I have picked some of my images from the Europe trip and I’d like you to decide which is the best in your opinion. The top 2 scorers I will get printed asap.
A. B C D E F G H IJAs part of decompression from the intensity of photographing almost daily for 3 weeks I have been looking at a few books. The one that has arrived most recently was excellent. The photographer was mentioned in Venice in Winter and I ordered from Amazon Gianni Berengo Gardin – Stories of a Photographer.
He is still alive and is well into his 80s, having been born in 1930. His work has a feel of Cartier Bresson to it although he declines the comparison. Some of his Venice images brought back thoughts of my own efforts; G and H above for example. Clearly his are much better and it was fascinating how he took the same thought process and made a much better image. I found myself looking at his photographs in much more detail to see how he composed them. I have a sense that I am on a journey of discovery photographically. Some of the other photographers referred to in his book are now going to be on my book wish list. One thing that did make me smile was the comment that Leica Fotografie magazine once rejected his photos as being grainy. Now that seems a virtue as we look back with nostalgia.
I also tried to play with image G to see if I could get more impact by cropping. After several goes I dropped the idea. Somehow the single face amongst the sea of the crowd seems to have more impact than trying to zoom in on it. And quality suffers too, Probably too much noise / grain 😉
If I print these larger format I may well end up processing them slightly differently. We shall see. But your feedback will help me think through what works and what does not.