Photoessay: Ambiguity, part I

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I make no claims to have any idea what any of these people are doing – and judging from how some of them look in certain locations, I suspect neither do they themselves. But that’s okay, because it makes for the kind of open-ended storytelling photography that allows us to fit our own narrative to things, and thus manage to satisfy a wider variety of audience expectations. In my previous work of this kind, I’ve always tried to provide some sort of serving suggestion for the narrative; in these sets, I’ve deliberately stayed away from that as far as possible and focused on curation for the sake of visual entertainment only. Shadows, textures, patterns, dynamism and implied flow…but no immediate narrative. Because honestly, why not? MT

This series was shot with a mixed bag of hardware over some period of time and multiple locations, but predominantly the Nikon Z7, mostly the 24-70/4 S and my custom SOOC JPEG profiles.

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Prints from this series are available on request.

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Comments

  1. You do more with reflections and shadows than any other photographer I follow. These are excellent shots, dreamy almost. And very artistic!

  2. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    I quite agree – if you provide the narrative, it spoils the fun – puts blinkers on the viewer, constrains the viewer to approach the image through your interpretation, instead of being able to explore the image with a completely open mind. Who knows? – maybe the viewer will react with a completely different interpretation and provide you with a narrative that had escaped you entirely!

    Something similar frequently attacks me while I am post processing images I have taken.

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