Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/09

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Subject: [Leica] New photo essay - Geneva
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Sun Apr 9 02:06:04 2006
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Just took a look through your pages Kelly, Philippe is right.
Some interesting stuff to look at.
In my opinion, however, the Sachsenhausen and Titanic shots are just 
srceaming to be shown in BW.
Particularly in the case of Sachsenhausen the shot of the three 
execution posts and the row of toilets just don't "need" colour. That 
said, the shot of the ("shower"?, and we all know what that meant) room 
in artificial light works well as a colour/monochrome.The last shot of 
the grey hut doesn't do anything for me at all to express anything of 
the horrors of the place - of course when you've been there it's 
different - I personally felt embarassed about taking photos at
Bergen-Belsen, it just didn't seem right to me. Even though very little 
of the actual camp is still to be seen - just colossal rectangular mass 
graves with
stone epitaphs to the effect of "Here lie the bodies of 10,000 ....".

Philippe Orlent wrote:

> Well, your archive is certainly worth a visit.
> Op 9-apr-06, om 10:19 heeft Kelly McErlean het volgende geschreven:
>> Hi Philippe
>> The P&S look was partly due to the hard contrasty light that day.  
>> Also, the
>> DigiLux gets serious lens flare when you shoot near the sun so it  
>> limited
>> the angles I could use.
>> The results with the DigiLux are generally excellent except if you  
>> try to
>> push the latitude of over and under exposure. It gets pixellated quite
>> quickly.
>> These shots are in line with much of my recent work which is simply  
>> looking
>> at spaces, and particularly spaces without people. If you have time  
>> have a
>> look at 'Titanic' at
>> These are some of Cobh in Ireland where the last people boarded the  
>> Titanic.
>> The space had been derelict for years, I happened to be passing by  
>> on the
>> day a painter was tidying up the main gate. He went off for lunch  
>> and I went
>> in to take these shots.
>> When I was taking these shots (this is also true of the essay
>> 'Sachsenhausen') I felt the space itself had retained a memory of  
>> the events
>> that had happened there.
>> Regards
>> Kelly
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