Blork’s Photos of the Week

Here is the latest with my kinda-sorta-maybe weekly reports of my favorite finds during the previous week’s tours around the photoblogosphere.

lonelyDonina posted a photograph of a ceiling in a rundown room. At first glance it doesn’t look like much, but as I take it in and notice the sad details, it brings to mind the lonely nights I’ve spent in strange and faraway places. Not that there have been so many, but when they happen I tend to spend a lot of time staring at the ceiling.

I like images like this that have the power to evoke memories in viewer. It’s a bit like in literature, when a story is not just about the characters or the narrator; when it evokes memories or emotional responses in the reader based on imagery that taps into something just below the surface.

fuzzyOutafocus scored again, with an image that brings to mind the South African outback as described in the literature of J. M. Coetzee. In particular, it makes me think of his 1977 novel In the Heart of the Country, which describes the most bleak characters and landscape imaginable.

The photograph is another in another of Susan Burnstine’s “toy camera” shots, which means it has nothing to do with formal or “correct” techniques. However, the composition is right on, and the slightly tilted horizon adds to the overall surreal and slightly vertiginous nature of the image.

yikes!Julien Roumagnac of the J. R. Photoblog, scores a hit with this crisp image of a chunk of stuff lying on the ground near a Montreal highway overpass. It’s not just the timely nature of the image (given recent events in Quebec), but I like the way he mixes the formats of reportage and very formal landscape photography.

He appears to be using the HDR (high dynamic range) post-processing method here (and in his other image). That’s a way of processing an image in Photoshop so that it delivers a tremendous amount of detail in the highlights and shadows. Unfortunately, the method has become so popular that some people use it as an end in itself. Roumagnac, however, is quite the master of landscape photography, and he has a firm command of the technique. He uses it to enhance his images to great effect.

i had one like that...Mute posted a fun image last week that’s worth a mention. It’s a classic black & white, square format shot of a tricycle, take at what appears to be a street market. It’s not a profound image but it has a certain poignancy and it made me smile.

An old tricycle, probably with a lot of history but clearly on its last legs. It’s got a limp from a missing tire in the back, yet it is tagged for some reason, and marked “fragile.” I like the contrast with the bigger bicycle in the background, which is also old but seems fitter. I don’t know what’s going on here, but I don’t really care. It’s fun to just look at, think to about the possibilities.

Click on the thumbnails to go to the original posts, where you can see the full images (recommended).