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His Public Face
An artist said he wanted a portrait showing how he felt about just getting on with his art and the public wanting to know about the person behind it.
File information
Filename:mansour-eskandary.jpg
Album name:MarkPhR / Isolated
Rating (18 votes): (Details)
Keywords:isolation
Camera:Canon Eos 350D
Lens:EFS 17-85mm IS USM
Aperture:f7.1
Shutter Speed:1/5
Author's Comments:The artist is over the moon with how this has turned out.
Editing Performed:Conversion to mono via channel mixer, curves, levels, final unsharp mask
ISO:100
File Size:249 KB
Date added:Apr 21, 2008
Dimensions:600 x 900 pixels
Displayed:162 times
URL:http://www.thestudio-online.co.uk/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-7502
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Drew  [May 12, 2008 at 07:56 AM]
There is a deep sense of isolation here which fits the brief well however, I cannot get away from the idea that this sad looking character is peeing against the wall. This seriously detracts from the overall image for me.
dai154  [May 12, 2008 at 08:19 AM]
great image, potential winner i think (despite the pee effect)
hiplip  [May 12, 2008 at 10:41 AM]
Despite the conatations I realy like this shot.
spacedman  [May 12, 2008 at 02:03 PM]
great moody shot he seems to be isolated from the rest of mankind
Barrie  [May 12, 2008 at 04:29 PM]
This is very difficult. I made a comment on one image that the cliffs were so bright that the main subject had been lost. In this image I believe the opposite has happened. Although I think the image portrays isolation I have to ask is the subject isolated, which was the brief. There is depth because of the shadows, the subject does stand out because of the white wall. The more I look at it the more the subject intrigues me. I think you have managed to isolate the figure in so many ways that I can't argue with it.

I have to add after further thought that even without your own narrative it speaks volumes.
SteveT  [May 12, 2008 at 06:35 PM]
Very well composed image, like the dark brooding feel to it, meets the assignments criteria in my opinion, well taken Mark.
Steve
sarah06511  [May 12, 2008 at 06:43 PM]
Wonderful on every level. I really like it.
Foxy  [May 13, 2008 at 10:10 AM]
Terrific image and interpretation.
Tripod  [May 13, 2008 at 01:57 PM]
It is nicely done, I do agree with Drew about the peeing because the cleanest part of the wall makes it look that way. However he needed to be isolated for that. I would have liked to see a touch of the face but not important.
Topdog  [May 13, 2008 at 06:45 PM]
A pty about he Peeing comment couple with the word Pubic in the title Neverthe less a great photo, says it all
MarkPhR  [May 13, 2008 at 10:04 PM]
Thanks everyone for the very welcome feedback. Aaah, what a shame about the way it hits some of you that he appears to be gaining some 'relief' - and I can see why. Arthur, his face is intentionally dark (with dark glasses) as he wanted to portay that he doesn't want the pubLic to focus on him, the artist, rather they should focus on his work; he is not only hiding from the light of publicity but also hiding in a corner.

For the curious, he is called Manse Eskandary and does the most exquisite Raku pottery, keeping the alchemy that acheives the fantastic glazes secret - even from hs occasional students.
John T  [May 14, 2008 at 07:26 AM]
A great thought provoking image , but to me it it suggests rejection rather than isolation.
sarah06511  [May 14, 2008 at 12:23 PM]
It's interesting that he doesn't want the focus to be on him, and yet you have made him the subject of an assignment that requires it.
TotallyHatstand  [May 14, 2008 at 09:54 PM]
Really like this image. Isolation, at least for the subject.
Andrew  [May 19, 2008 at 09:21 PM]
Cracking candid... like the lighting, texture and balance of the shot but doesn't convey isolation to me
Beermonsta  [May 27, 2008 at 07:35 PM]
A great Image Mark, but I am thinking along the lines of alone, lonley, lost, but I suppose they are all forms of social isolation, but it has certainly got me thinking. Well done.