The image today is a type of image that has been shot so many times before, that it has become hackneyed; and your immediate reaction may be: ‘Oh No, not another…’
I was in London last week to see the annual ‘Take a View’ Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the National Theatre on the Southbank, London. If you live anywhere new London, you have until 9 February to catch this inspiring show. If that’s impossible click Here to see the winners of this year’s competition, and be inspired
If you walk across Hungerford Bridge to Southbank from Charing Cross, you will know this passageway well. The final result however is nothing like the original. In real life the walls are pale cream, but late at night it can still feel a rather isolating and threatening place if you are on your own.
I think it is reasonable to say that the mood has darkened – pun intended. I wanted something that created a more sinister feel. What you see here is another classic example of Solarization, a technique that I employ not infrequently these days. It’s a little bit of alchemy – because the results are always a surprise, and hard to predict. It’s a chemical experiment that in the digital era has nothing to do with smelly chemicals. And if the experiment goes wrong, it can be reversed with a single press on Undo.
In this instance the initial Solarization (on a duplicate layer) was inverted and the figure then painted back in from the background layer to create the opaque silhouette. If you want to have a play, then I am happy for you to copy the original, at left (already converted to B&W) to your desktop and experiment. Some of you may prefer the original, which with a bit more processing could look High Key. Click on either image to see the full size view
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