Peeling Reality

Sony A7r with 70-200mm f/4. 1/3200 @ f/5.6 @ ISO 100

Photographers have a privilege that is also a responsibility. That is – to show viewers of our images the reality that we perceive. Our camera becomes the tool to accomplish this.

The photograph on this page – Peeling Reality – is a straight shot, much like 99%+ of my photography. But it's enigmatic quality stems from a pre-visualization.

On the streets of Valparaiso, Chile I saw this peeling wall hoarding, advertising a new residential development. What was needed for my visualization was a real person to complete the tableau, and it wasn't more than a minute or two until this woman walked past.

The exposure was tricky, because the white backside of the sign was brilliant white, and the sun was illuminating it at a harsh angle. I therefore used the A7r's zebra warnings to keep the highlights under control and just let the shadows fall where they may.

There was still a lot of shadow detail available, but I chose to leave it dark and somewhat mysterious to enhance the enigmatic quality of the image.


This image and its analysis may be discussed on the LuLa Forum