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© Laura Hartley
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UploadedSeptember 7, 2009
TakenJanuary 28, 2009
Exposure1/100 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length41 mm
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Q: Why are some of the contest photos obviously photoshopped?

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

I can't help it . When it comes to photographing old barns, rustic buildings, or your run-o-the-mill areas of decay, I can NEVER settle for shooting "just the building." WHY?

During eight years spent studying Fine Art Photography in University, those mean, controlling, tactless Masters Of Photography who instructed me buried into the farthest recesses of my brain that certain images are simply NOT, nor shall EVER be, Fine Art Photography. For the record, what falls into the no no's to the Fine Art Photography category include: snapsots, family album pics, trite pet pics, zoo pics, that "single lonely tree" pic, flowers, pretty faces, and, of course, anything relating to calendar quality old barns. Our hands were slapped with the intellectual equivalent of the wooden ruler any time any of us Masters students so embarked upon such overused subjects.Failing to heed such Fine Art rules subjected the offender to such intense ridicule that the error was, most oft, never repeated.

However, the Fine Art Nude is ALWAYS considered classic, welcomed and good Fine Art Photography fodder.

That being stated, what if there exists just such a cool, timeless, old barn nearby that it practically SHREIKS "Photograph me!"? Well, friends, you end up wth a photo like this one. At least, you do after eight years of University!

THIS is my solution to the shooting of the rustic, decayed, falling down, old barn. I added the classic nude. NOW, I'm in a place where I can hold my head high, and not have to bother with the rioting hoards of angry Fine Art Photogarphers who might otherwise shun both my efforts, AND this JPG category.

Here we have "The Nude in an Old, Decayed Barn."

On a personal note, I like the contrast between my round, pink human form in reddish light, compared to the sordid greys and barren look of the barn.

27 responses

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    LOVELY Laura! Wonderful light, perfect framing...great

  • Benjamin Arthur

    Benjamin Arthur said (6 Sep 2009):

    Another great shot. VOTED

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    YES! I love old barns, and a nude only adds a warm element of life! A wonderful contrast. Great shot! Of course I voted!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman said (6 Sep 2009):

    Oh! I meant to say that I loved your narrative as well!!

  • ((pigotta08))

    ((pigotta08)) said (6 Sep 2009):

    well done!!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Back to vote :)

  • H T

    H T (Deleted) gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Good photo, good logic

  • Robert J Ross

    Robert J Ross gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Great image! Adding life where life once thrived. I too had Fine Art Masters, but I also have a rule about rules - who made them, what's their purpose, and how many can I break?

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay Olson-Goude

    Jay Olson-Goude gave props (7 Sep 2009):

    Very nice!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    bringing life & decay, perfect combo! and a + for the contrast you mentioned

  • Captain Nemo

    Captain Nemo gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    nicely done and of course you're right the warmth of your figure is a wonderful compliment to the cold decaying barn. thanks again for sharing.

  • Jeff Weber

    Jeff Weber gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    Great shot and beautiful framing. Your eyes go jumping all around it, finding one cool thing after another. Must have been hard to expose right, but you nailed it.

  • Photo Gothic

    Photo Gothic gave props (12 Sep 2009):

    well done!

  • Ib Corneliussen Nielsen

    Ib Corneliussen Nielsen gave props (15 Sep 2009):

    I like the contrast between highlighted body and barn, fine light and colors

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (17 Sep 2009):

    so love this...cannot wipe this smile off my face..fine art photographer and add writer too!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Sep 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (29 Sep 2009):

    Great compo, my vote

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    beautiful, powerful composition. you've made super usage of light, imho. plus, i love shooting barns

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (2 Oct 2009):


  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (10 Oct 2009):

    Brilliant use of light, as usual and I'm sure your profs would be proud.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    another great job with the lighting. amazing foresight!

  • Tom Drew

    Tom Drew (Deleted) said (6 Jan 2010):

    Amazing! Love your work!

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (6 Jan 2010):

    Feed 'em rice. Who needs "rules" when you have talent!. :)

    Your work is original.... which is saying a lot these days!

  • marcos m

    marcos m (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    great shot, huge tease. endless images come up thinking what's inside the barn.......

  • Tim van den Berg

    Tim van den Berg gave props (8 Nov 2010):

    Know the rules of art to know how to discard them. Well done.

  • Lee Tonks

    Lee Tonks said (2 Jan 2011):

    very cool, I love the framing and the lighting on your subject.. and Thank you for taking the time to look at and comment on my work, much appreciated!

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