Are We There Yet • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Are we there yet • CB&W

Are We There Yet • Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is my entry for things that are long.

Are we there yet • Cee's Black & White Photo Challenge
Are we there yet…?

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback 15 May

Cuban Dusk • Water water everywhere portrait

Fandango’s Friday Flashback • 15 May. Not having blogged that long, I’m re-posting this post from 15 January that I put up for Jez’ Water, water everywhere challenge.

Cuban Dusk • Water Water Everywhere #10

Cuban Dusk • Water Water Everywhere #10

Cuban dusk • Water Water Everywhere
Cuban Dusk • Water Water Everywhere #10

This photo features a passage way to the ocean for the fishing village where I was at, somewhere in Cuba.

Posted as part of Jez Braithwaite’s WWE challenge.

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Thursday Doors 14 May • What’s Behind That Door

Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors

Have you ever wondered, like me, what’s behind that door browsing through all the entries into Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge? In the western world we tend to keep our front doors firmly shut for a multitude of reasons. Not so in Cuba…

Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors
Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors

…where people tend to use their doorway to sell flowers for instance

…where people tend to leave their front door ajar

A Look Inside • Thursday Doors

…or have no front door at all

A Look Inside A Cuban Grocery Store • Thursday Doors
A Look Inside A Cuban Grocery Store • Thursday Doors

These photos are from my archive and were taken on a road trip through Cuba in 2016

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One-Liner Wednesday 13 May • Andy Warhol on Neglect

Andy Warhol on Negelect • One-liner Wednesday

One-Liner Wednesday 13 May • Andy Warhol on Neglect

‘Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.’

Andy Warhol

For Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, 13 May, 2020.

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What a Cliché • Three Line Tales Week 223


What a Cliché • Three Line Tales My entry in Sonya’s challenge for Week 223 of Three Line Tales.

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Photo credits: Michael Glass via Unsplash

What a cliché • Three Line Tales

Blood, brains and pieces of skull had been dripping their way ever so slowly downwards on the wall above what was once a man’s head, his mouth still full with the pump-action’s barrel, with one muscular hand holding the other end on his six-pack.

‘What a cliché’ Bigsby muttered through her COVID-19 protection mask which sat half crooked on her face in order to allow some room for the thick straw which other end sat in an iced Latte, ‘what possessed him…’ she continued barely audible, more to herself than anyone else ‘…to spend more than two months in this deserted excuse for paradise?’

Her partner, walking over to switch off the mini-stereo on the dresser opposite the luxury twin bed which played the same song on repeat ‘let me take you down to Paradise City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty…’, said ‘paradise… what a cliché.’

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Cropping For Effect • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96

1973 Pulitzer Prize • The Napalm Girl

Cropping For Effect • Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96 For the ins &outs, head over to Patti’s pilotfishblog.

Photography helps people see

Berenice Abbott

Cropping That Helps People See More

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned, and this was a long time ago, is that there is a difference between a pretty picture and a good photo. And that difference is largely determined by how close you get to your subject; deliberately avoiding the ‘noise’ that otherwise distracts from the photo’s message. Thus cropping can help people see.

Cropping For Effect: The Napalm Girl

1973 Pulitzer Prize • The Napalm Girl
1973 Pulitzer Prize • The Napalm Girl

We all recognise (I hope) this photo by Nick Ut of the 9 year old Kim Phuc Phan Thi – a.k.a. the Napalm Girl – that won him the Pulitzer Prize. The scene is one of sheer horror.

The Original

Nick Ut's Uncropped Version Napalm Girl
Nick Ut’s Uncropped Version Napalm Girl

The uncropped image shows the otherwise unknown third of the photograph. It reveals on the right of the image a man absent-mindedly adjusting his camera, completely unaware of the chaotic events unfurling around him. His inclusion certainly paints a different picture than the cropped version which previously excluded him.

As Michael Shaw muses on his website Reading the Pictures: 

I have to think this is one of the most significant crops of all time. With the right half of the photo suddenly claiming more storytelling weight, it’s stunning how much it competes, diluting that dramatic scene burned into all of our heads. Studying the “new” cluster of figures and the body language of the soldiers at the edge and across the road, the guys look like it’s Miller time. Even more incredible, however, is the specter of the soldier attending to his camera. Given that he’s almost parallel to the burning body of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the message is that he’s got some time right now, that there’s nothing going on right that moment that’s worth capturing, or even deserving of his notice. …Just wow.

So my question is: was this photo cropped entirely for effect? for simplicity sake? or, because the nonchalance of the soldiers, in juxtaposition with the scorching of the children, would — from a compassion standpoint — have been like a second napalm hit?

Now, before I rub someone the wrong way, I think the cropped version is by far the most powerful of the two. In a way, the original doesn’t come close to the cropped one. So I think Ut’s crop was justified. To come back to Abbott’s quote, it helped make me see the horrors of war.

Before you go, there is more…

This is not the only controversy surrounding his photo. According to Wikipedia: Audio tapes of President Richard Nixon, in conversation with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman in 1972, reveal that Nixon mused, “I’m wondering if that was fixed”, after seeing the photograph. 

And far more recently, back in 2016, Facebook removed this photo from a post since it contained nudity. I kid you not, just head over here.

And currently, there’s discussion this photo should be removed fromWikipedia: ‘This is a copywritten image owned by the Associate Press, it is not Public Domain‘.

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Lighthouse Windows • Monday Window 11 May

Lighthouse Window • Monday Window

Lighthouse Windows is my entry in Ludwig Keck’s challenge Monday Window, 11 May.

Lighthouse Window • Monday Window
Lighthouse Window • Monday Window

Photographed in Cadaquès, Catalunia in January on a crisp winter morning.

Click below to see what fellow bloggers cooked up for this Monday Window, 11 May.

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