Between Reps

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 01 2010

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:52mm
Shutter:2 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Backlit by Blinds

My suburban exercise routine amounts to a couple of push ups a couple times a week. It may well be the longest semi-formal sustained “workout” routine I’ve ever kept up. And when people ask what I photograph I still don’t say “well, sometimes when I’m breathing hard I look underneath myself and notice some really great shapes created by my knees and feet with sunlight coming in hot……”

I particularly like the frays of the denim’s edges. There’s this jagged border of brightness that serves as the separator between background and los pantalones. It’s particularly interesting at center-top, where it goes from blurred ankle to darkened out blob. I suppose I like it so much here because it’s an effect usually seen in hair backlit by sun. Of course some of my leg hair has also caught the rays, but there’s no boundary created there.

I don’t know if you get this feeling, but I somehow sense the figure (me) coming out of at me. Not necessarily out of the frame, but it’s like there’s this looming feel, a strong loom, that the figure is above me in my chair here. And it’s not the same feeling that you get when you’re in this position, looking out between your knees. Because then your head’s all upside down and your orientation is all out of whack anyway… I’ll have to think about this more and see if I can replicate it.

Notice the leg hair just barely touching the frame’s left and right sides. The perfectly centered line coming down between my heels. The sharpness of the carpet between the knees compared to the blur in fore and aft.

Just more found beauty framed.

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