World of One: Resisto

Resisto
2021
Giclée
Image size (HxW): 24” x 47 1/8” inches | Edition of 5

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

Henry David Thoreau

Resisto is one of those images I think are technically terrible, but somehow easy to look at. By technically terrible, I mean the focus on most of the suits is slightly off. It was an overcast day and we had very little light, so there are bits of motion blur here and there. The horizon line is skewed. I only shot one roll for this image when I usually shoot three to four, and I ended up using nearly every frame on that roll. I even forgot to shoot a couple empty frames when I loaded the camera, and lost a plate for the background. That is to say, it definitely took an extra bit of photoshop magic to complete Resisto

But technicalities aside, I think I accomplished what I set out to do.

I first tried this particular composition with an earlier piece titled Angry Calm from 2016. But I was never really satisfied with the result. I felt like I was trying too many things, and should’ve focused down. This was part of the reason why I picked an overcast day, because I found the shadows in Angry Calm to be too distracting. I also realized I needed a more frontal perspective in order to make the Yin and Yang composition a bit more obvious. That said, I like looking at Resisto much more than I do Angry Calm. I also think the contrast between the two images show how my photography has developed over the past half decade. Maybe all this time I’ve spent working in commercial photography is paying off. It’d still be nice to get paid though!

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