STILL LIFE 42 – JACKDAW WITH ELECTRICS (MONO + COLOUR)
July 2, 2016 10 Comments
What do I think about this image? Well, to start with, it looks odd, and the more so perhaps because I’ve re-coloured the more colourful elements after taking the whole thing into slightly toned black and white.
Then there is a disparate assemblage of elements here, the living, natural bird on the one hand and all those decidedly non-natural electrics on the other – and those electrics are held up in the air, safely away from the likes of you and me, on wooden poles – which are formerly living (and now rounded for purpose) natural things.
And the bird is looking out of the picture, away from all the technology. Is there disdain there, in that averted gaze, for the immobile, Unnatural World? Or maybe there is the knowledge that that World has certainly, by one means or another, significantly reduced the numbers of this country’s wild birds within the lifetime of the FATman who, out of frame, is standing below this tableau and looking up.
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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Yellowed 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.