B&W Paris Streets (on music) : Tell me what you think, please.

Started Mar 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
RoelHendrickx
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Pete, thank you for elaborating further... WOW!!
In reply to Pete Berry, Mar 19, 2013

Pete Berry wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

s_grins wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

s_grins wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

s_grins wrote:

I felt very unsettled.

I suppose you mean that the transitions made you dizzy? You are not the only one...

Or did I misunderstand and does the content upset you?

Your slide show did not make me dizzy, it is unsettling. It makes me ready to sacrifice my life to protect Paris, France, the whole civilization from imminent threat coming from unknown direction.

Please elaborate. I am fascinated and puzzled at the same time.

Or did I miss an implied smiley?

Do my images give you the impression of looking at a civilization on the verge of collapse or disaster? Rome before the Vandals invade it? Or Pompeï before the Vesuvius burst?

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NO SMILES.

Your side show somehow connects my memory to documentary about WWII and occupation of Paris. Perhaps it is a combination of B/W and music. There is something alarming in your masterpiece.

That is an effect that I could not possibly have anticipated.

I see the slideshow as romantic, and there is not a single atom in my mind that made any connection with WWII.

If anything, Paris in B&W creates mental connections with Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau (obviously: without implying that my work is of that level)

So : very strange but also interesting.

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I agree very much with the comments above by s-grins. And yes, HC-B did come to mind.

Although the content was masterful, it was impossible for me to separate form from content - and in my perception the form was cast by the relentless clock's ticking, the alarm of muffled artillery rolling in the background. Yet time was frozen by the stills, the non-stop panning and zooming only accentuating the fact that for these people there was No Exit.

Alarming, unsettling, disturbing, but at the same time so captivating I was forced to watch it again.

PB

Pete, thank you for elaborating further.

I think you made me understand also s-grins' comments better.

And both of you may even have a point.

That is probably because you experienced this slideshow as a whole, and for you a fresh experience, and let the whole create an impression.  And then I can see that the effect of the music combined with the panning-zooming can create uneasiness.

It was hard for me to understand s-grins' comment at first, because I know all of the components of the show so well, and each individually they are about romance, that is was hard for me (as the creator) to see the whole package without dissecting into the elements I am familiar with.

Pfew, that sounds complicated.  I hope I am somewhat clear.

Another way to put it:

* The individual photos are for me street shots that concentrate on moments of intimacy in a big city, under a very bright wintery sun with long shadows. A positive thing.

* The music is a longtime favourite of mine: it is Gainsbourg-esque and it is about the attraction and tension between men and women.  Also a positive thing.

* The slideshow effects are a bit over the top, but were intended to bring dynamism and guide the eye of the viewer.  Not intended to unsettle.

So, for me it was hard to understand how a cocktail of three positives could have an alarming effect on anybody.  But I guess that for a first-time viewer, indeed a different total impression is quite possible.

Take the example of pictures of a clown in thought (positive) and melancholy music (positive).  Combining them could result in a package that suggests sadness.

VERY INTERESTING.   It offers me a totally new perspective.

Thanks!

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