Feature Week 22

Love

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The first edition of "Featured" let's us take a deeper look at the photo called "Love". Taken in Vejer de la Frontera in the south of Spain in June 2018. 

It shows us a scene where a older woman crosses a street while being looked at by a man on a balcony. 

While we were wondering around the village of Vejer de la Frontera, one of the many white villages in the south of Spain, we saw many nice streets and buildings. Just before I took this picture we had a late breakfast at Peneque. Before we returned to the car to go to Barbate we saw this woman walk towards the crosswalk. The man on the balcony was already looking at her. The scene as you see it on the picture happened just seconds later. 

This photo has been part of an exhibition I had last year. It hang next to a picture I took a day before (Email) and a photo from Ronda (Toerist). During the exhibition this picture was one of the favourites of the visitors.

The pictures below have been taken just before and after the main shot

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Location Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

Details you can find in the picture

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In many parts of the world you'd find these wires connecting buildings and providing them with electricity and internet (I presume). You don't have that in The Netherlands, that's what make them fascinating to me. They are like the veins of village, supplying energy and information to all the organs of the body. You can find this detail appear in many of my photos. There is one picture I took in St. Petersburg featuring these wires as a graphical element. 

The cacti on the roof give a nice definition of the room line. If you would take them away you would miss the border which would make the photo out of balance. When I checked out the location on Google Streetview the cacti were not there and the shutters were closed. The whole atmosphere is totally different instantly. I remembered the scene differently then It actually was, but it is still find to check out Street view to locate the places were you took a picture and to relive the moment.

It looks like the man on the balcony and the women walking on the street are secretly in love. He glances over to her as if he remembers their last night together. At first I didn't notice the shorts the man was wearing. After I had scanned the film on high resolution and was retouching the picture I noticed this detail. 

In the background is a sign above the back door of Colegio Del Divino Salvador school on the right side of the photo. We only noticed it after showing the photo to a Spanish friend of ours who translated the sign for us. 

The garage door and the sign give the photo a nice balance.

That smile on her face makes this picture to me. The stories you could make out of that enjoyable smile are priceless. As if she knows that the man on the balcony is looking at her and she is thinking about the same thing as he is. 

She is dressed very nicely, wearing fashionable sunglasses, matching skirt and contrasting blouse. He is noticing as well. 

The contrast of the clothing, the building and the street with the crosswalk makes the woman stand out in this picture. Along with the love story make it one of my favorites.

The "Stop' warning before the crosswalk is playing an importart part of the photo. It plays with the story and is part of the layout. it tells the woman to stop walking and reach out to the man on the balcony. I love these kinds of graphical details. Everybody is implementing them in their own way. The white line next to the sign correlates 

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Gear used for this shot

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Camera Nikon F4s

Shutter speed 100/s

Aperture f/16

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Lens Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-D

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Film Ilford FP4 plus

Developer Ilford ID-11

On your wall 

Love in all sizes
Love in all sizes

And different finishes

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Love in 80cm x 120cm
Love in 80cm x 120cm

Dibond, Framed and UltraThin

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Love in 20cm x 30cm
Love in 20cm x 30cm

Dibond, Framed and UltraThin

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Love in all sizes
Love in all sizes

And different finishes

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Framed detail

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Dibond detail

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UltraThin