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Who’s watching who?

I much prefer taking photos where the subject is staring straight into the camera. It means the viewer of the photo gets the feeling they are being watched while they look.

In this case, however, a TV cameraman was filming me while I was taking a photo of the director. So the viewer is not only being stared at, but is being filmed too (I’ll explain why they were there in a couple of months – but before you get excited, it’s only a small role in a documentary being made for BBC Alba).

For a bit of extra fun, I overlaid an image of a piece of glass that's been sitting in the garden for several months. Finally, giving it a sepia tint makes the photo look a few decades old rather than the few weeks it actually is.

As usual, feel free to click on the image for a larger version


Unknown said...

I love the look the glass created. Beautiful shot.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Dale :)

savannah said...

i agree re: the glass! looking forward to hearing the "why" of the filming. ;) xoxoxox

hope said...

Agreed on the glass.

Ah, the fun of messing with someone's head.

You see, while I enjoyed the "Director's" gaze, I got antsy seeing a camera pointed in my direction...even if it's just the camera man for the documentary.

Can't wait to hear about the rest of THAT story.

Anonymous said...

Great shot Kim...the glass in the background is brilliant! Looking forward to the story behind the photo!

Unknown said...

Nice! As usual you figured out a way to make an intriguing shot even better.

mapstew said...

I've been hinting at a 'proper' camera for christmas! But seeing as our car died.....! :¬(

angryparsnip said...

What I like is the story you have made with this shot or the story I have come up with. Is the cameraman real or just an idea or spirit. The glass creates a beautiful feeling.

cheers, parsnip

Mary Witzl said...

I like the spotted glass look too. (Although I wish I could pull it off some of the photos we have that don't really need it.

Looking forward to hearing about this.

Anonymous said...

Cool photograph Kim!

katierobertsart said...

very very nice work Kim

katierobertsart said...

very very nice kim, love your work! You really seemed to have nailed it here - true to your intentions in content, concept and technique it seems... rolling stone here you come!

Eryl said...

Like Parsnip, I like the story here too: the director (of what?), the cameraman, the mucky glass pane. I like, too, that you've used something that's been lying around the garden, it makes me glad I never throw anything away. Not that I would ever be able to overlay any of my junk on a photo: Photoshop, Lightroom, even Picnik go over my head.

Kim Ayres said...

Savannah - probably more info on the "why" towards the end of January :)

Hope - we all feel a bit odd when we know we're being watched, but we feel it far worse when there's a camera pointing at us :)

Theanne & Baron - thank you :)

Carole - thank you :)

Mapstew - sorry to hear about the car :(
If you do get to a point of getting a camera, and need any advice, don't hesitate to ask :)

Parsnip - I hadn't thought of the idea of the cameraman as a spirit - that sounds like you could have fun with it :)

Mary - just take photos of the photos with the marks on them and call it art :)

Allen - thank you :)

Katie - thank you :)

Eryl - perhaps I should give you a few tutorials in Photoshop - it would be a great extra tool for your creativity :)

Falak said...

Beautiful! Very post modern with the whole image of an image thing :)

Waiting to hear the story behind it.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Falak :)

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