Half on the Side

By: Gustav Hoiland

Dec 02 2010

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Pores, Enamel, Etc...

Massive printing tomorrow. Dozens of images will be flying off the presses. It. Will. Be. Delightful. The bulk of it is what could be deemed something of a retrospective to my time at the job. Or at least the way I interpret the visual environment of my workplace. Which really has nothing at all in common with my responsibilities as a hopefully well regarded employee.

I’m struck by the blackness that lies in the nostril and mouth. Especially the mouth. Look at that transition near the top where it goes from vibrant red to the abyss to a strangely shiny bone. Somehow that’s working for me.

Next up is the never ending cheek. It finishes out the frame. It blurs a bit as it goes on, but it really doesn’t look like a face generally looks. It seems like it goes on for too long, especially since it doesn’t hit sideburn or ear. Maybe.

Finally, the elements in the frame are strongly organic in shape and nature I suppose. Which is a given until you think about the incredibly rigid rectangle that holds them. It’s a prison of walls that do not smoosh or restrict the face, but set strict boundaries for what makes it to the viewer.

ramblramblerambleramble, my cubicle’s about to get its own gallery show.

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