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Given 2013-05-14
Soft by *MrMartiniLux Beautiful atmosphere, light and a cinematic feeling to this image where three different stories unfold in front of our eyes. ( Suggested by ZiaulKareem and Featured by myraincheck )
PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
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PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013   Photographer
CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
not sure what to say ...a wonderful photograph, congrats on your DD.
Picture-Bandit Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there,

I use my Premium Membership to make some journal features here on deviantart. I also advertise these on my blog. Always with links to the original and your username in the caption.

The difference between darkness and spotlight... the softness and sharpness of the image it's awesome, and you already got a well deserved DD I hope you don't mind that I used it in my blog post -> [link]

If you would like it removed just let me know.

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Karinta Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
An excellent study in contrast, both in terms of color/light and also in the stories behind the people in the photo, as far as we can tell. I would never be able to take anything like this. Bravo. :hug:
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you so very much for thoughtful and kind critique. And don't sell yourself short, I'm certain you could've taken this photo as well.
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, you're very welcome. :hug: And thanks.... :D
IAstartov Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Marvellous shot!
furiouspotato Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
This kinda reminds me of Dr.House
VeniVidiWiki Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So many times I've walked in that tunnel... :)
G-horkman Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
its like different stages of a relationship
StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Photographer
One of the best street shots I've recently seen. Congrats!
yeliriley Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But a sharp contrast between the young and agile vs the old and maimed
HisWeskerness Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Bruce Wills in Die Hard 60.... this time..... hes slower.... jk awesome shot!
BlanketsForLinus Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
This is such a clean shot. Can you talk about how you got it?
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Well, at the time I was taking photos of a street musician who had asked me to do so. He was a schooled violinist from the former eastern block, in Sweden to play in a big concert. Playing the street was a way to make extra money, I assume.
While doing that, I noticed this man standing there in the light, listening with great concentration. I could hardly believe my luck. His face mirrored in the tile was perhaps what most intrigued me.
I had to meter the unevenly lit scene with accuracy and consider the composition, but other than that it is like with many photos one have seen; you just have to be there when it happens (and don't mess up when it does).

Thanks for stopping by and great Q.
SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Lovely work! :heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
Spectral-Amnesiac Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So many stories in this photo. It's so natural, it almost looks staged. Each of us is probably thinking up various stories for these people here, but I wonder if any of us are even close?

I'm curious, why did you pick "Soft" for the title of this photograph?
bloodyangel6 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the first thing i noticed about the picture was the girl caressing the man's face. (at least that's what it looks like) they seem very close and sweet :) the overall picture is great because it has multiple stories to it, not just the man on the wall. (someone has probably already said this but oh well lol)
zwimmy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Melethnein Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Where was this taken?
HeroLoverFoolVillain Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great DD

COngratz, very well deserved.

+ fav

it looks amazing.. and the atmosphere.. it's just excelent.
JoviGrey Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Human life.
DTKinetic Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually my attention was not focusing on the man but the lonely girl who is the only subject in the picture with her back turned. I can imagine her feeling lonely and largely uncomfortable if she's far away from home and in a public place such as this.
crshh Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
How did you get Bruce Willis to pose for a photo? :)
EngineMeister Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
lol that's what i what i was thinking as well. :XD::lol:
GravityShock Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
emotive photo
AshGUTZ Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Digital Artist
This image speaks so many words to me at once. I'm nothing like him visually, but in this image I feel like he and I could have much to discuss with many similarities. The surrounding people latched onto one another make him seem like a lonesome figure but he's got this strong face of no issue with that. I'm reading far deeper than I should I'm sure but I'm rarely impressed with photography. :clap:
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Funny you should say just that, because it mimics my thoughts as well; he's alone, but strong in himself. He weathers his existence. Thanks for your comment.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
always asking me: isnt it forbidden by law, to take pics of people and publicating them?
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
In some fascist states it might be (there, only the state are allowed to surveil you), but certainly not in Sweden (in a public space).
How do you think journalists could do their work if they were not allowed to take photos of people?

Petty, shortsighted people are quick to scream for more regulation, regulation for stuff that bothers them. Sooner than they know, they've painted themselves into a corner and someone has screamed for a regulation that regulates them.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
no prob bud, i have ur opinion. im also for a world with no laws at best (even this will take a while yet as humans are immense stupid).

i just asked, cause i think some of that people wouldnt like being pictured in a bad situation and then made public and be seen by the whole world. u should ask them, cause of respect, if its ok for them to display them.
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Unfortunately for me, the world is not holding its breath waiting for my next photo. It's largely indifferent. Practically speaking it's totally indifferent. My photos are washed away by the millions of photos published on facebook and flickr and 500px and G+ and deviantart etc each day.

I set my own standards, as should everyone, I certainly do not go out of my way to portray people in bad situations (is this photo a "bad situation"??), and I do not make fun of people, I try to find fun (or sadness or fright or coincident or..) in situations with people. There's a huge difference.

The word respect is thrown around like a cheap catchphrase, used as a carte blanche to criticize whatever one finds inconvenient. Whatever does it mean that I should ask them 'because of respect'? Whenever you interact with people in any way, even passing them on the street, do you ask their permission? We live in a society and our behaviour is by large social. If not, we're shunned, or even imprisoned.
I do not touch this man, I do not alter this man, I do not force him, I do not ask or tell him what to do, I do not tell anyone his name or where he lives. I capture a fraction of our reality and I show it to other people. Unaltered, without judgement. Perhaps other people will find joy or fear or disgust in this shared social moment and so they would if they had been there too in this public sphere.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
well i like what u wrote, and i agree to it mainly. and yet i think u understand what im saying and maybe hide behind ur own sight of freedom and maybe ur convenience to ask people. also u try to give all a neutral sight, which is fine, but its not working, cause ur dealing with people. and people arent neutral. not everyone wants to be seen around the whole world. they think they go out their home. someone takes a pic. so... they will never think its getting around the world. im sure u understand what i mean, and as much as id like to have the people all opened up and thinking nothing bad, its not the case, and often they are right about it. u should respect this and ask people. at least... ask them here and there. lets see what they will say to it. let me know. im curious. no irony.
MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I assume you have slight to no experience in street photography. I don't say that as an insult, but as a conclusion I've drawn from your posts. Setting 'respect' totally aside there's an aspect of practise involved in street photography for me. For several reasons I don't approach people to get their 'blessing' when I'm 'on the job'. First reason being: I don't have the time. During a normal 4-5h walk I take photos of more than a hundred people. Secondly, talking to even a handful of them would disrupt my concentration (bring me out of 'the zone'). Thirdly, only a fraction of the photos I take end up processed and on the web. Perhaps a little as 1/1000. I don't know, when pressing the trigger, if that particular photo will, so it would be an errand in futility.
Lastly, obviously, my opinion is that I'm not obliged in any way to talk to them. That is your standard, not mine. However, if they afterwards approach me, I'm fine with explaining myself, I don't run away, ever, but I try not to spend an overwhelming amount of time doing this for the reasons mentioned.

I know all this because I've done both, I have experience with both, I just don't sit around passing judgement or impose my moral codes on others having little or no experience myself. I've talked to people I've photographed on more occasions than I care to remember, and from that I've gained these experiences which is why I don't feel I need to re-evaluate them on such flimsy grounds. And it is not because those occasions have been unpleasant, it's because they reinforce the 3 first conclusions I've drawn above.

Finally, there are several photos in my gallery where I've asked people permission, you can have a look for yourself, but that is not candid street photography, that is portraits.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
hey bud.
yes ur right, i have no experience in street photography, mainly cause the reasons i will write now:

to answer all ur sentences, i mainly can only speak of myself and others i have asked. i would really not want that someone would do pics of me who i dont know/like, even putting them in the internet on such a huge platform.
and u sure know how people are: they dont always have the courage to go to the photographers that take pics, and asking them to delete those.
can be the people in my area respond different to the people in ur area, that they are more opened up and not feeling forced by this. here in my area most would feel stressed by it, and the least would come and ask for deleting the pics, to avoid a stressy situation mainly women to men).

so how to answer the main question? its the freedom of the own character, the art freedom, against the danger to make other people maybe feeling unwell, violating their sights and personal rights.
as with all things, always at least 2 opposite answers to one circumstance.

MrMartiniLux Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
In short (as I've said all that I feel like saying on the subject), you seem not to consider the simple and even more obvious aspect of this; there is no guarantee or even expectance of privacy in public. It's an oxymoron you see. Personal rights do not extend to prohibit whatever one feels uncomfortable with. And that is very, very good and a cornerstone in a free society. Not being uncomfortable is not a personal right in a public setting.
If you do have issues with this, I think the more pressing aspect is the constant surveillance you and everyone else, assuming you live in a developed country, are subjected to by private security, police and traffic control that monitors just about your every move and often times your identity and time- and geo-stamps it.
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Photographer
nine-girls-red Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
In a public place, no, I think it's legal. When somebody's in a public place, there's no expectation of privacy.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
i think the laws are in this case (in my country): if it shows more than one specific person, then its ok. if its only one, or the focus is on one, then that person needs to be asked for permission.
Redbuddha15 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Different stories indeed. Lovely composition.
namesfred Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice photograph. I like how you've played with the lighting and contrast. The older man reminds me of John from the Saw movies.
lemonlime Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an awesome shot!
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on your well deserved DD!
It has been among my favorites ever since you uploaded it. :)
H-G-K Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So natural
DW457 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Very nice! It represents modern life beautifully. The weak are no longer seen, and you brought him in the spotlight. This photograph made me think about this. Thx.
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Big Congratulations! Well deserved DD. :)
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