Subjects seen reflected off of glass, water, chrome. This week, Joey and I focused our sights and lenses on reflections. Here are our images and critiques.
The image above by Joey is of Enrique, the man behind the counter at a store in downtown Boston. I watched Joey set this shot up though remained curious as to what he was striving for. Now I see. This gentleman with the striking, dominant eyeglass frames is peering off to the side while the pools of reflected light surround him. His sideways gaze fits the mood, which is disorienting and vague. I like it. I’m drawn into it. I wonder what this man is thinking about.
Easy to mistake this for a direct shot, one without reflection. But the lower band, showing the subject’s real stepping feet, reveals the composition. There is motion here. I would have loved to see a bit more light around the head of the subject to clearly offset it against the splotchy black and white background but that is a modest complaint.
A mirror image. Here, unlike in the above shots, we see much of the scene opposing a replica. But it is not symmetrical which gives it an off-balanced appeal. The branches, seen exclusively in the water surface are clear and clean. Much of the rest is hazy. The reflected portion seems more real to me. Then there is the leading road that takes the viewer’s eyes forward to…
Ah color. The Canadian flag, curiously placed here in the States, waves from a building across the street. The blues and earth tones work together to complement each other. This shot is more about splashes of colors and light in symmetry, like an impressionistic painting. I wonder whether a crop might have strengthened the final product, though.
I don’t know entirely what I’m seeing here. Christmas lights against a bronze lit mirror? Pieces of a fence or railing set off against a brick wall? What do I see? I’m not sure. It’s an abstraction, though sharply in focus toward the center which is unusual.
My favorite of the group.
We were drawn to this part of the city because of this particular building. Big. Blue. Reflective. Interesting that Joey’s one image of it is in monotone. This is an intriguing composition as the lines in the righthand two thirds show intersection points, crosshatches, and an almost kaleidoscopic convergence of lines. Though initially simple seeming, this image is actually complex, defying most accepted compositional rules. It would have been easier to select a more traditional posture here; Joey went with the more difficult path and I’m glad. It took a little while for me but this works. It so works.
Now on to my images:
Red and blue and black and white… these soft colors flow together within the composition almost as if a painter had created the scene with watercolors. Everything is angled, perhaps the only give away that this is indeed a reflection.
Who’s that guy?
Muted colors frame a more vivid subject; a glimpse of the artist as he journeys towards a photographic playground. Followers trail behind, eager to enter the city. Reflection, indeed it is.
Blue. No, it’s not the ocean, but rather a retelling of the stunning sky we enjoyed that day in Boston. The reflected building is wavy, almost as if it were submerged deep under water. I wish the frame were cropped in from the left and we did not see a sliver of the real sky. Without that tiny fragment of reality, this reflection could almost take on an abstract quality.
The glass windows in this one have a texture to them. Look at the left black bar and on either side of it. Do you see what I see? There is texture, there is different shades of grey. The glass in this image could almost be paper, or canvas, or aluminum… And yet, there is the reflected building at the bottom of the frame reminding us that this is indeed a reflection.
Vivian, is that you? I don’t know why, but this image makes me think of Vivian Maier’s stunning work. The panels of glass are divided by jet black bands, chopping this photograph into pieces, and yet like a puzzle, they fit together and depict the reflection as intended.
I really like this one. The slushy snow and textured street frame an interesting subject. This image reflects a building but towards the middle of the composition, I wonder if that bright spot is the sun. This photo may in fact have two reflections: the building and the sun!
The grey in this image is great. There are many different tones and they work well together. This skyscraper is checking its reflection in the mirror! In actuality, this is a photograph of two buildings, but you almost can’t tell, so well utilized is the second building as a source of reflection.