Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/06

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Subject: [Leica] WWII veteran (OT Gear)
From: lists at (PHC)
Date: Thu Apr 6 09:26:47 2006
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Ted - I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a picture. Seems 
we have different criteria.

For me the subject matter has always come a very distant second to the 
aesthetic. In the second picture, sure, we see the face - and I don't 
mean to diminish the importance of that - and there is nice light. But 
the face simply isn't interesting enough to hold my eye. Maybe if the 
subject had some eye contact with the viewer, or we could see more of 
his eyes... who knows. The fact is that it doesn't hold me.

However, in the first shot we have a simply outstanding composition. 
The poise of the subject: focused, studying, waiting. The trees on the 
horizon perfectly placed to offer us an objective for the subject's 
focus, they also become the subject themselves of the 
picture-within-a-picture that is the observation window.

And then there's that wonderful circle of light from his cuff, down his 
arm to his collar and hat. And the line of his cheek. And the confident 
grasp of his hand. It's a very good picture.

I hope this brief note answers your question. Do you think it's a bad 


Paul Hardy Carter
+44 (0)20 7871 7553

On 6 Apr 2006, at 16:54, Ted Grant wrote:
> Paul I'm not sure why you could say that? Would you mind explaining as 
> a photograph you think number one is better than the second as 
> portarit type photo with such beautiful light an his face? Certainly 
> compared to the back of his head holding a camera pointing out a hole 
> in the wall?
> Much appreciated if you would, thank you.
> ted

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