Sunday, November 11, 2007

from michikokusaki/ 1


db said...

This is a thoughtful picture. I don't know if you like 'explaining' yourself, but I was wondering why you've divided the image and how that affects it's meaning?


bluebird said...

as i've noted in the sidebar, i do not take the photos that are part of the flikr a day series. please find a link to the photographer's flickr page below the photos.


db said...

ahh- or if it's not your shot, I'm interested in yr thoughts anyway :)

bluebird said...

i can't speak to why michikokusaki chose to split this image, but as for why i responded to it:

some quick thoughts...

this image reminds me of the memento mori daguerrotypes of the 19th century. the over exposure or light leak in the bottom left corner makes the image feel antiquated, even though the girl's costume and gesture clearly indicate otherwise (i think the dead twig is a particularly successful compositional choice because of how it adds to the meaning of the image). the fact that the image is split in half makes me think of the magic act where the magician splits the assistant in two. it also makes me think of an autopsy.

and any time a dyptich is presented i start to think about how it affects my physical reading of the image. i automatically start to reference one image against another. the act of seeing becomes more pronounced. in this image i think it heightens the feeling of nostalgia by playing off our sense of memory.

Jessica said...

love that photo...haunting and beautifull...the black and white speaks volumes