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history in numbers       ©2016 forkcandles
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000       10th place, 77 points
1/250s, f3.6, ISO 125, 70mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: original jpeg which is black and white
convert to entry size
converted to negative
all above in fast stone image viewer
in photoshop adjusted output sharpener
used bw filter silver efex
used high over exposed filter and
checked properties and entered
      Extra Info: this is a installation by a local artist and each of the hand wrapped shrouds represents one of the fatalities suffered at the Battle of the Somme on the first day, which was 19327.
i choose to leave figures in shot to give idea of size of the installation. i was lucky to get a shot before the crowd barriers were erected.
we have a family connection who survived the war but never spoke of the time he served.
 
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forkcandles
Nov 14, 2016
    this is the link which was not available on the day of the picture was taken

http://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/shrouds-of-the-somme-at-bristol-cathedral-p2141353

check it out

dk
Nov 14, 2016
    I'd add that your figures left in gave me the impression of the lives lost at this long and horrific battle.

Mepo
Nov 13, 2016
    The negative treatment works brilliantly. The figure present a sense of scale and appear almost ghostly. Very well done.

Lo
Nov 13, 2016
    What a sobering representation of the horrors of war. The negative treatment is interesting, though I wish there were more detail in the foreground to actually see the hand wrapped shrouds.

aoc46
Nov 12, 2016
    Very dramatic presentation. Glad you left in the figures, though i might have cut off those at the far right.

forkcandles
Nov 12, 2016
    Ysal they are representative body shrouds
Kerszkavet

the human element in the frame on the rh side wore high vis jackets and even in greyscale they were distracting.
also war especially this battle was a harsh learning curve for the British Army and the total body count/ casualties for all armies on that day was 1million and that to me is a negative thinking hence the use of the negative image

the anniversery especially in england that most families can or do have a relative who was killed wounded or damaged by the war
whole villages lost their men folk and also chnaged the world of women for the better

kerszkavet
Nov 12, 2016
    Really interesting decision to post a B&W negative, would love to hear your reasons. It does make it a little hard to make out exactly what the objects are, but does add to the drama of the image.

I like the angle and composition, especially the way individual shrouds in the foreground become a mass in the far corners. I also like that you left the people in for scale.

The recent crossover between art and remembrance is interesting, with the poppies at the tower of london, last year's silent actors, and now this.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 11, 2016
    Most definitely historic... M=Not sure about the negative effect, but that might just be my personal preference. I can imagine some might love it!

ysal
Nov 11, 2016
    Very interesting shot. I'm trying to figure out what each of those items are...
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