Grounded

Grounded (2013) Ashley Lily Scarlett

Grounded (2013)
Ashley Lily Scarlett

Addendum: The longer I look at this, the more that gap in the pavers bothers me, so I’ve re-cropped and got rid of as much as I could. Better if I’d been paying more attention when I took the shot but . . .

Grounded v2 (2013)  Ashley Lily Scarlett

Grounded v2 (2013)
Ashley Lily Scarlett

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21 comments

      • ehpem

        I did not say it bothered me, just that it made me think! Which is good. I am glad you are amending it and not taking it down. I kind of liked how the crack led to that black spot on the wall. But seeing the revised crop, I like that the black spot is gone. The crack did not bother me, and still doesn’t. What I was thinking about was the crop through the neck, like some kind of guillotine at work. Rather disturbing, which adds to the feel of the photo.

        • Syncopated Eyeball

          I was glad for your initial comment, ehpem, it made me take another look.
          Even in the amended version that crack still bothers me but I like it much more than the original, so thank you. πŸ™‚

  1. Claude

    Alas! That’s life….

    That”s what people say when a misfortune hits one. We should say: That’s death! Because you all die a little when your body or your soul is stranded.

  2. spilledinkguy

    Very powerful stuff…
    I don’t think it would have occurred to me to try a crop like this, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. Not seeing the birds ‘face’ makes this more ‘general’ for me somehow… like it could apply to ‘any’. And yet it seems to also become more ‘personal’… because I find myself starting to look for other distinguishing characteristics….
    I think it’s very nicely done, S.E.

    • Syncopated Eyeball

      Yes, it is. I’m surprised that I see so few dead creatures about the place. I suppose that if they can, they find a quiet place to die. This one was in a bus depot so maybe it got hit by a bus.

  3. elmediat

    Powerful & evocative composition.
    “The Detective spotted the Bird. It wasn’t a clue, just a reminder that in the scheme of things someone had to take notice of the abandoned shadows & collaterally damaged that hid in plain sight on the hard edges & cracks of the city sidewalks. If not the Detective, then who ?”

  4. Luddy's Lens

    Huh, I think the original is fine. My eye kinda follows the gap through the photo, gap to the bird to the dot above the bird. That makes it a different story, though, so I see why you cropped it down.

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