The Pot Prop

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 08 2010

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:40mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Light Striped Metal

Daily self portraits continued. This time with a cylindrical cooking utensil in hand. When I imagined using the pot as a prop I had intended to wear it as a hat. The concept somehow reminded me of a raccoon skin hat with the black plastic handle somehow being reminiscent of the poof of the rodent’s tail seen in old photographs of loggers. Turns out the diameter of said pot was insufficient.

The abundance of dead space is the first thing I like. The high contrast and generally dark objects that swim in this void are the second thing. Though they’re not really separable. Maybe. Whatever it is, the combination of the two is the primary thing that makes this image immediately catchy.

Next, the incompleteness of it all is a bit intriguing, and admittedly casts the image as a bit strange (though short of surreal). Look at the shape created by the forearm at right, emerging from the outside. It thins out from this very wide black-to-grey thing into a tiny wrist with the hand at its end. Notice the contrast between the top of the arm and the white versus the lower arm-to-white section. I don’t know how much it does for the image, but it’s … well it’s an element to remember.

Also the hand in the left corner is a nice accent.

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