carlkirstein

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Aardklop 2007

The music colours the air with a patriotic hue of badly executed karaoke songs. The smell of beer, sweat and boereworsrolle belches a sickly mirth. The crowd pulses, weaves, sways and swirls with complex dance within its own current, while the earth beats like a drum under their flitting feet. Each person is but a shadow quickly fading away.

 

"Take a picture of me!" Some would cry "why?" would I reply "I don't know who you are and how to get the photo to you". The drunken cloud takes a few seconds to evaporate and then they realise that it is a futile exercise they requested. If I may answer my own question: I think you want the photo so that somebody somewhere oneday will look at the photo and know that you were here. It is part of your legacy and remembrance that you so long to impart to the world. "I was not merely an insignificant shadow, I left my mark and I am remembered". Just a hint for you oh passing shadow: The longer you stand still in my sight, the better the exposure I get of you.

Carl

Aardklop 2007

The music colours the air with a patriotic hue of badly executed karaoke songs. The smell of beer, sweat and boereworsrolle belches a sickly mirth. The crowd pulses, weaves, sways and swirls with complex dance within its own current, while the earth beats like a drum under their flitting feet. Each person is but a shadow quickly fading away.

 

"Take a picture of me!" Some would cry "why?" would I reply "I don't know who you are and how to get the photo to you". The drunken cloud takes a few seconds to evaporate and then they realise that it is a futile exercise they requested. If I may answer my own question: I think you want the photo so that somebody somewhere oneday will look at the photo and know that you were here. It is part of your legacy and remembrance that you so long to impart to the world. "I was not merely an insignificant shadow, I left my mark and I am remembered". Just a hint for you oh passing shadow: The longer you stand still in my sight, the better the exposure I get of you.

Carl

comments (5)

This is one awesome pic !!!
Carl Kirstein: Thankyou
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Oct 2007, 18:08
stunning Carl! what a moody shot. mal
Carl Kirstein: Thanks Mal
Interesting and action filled photograph :o)
Carl Kirstein: Thankyou
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Oct 2007, 00:11
Excellent worked picture. I hope there will be more of this type. Heh, heh - one comment/question - can there be such a hing as a well executed karaoke song? given the stage of the party when the karaoke artists start to operate.
Carl Kirstein: This photo wasn't worked all that much. What you see here is just excessive dodging and burning. Further the photo was like it was taken.
I think Koos Kombuis, Johannes Kerkorrel and Valiant Swart started off with karaokes... possibly you get good ones... I just havn't heard it yet smile
another great one carl...i do prefer the second one in this series as i think the sharpness of the girl adds another dimension...is that the same girl as in this foreground?
Carl Kirstein: same girl yes. Here the "large" figure in the foreground gives a better feeling of scale. The intention of this photo was purely to be abstract whereas the second one was surreal. Horses for courses then I suppose

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