Facing the North Sea

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© Alexis - Now on Flickr
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90 responses

  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (27 Nov 2007):

    I love it !

  • Evelyne Peten

    Evelyne Peten said (27 Nov 2007):

    où sont les crevettes grises?!!!!!!
    très chouette!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (27 Nov 2007):

    This picture has the feel of a painting by Msagritte.

  • Jon Wollenhaupt

    Jon Wollenhaupt (Deleted) said (27 Nov 2007):

    Very painterly. Wonderful color and light. I wish you had given that window a wipe before shooting. There is such enticing clarity to the DOF and light- the streaks on the window are a distraction. I think Photoshop has a "Windex" tool.

  • jose gonzalez

    jose gonzalez said (27 Nov 2007):

    Fantastic composition..

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (27 Nov 2007):

    Fantastic still life - the lighting makes it so outstanding!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (27 Nov 2007):

    Thank you all! Jon I like the streaks on the window because they give the image a bit of "grit" to balance the painterly look. But I take your point that the image might work better without them, and I'll definitely try to make a version like that to check out the result. I appreciate the suggestion!

  • Llorenç Rosanes

    Llorenç Rosanes (Deleted) said (27 Nov 2007):

    Here you have overcome the lights of Wolfgang Tillmans.

  • Emma Brahas

    Emma Brahas said (28 Nov 2007):

    Great! A big YEAH!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) said (28 Nov 2007):

    Excellent compo!

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (28 Nov 2007):

    The color...oh the color. The light, the composition...

  • Amanda Means

    Amanda Means gave props (28 Nov 2007):

    I thought the streaks were bird poop. Hence the birds eye view. Maybe just my distorted reality. It is a great picture.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (28 Nov 2007):

    Thank you Ronnie, Emma, Federic and Rachel! Dan, I've loved Abell's work for years, and I'm honored by that comparison. And Llorenç, thank you for introducing me to Wolfgang Tillmans, I did'nt know his work and I'm honored by that comparison too. Finally, thank you Amanda and yes - the streaks are indeed bird (seagull) poop!

  • judy fouse

    judy fouse gave props (28 Nov 2007):

    Actually, Alexis, I kept looking at the photo over and over again, trying to figure out what it was I was seeing (the streaks). Anything that causes you to look and look and look again can't be bad. It is like a photo my husband took of a windsurfer at sunset with him sailing through the trail of the sunlight. He also had some very faint power lines and towers in the background. I had people tell me we should have removed the lines. But we like the effect of wind power, sun power, and electric power.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (29 Nov 2007):

    This is fantastic and just the kind of "slice of life" image I love. Feel like I have been in this room myself. Great capture!

  • Kristin Mitchell

    Kristin Mitchell (Deleted) said (29 Nov 2007):

    your genius reminds me how much I still have to learn about photography, and how much I still want to learn!
    It feels very "moment of calm before the storm".

  • David James Lee

    David James Lee said (1 Dec 2007):

    nice,very nice. but i would have loved to see it in the windows theme instead of here.

  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (2 Dec 2007):

    I don't know if it fits or not with the theme, but for sure I know that this is a very good one, and I do agree with Aaron "a Veermer painting"

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Dec 2007):

    and it rock too!

  • Emanuela Franchini

    Emanuela Franchini said (3 Dec 2007):

    amazing shot and it's a yeah!!

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (5 Dec 2007):

    beautiful serene image - i love the depth with the foreground, middle & background and the apple, ashtray and chair provide perfect focal points leading the eye to the sea - perfectly composed!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson said (12 Jan 2008):

    If only I could vote twice. I dig the poop on the windows, it adds a blast of reality to an image of perfection. The light play on the table is revealing as well. Sublime perfection.

  • Walburgis Meijers

    Walburgis Meijers gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    excellent Hollands Light

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2008):

    This is dark and light all at the same time. There's so much I like about it. The composition like a painting is one of them. I came to this because of Aaron Schwartz decision to leave. This photo carries such symbolism to me. An apple for all the enjoyment JPG is, an ashtray for my cigarettes as I process this loss, the dark emptiness of the vista expresses my sadness, looking through a window is the distance at which we enjoy each other at this community. I too would love a bottle of wine and some of our choice community to share it with. As I enjoyed this image I found myself, a 35 year old woman, sucking my thumb - which I never do! Your image has moved me to deep thought. Well done Alexis.

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (15 Mar 2008):

    don't know how I missed this! such a beautiful mood.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (15 Mar 2008):

    great tribute, Alexis. Aaron will be missed...

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (15 Mar 2008):

    can't believe I missed this one, like so many others on this wonderful page for Aaron

  • Lis Bokt

    Lis Bokt said (15 Mar 2008):

    Such a beautiful tribute to an amazing person. I love your post - I found it perfectly eloquent. And the images to go with -reminded me why I'm so fond of the people I've met here on JPG.

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato said (16 Mar 2008):

    This was already one of my favourites but now it's for Aaron the empty chair gives it a very moving atmosphere.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    Wow, this really is wonderful.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott said (29 Mar 2008):

    i can't believe i didn't favourite this earlier!

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (28 May 2008):

    Fantàstica aquesta fotografia!

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (29 May 2008):

    Great set up beautiful colors, well thought.

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (5 Jul 2008):

    Magic...The north ligh is so strange sometime, isnt'it?

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2008):

    Interesting study, Alexis!!

  • Pascal Fellonneau

    Pascal Fellonneau said (30 Aug 2008):

    I really enjoy to see this again, one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen, and I'm not kidding you. So little and so much in the same time. Bravo !

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (4 Sep 2008):

    Thank you all for your wonderful and inspiring comments. I will do my best to give you new images to enjoy .

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    all of the above - just incredible!!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    This is my favorite of the series!

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (1 Apr 2009):

    Love this impressionist painting. Limited props, nice colors. Who would love to have a cup of silence?

  • Delmas Green

    Delmas Green (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    Nice......clean, simple, great comp.....excellent photography!

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    excellent in all ways!!!

  • Andrea Jeckering

    Andrea Jeckering gave props (8 Apr 2009):

    The lighting is enchanting!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (31 May 2009):

    This is one of my favourite photographs ever.

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (9 Jun 2009):

    Dutch School of Painting! Still life with external light - what a great picture - exceptional privilege of staying home...

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (13 Aug 2009):

    I adore your composition here! I think the streaks add great character to this photo!

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (7 Sep 2009):

    LuV the Light you captured....

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    How did I miss this?.....truly a Masterpiece!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    F A B U L O U S !

  • Dominik Å»yÅ‚owski

    Dominik Żyłowski (Deleted) gave props (9 Jan 2010):

    great composition of colors

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    Amazing..... Fantastic "DOF".. I love it

  • Scott Shealy

    Scott Shealy (Deleted) said (20 Jan 2010):

    great light, great composition

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful !

  • M. G. Glez

    M. G. Glez said (29 Sep 2010):

    It reminded me of Matisse....fantastic!

  • Tijana Cvjetićanin

    Tijana Cvjetićanin gave props (20 Nov 2010):

    awwwww the light!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    Perfect for the theme, I voted.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (29 Jan 2011):

    My vote for this fantastic image and entry!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    Sorry I missed this one. Incredible shot. Voted.

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    wonderful, my vote

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (31 Jan 2011):

    Superb again, voted!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (4 Feb 2011):

    Wonderfully inviting image....the streaks on the window doesn't bother me a bit, it's what I've seen on windows where seagulls frequent so it just makes it true. ; ) There is so many awesome elements to look at! *voted*

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (7 Feb 2011):


  • melanie scott

    melanie scott said (19 Feb 2011):

    still love it...back to vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Feb 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    Vote and Fave!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (25 Feb 2011):

    btv for this beyond wonderful image.....

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Magnifique photo

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (2 Mar 2011):

    excellent!! voted.

  • Kraftaverk

    Kraftaverk (Deleted) said (3 Mar 2011):

    Thanks for your comment! I really enjoy your minimalistic but still poetic style of your images! Do some more too!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Excellent ...!! VOTED

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Absolutely stunning ! My vote !

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (6 Mar 2011):

    Wow, voted

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (8 Mar 2011):

    love the composition! voted.

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (10 Mar 2011):

    Simply amazing!! I love the streaks on the window contrasted by the dark clouds! Just a perfect shot!!

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (10 Mar 2011):

    Certainly gets the "Rad" button clicked!!

  • christa masters

    christa masters gave props (11 Mar 2011):

    wow, you captured some amazing light! and the colors in the apple tie in with the whole image...great! voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Mar 2011):

    A true work of art!

  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    and...another yeah!!! ;-))

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    Amazing capture! voted

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    somewhat funny !...very calming...love this. wish I was there. great for this theme.

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (20 Mar 2011):

    great, my vote!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    The color and comp are superb! Somehow the lighting reminds me of Vermeer. Beautifully done, Alexis! voted.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    beautiful! voted!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (6 Apr 2011):

    One super photograph, voted.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (21 Apr 2011):

    BTV on this extraordinry capture!

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2011):

    I wouldn't change a thing....a real beauty Alexis....voted.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (12 May 2011):

    So perfect for this theme!!

  • Donovan Ramirez

    Donovan Ramirez said (4 Sep 2011):

    reeeeally amazing!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (22 Apr 2012):

    Love the lighting in this composition. Wonderful work.

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