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    Posted: 16 November 2020 at 01:36
“Show something in a way so that people will feel they are seeing it for the first time.” (Harold Feinstein).   “We are not interested in the usual but in the usual seen unusually.” (Beaumont Newhall). Restricted by the pandemic from exploring my customary out-of-doors scenes, I have tried to apply Harold Feinstein’s and Beaumont Newhall’s ideas to the more mundane subjects of the tools and related objects found on my at-home workbench.   By use of silhouettes I have tried to emphasize the line and shape of each object and in many cases have attempted to create a bit of a puzzle for the viewer to solve.   


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A good example of applying a study to everyday tools. It certainly will make the creative and artistic minds think, so you reached a goal here (maybe not yours, just "a" goal). You pioneered in many ways before and this is again a good example. For this community very helpful to see another way to present images. TFS Roger .
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Interesting idea. TFS.
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Hi Roger,

A great idea and I like the simplicity of these a lot - the simpler they are; the more you are drawn in to think about the image, it's creation and what you, the photographer, were trying to say and, perhaps, make the viewer think about the image. So much 'dynamic space' (whatever that is...) and a strong and graphic use of the tonal differences - I like these a lot (and yes; even those that 'break the frame edge' ).

So - is it only me that is taken the most by the first image and, especially, by the small point of the screwdriver blade being placed vertically yet the screw head next to it is placed with the slot horizontally? No wonder I have difficulties screwing things together... Just one of the small points I noticed that made me think.

Thanks for sharing these and, please, don't stop being creative and making us think along the way.

Take care and stay safe over there.

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Neil I reckon the screws are Phillips-head, whereas the driver is flatheaad .

But I particularly like #6 I think it is - with the hand plane breaking the bottom "plane" of the image.

The play of shapes has, IMO, gotten more sophisticated, and the composition as well, since your first forays, Roger. I'm not so sure about #10 though, unless there's a play on "quartersawn," or some dialogue between saw blades with a different tooth count, but it's likely it has gone over my head, whatever it is.
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Thanks all for the interesting comments. A second set will follow.

MichelvA - Thanks for recognizing my past attempts at going beyond merely recording a subject but rather trying to interpret or offer an a alternative. Experimenting with photography has always been a significant aspect of my enjoyment of the hobby.

owenn01 - I recognize that going astray from "straight" photography results in a smaller appreciative or interested audience. Glad you find this series of interest. In #1 the orientation of the screwdriver and screw was deliberate - a bit of the puzzle. (See additional comment about #1 below).

Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Neil I reckon the screws are Phillips-head, whereas the driver is flatheaad


The screw is one of those hybrid screws that accepts both a Phillips head and a flat head screwdriver. Not sure I understand your comment about #10 but there is a lot these days (age 74) I do not understand! - no underlying intent on my part.
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Roger, it's a good continuation of this theme (following your tools post). Absolutely inspiring work, and it certainly makes you think.
What is that black thing in the top of #6? Why did he choose to compose it like this? I agree with Neil that less is more here, however #1 is my favourite too.
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Actually I like these. Very well done.
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

What is that black thing in the top of #6? Why did he choose to compose it like this?


Fred_S - Not sure if you were asking yourself the questions and had the answers or if you are asking me. If directed to me, the top part of the image is the very bottom of the plane with the angled blade just barely showing. I presented it this way to add interest, present a bit of a puzzle to engage the viewer.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

What is that black thing in the top of #6? Why did he choose to compose it like this?


Fred_S - Not sure if you were asking yourself the questions and had the answers or if you are asking me. If directed to me, the top part of the image is the very bottom of the plane with the angled blade just barely showing. I presented it this way to add interest, present a bit of a puzzle to engage the viewer.

I figured it out myself already but thanks for teh explanation Roger!
You certainly managed to present a bit of puzzle to me
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