rendered unrecognizable by the passage of time
While we can, we remember those moments we cherish the most.
Just as much as we regret those moments we were never allowed to have.
This entry was posted on September 17, 2011 by idiotphotographer. It was filed under Chicago and was tagged with cemetery, grave yard, graveyard, loss, photo, photography, sorrow.
These are gorgeous photos. A wonderfully tender way to portray these memorials. Thank you for sharing!
September 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm
That second picture is so peacefull. with the sky and thin branches behind.
September 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm
I have always had a problem photographing memorials. Somehow I don’t seem to be able to do anything but retell what is already there. But you manage to make your own stories with these pictures. They have a lovely graphical quality, but more importantly they bring forward an emotional quality that is both full of sadness and hope. My favourite is probably the last picture in the sequence although I am not sure about the colouring of the flowers.
September 18, 2011 at 6:19 am
Yeah, I agree with you on the flowers. What seems like a really good idea at 5 AM doesn’t always work when you’re actually awake.
Thank you very much for your comment and the compliment.
September 18, 2011 at 7:29 am
Fixed. It has been bugging me ever since I hit the publish button, those selectively colored flowers. They are too bright, draw the eye away from the face and distract from the emotion of the photo. In part I suspect that is why I left it like that, because I was getting a little emotional working on the picture and wanted to lessen the impact on myself. Lesson learned, and thank you again.
September 18, 2011 at 7:53 am
I’m not sure on the flowers either, only in that it changes the feel of the photo. It brings life back into it and in a bright and jarring way. If that was the intention, it worked, I think. It’s just different from the other photos, which I love for their simplicity.
September 18, 2011 at 8:49 am
I think in part that was my intent, if only because I had just woken up and was getting melancholy working on this subject before the sun was even up. That is why I chose to leave this up, as well as publish the other version in plain B&W, for more traditional and sorrowful look.
My appreciation for my own work waxes and wanes with the time of day, the day of week, how much I’ve played with the cats, and so many other factors I never know if I’m going to like something even by the next day so sometimes I just go with it and wait to see what happens.
September 18, 2011 at 9:20 am
September 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm
I like the idea of coloring the flowers (I still need to figure out how to do that – is it complicated?) Although, if it were me (and I am a bit macabre) I would make them blood red and possibly even dripping blood red OR red and black. Nice work.
September 25, 2011 at 10:14 am
Partly depends on on what program you’re using. I am poor therefore use Gimp, and really it is quite simple to selective coloring.
You just add a layer that is a copy of the image, desaturate the layer, add a white mask to the layer and use the paintbrush (set to black) to return the color. It is more tedious than anything.
Overall I have mixed feelings about selective color. I think it could be a useful technique but in very limited instances. I was pretty happy with how it turned out with the drag queen photo shoot but the background was already pretty grey there anyway.
Thanks for the compliment, I love shooting in graveyards so you’ll likely get to see more like this in the coming months.
September 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm
lol – I use Gimp, too. Thanks for the instructions (I can’t get myself to look in that boring online user manual) I am usually pretty good at figuring out how to work programs by trial and error but not with Gimp. but, hey, it’s free so I won’t complain too much – lol. thanks again.
September 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm
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