Smokey Robinson

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 11 2010

Category: portrait

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Patterns in Lines

This portrait didn’t strike me as too special the first time I edited through it. Now though, it’s… it’s dazzling me in so many ways. This was also another one of those portraits where I declared to my to-be subject, I gotta photo you right here right now because there’s some incredible light and other stuff that… well, I just gotta shoot it.

What I’m really seeing this time is all the different patterns in lines and whatnot throughout the image. They’re everywhere. The four curved lines from the chair back on the bottom left. The vinyl siding. The X’s formed by the legs of the red chair. The two-mesh four-plain repetition on the ceiling/below the gutter. And so on and so forth.

Next, there’s no blank spots here really. Every corner has some jagged lines disrupting its peace. Non-uniform busy-ness is relentless throughout. The shadows from the tree, the shadows on the lip of the chair the cat’s on, the cat’s fur, the grill and electrical conduit and … everything!

But anguish not, amid this madness there is reprieve. A loving and sweet delicious relationship between Man and Feline. Between Gaurk and Smokey Robinson. Ahhhh, tis magic. Mostly because the cat looks indelibly satisfied and the Man who Petted… well he’s lookin’ pretty good too.

This one’s for you Smokey!

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