Faces in the window

A day trip yesterday to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne to see the exhibition: A Green and Pleasant Land that ‘focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time‘. An exhibition that was good in parts, but some of it left me a little bewildered.

Last time we were there I came back with images of the exterior of the gallery’s building – click here to view.

On this occasion it was the building opposite that attracted me. The area was a muddy building site but above the chaos that existed at ground level, this long window stood out. A series of artworks looked out on the world – I’m guessing this must be an art college or school. It is a fascination collage of work. What a treat to find something unexpected like this. Click on the image to see an enlargement

The processing was not easy. I’ve appended – below – the original unedited RAW image. Ghastly, glaring ceiling light fitment, almost dead centre. Tricky to get rid of that – an hour’s work using the clone tool and making a selection of one of the other window sections, copying that selection to a new layer, and moving it into a new position; and a few other issues to be sorted. Worth the effort I think. And it’s when you present yourself with a challenge, and take it on, that you learn the most.





About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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15 Responses to Faces in the window

  1. oneowner says:

    I commend your PS skills, Andy. The cropping at the top and bottom is very nice. A great shot made better.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. There was an expanse of very white sky above this building, and building work meant I couldn’t get directly in front of this display. So a crop was required.

  2. Sue says:

    You did a grand job with the processing, Andy! I am largely too lazy to bother with anything that takes too long…h

  3. Masterful processing, Andy! Interesting photo, too. I’m not sure whether the dark figure is a real person or a painting of one. A mystery!

  4. Heide says:

    At the risk of sounding like an echo: Brilliant processing, Andy! Great shot too — lots to keep the eye busy in this frame, isn’t there? But please assuage Linda’s and my curiosity: Was that a person in the center of the frame, or a painting?

  5. Imprisoned images… I really like the final result. You did well in the processing, adding more punch and of course correcting falling lines.

  6. shoreacres says:

    It’s always the dark, mysterious figure that draws interest, isn’t it? I looked and debated, myself, and finally decided that it’s a painting. It looks realistic enough to be a person, but the paintings seems to be self-portraits, or at least self-representations. Of course, it is London, and there’s no reason someone couldn’t be standing around in a top hat and cuffs in the middle of the afternoon.

    It is amazing how much difference there is between the two images. It was fun to find the various changes that you’d made — the removal of the light was most dramatic, but some of the cropping and such was nicely done, too.

    • LensScaper says:

      You are right Linda – definitely a painting. A small element in the overall picture but an element that punches above it’s weight. Whoever placed these elements as we see them understood a thing or too about composition.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    It’s always very interesting to see someone’s process, from Raw to processed. What a chore to remove that light! But you did a perfect job, and like you say, one learns a lot going the extra mile. And always good to go out and see art, even if it doesn’t all appeal or make sense.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lynn. Seeing other people’s art is always the life blood of one’s own creativity. There will always be something that appeals and is worth the visit. As for processing, it can be soooooo boring at times but very satisfying when one can eradicate a total eye-sore.

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