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Man Alone

Man Alone

A few people asked how the effect of the last image was achieved. With the last one and with this no digital effects are present other than to switch to to b/w and a slight crop only. The technique is 1930's processing.

Without emotion, without a feeling, without a soul there is no point!

All the best. mal

Man Alone

Man Alone

A few people asked how the effect of the last image was achieved. With the last one and with this no digital effects are present other than to switch to to b/w and a slight crop only. The technique is 1930's processing.

Without emotion, without a feeling, without a soul there is no point!

All the best. mal

comments (61)

any intentional camera shake? We can always do with some new tricks
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 20 Apr 2007, 00:50
Cool Mal,

But I struggle to understand your comments above expecially "The technique is 1930's processing." Am I being stupid but WHAT TECHNIQUE are you talking about? Maybe a little bit more information would help :d

Mal, know you've got to share your secret(s) with me. What can i do to shoot like you? Seriously
  • Raymond
  • e-New Zealand
  • 20 Apr 2007, 01:40
From Post Modernism to a visual intellectualism (no such term, just coined it now :p). Another fine, and emotive, picture Mal.

One could also say: without thinking, without action, and without compassion a politician is born.

But yes, without emotion and reaction there is no point in connecting with others...

So, without love, trust, honesty, open communication, and faith there can be no meaningful relationship between man, God, woman, child, art, and yourself; therefore without emotion, you are only left with your life's business plan. What is life without love?

Very good photograph, and statement you laid out here my friend!

Without Mal, there is no shutterchance wink (hehe)

I am glad we're friends, keep up the good work! smile

hey mal,

wow, a very abstract, eerie shot. i love the airy feeling to the shot, and the white whispy trails really add to the atmosphere.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Apr 2007, 04:46
you're right about the fact that if there is no emotion that there is no point. (unless we are talking zombies and without those there would be no 'return of the living dead'). i love the lighting in the shot emphasizing the isolation of the man. Once again the title is a perfect fit with the image. I was watching a documentary the other night about some receivers of heart transplants having memories and sensations of their donors. i think you have given us a transplant here. fanstastic shot mal.
He might be 'alone' but he's walking in the light..not a bad place to be..even in the rain..Another gem, Mr. Mal. I love your words: "without emotion, without a feeling, without a soul, there is no point!"
You're a gem, Mal. smile
Strange atmosphere, but so nice shot ! Well done Mal !
  • Abi
  • 20 Apr 2007, 06:24
only you can turn a man on the street to a zombie in a burial
Caotic, beautiful, atractive...
All I can do is say WOW !!
  • Steve
  • Deepest Surrey
  • 20 Apr 2007, 08:53
Another fabby-dabby-doso shot from the Malmeister. Very effective. I was putting together a comment ruminating on the technical methods you might have employed for this shot as your explanation is somewhat cryptic smile

But I lost the comment when I did something or other and it's just as well 'cos I reckon I've figured out how you did it, although it's not a method I've ever tried myself.

Keep it up Mal, your photography is something we should all aspire to.
  • paul
  • 20 Apr 2007, 09:07
you've got to tell us more than '1930s processing'! However you do it, it is a great effect
  • Lilith
  • over the rainbow
  • 20 Apr 2007, 09:36
Ohh scary! Have you seen the film Constantine when they are in Hell? Reminds me so much of that. Very good Mal.
This is something else Mal. Love this kind of shot. A load of artistry to get it right.
  • Urv
  • 20 Apr 2007, 10:25
awesome shot
As usual, i'm trying to figure out how you achieved this. I'm a bit confused: you said there was no significant editing - which, i think, means that you achieved the effect of this today's image through your camera at the time the shot was taken, rather than subsequently, through some software or in a darkroom, but 1930's PROCESSING implies otherwise. Praytell, what is the secret of this shot?

Awesome shot, by the way.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Apr 2007, 12:10
I have a post coming up on monday and many of the lines here reminds me of what can be seen in that picture. All these questions reminds me that maybe I should add in an explanation how it was done. You EXIF says you used Av, where I used Tv. Any how enough of that.

Spellbinding picture. It looks as if this guy took off his coat while walking in buckets full of rain. So either he love rain or he couldn't care less - your title indicates the latter.

1930's processing tongue
  • Diya
  • 20 Apr 2007, 12:51
this is a shot one can feel the what is said. very nice Mal
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Apr 2007, 13:20
Forgive this connection, Mal, but your text has reminded me of what several witnesses have said about the man who did the senseless shootings at VA Tech this week: he was emotionless! No expression on his face!

So maybe we can go one step further and say that without emotion, without a feeling, without a soul there is mental illness/disturbia!

Thanks for illiciting so much thought!
Yum, me likey. smile
"Without emotion, without a feeling, without a soul there is no point!" never said a truer word mal....
love the shot, one of those absolute stunners...
  • chris p
  • the swifts have arrived now too!
  • 20 Apr 2007, 15:58
Now this one's scary!!!
  • Gary
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:05
amazing, surreal image
this is very lovely Mal.
  • jelb
  • France
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:32
Well done shot! Strange...Bravo!
very nice as usual, I like the BW.
Excellent shot. Photography through beer goggles!
  • Ellie
  • 21 Apr 2007, 00:29
Moody, morose, and also very good!

Now tell us what you mean by 1930's processing!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Apr 2007, 02:26
Hi Mal. I believe you deliberately produce surreal images, such as this stunning example. I occasionally achieve something like this by accident, and am presently incapable of reproducing them...I have a lot to learn about photography, and looking at your photoblog is helping.

Regarding your provocative words....actually, I think there is always a point, although it can sometimes be a little obscure. If emotion/feeling/soul are not present, then perhaps the point is that a "Quest" is called for find these missing/mislaid pieces.
le flou est délicieux
Eerie. Very evocative.
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 21 Apr 2007, 15:47
That's certainly a contrast to all those spring pictures that pop up in all blogs, galleries and photo-forums right now. Looks like heavy rain - I hope, the photo is not supposed to picture spring weather at your place...!

Feels a bit like an old french film noir.
These are that type of photos thatÂ… or you like or you do not like. This one to my, I like. wink
Enigmatic as ever, Mal. Black Friday?
Great effect Mal
Hi Mal,
This is good...I like the is totally how you say "without emotion, feeling and soul" and to me is a symbol for large American corporations. But that's another story. wink
It really fits to the title
This is a powerful picture. To me it looks like a man so depressed that he doesn't even put on his coat in a downpour.
  • Deb
  • United States
  • 23 Apr 2007, 01:40
Oh Mal this is splendid! Like Martin said, it's really powerful. Otherworldly. It reminds me of something from Sin City (which I loved by the way)!
  • Lisa
  • Polska
  • 23 Apr 2007, 11:39
Dzień dobry!

Dear Omnipotent Shutterchance Presence....

Just had a nosey around what you've been posting images of lately.... your recent images and titles struck a chord. Maybe your blog is predeterminging my emotional state.... I need you to post some less sombre images so I can cheer up a bit.

Ps - I think maybe I'm going mad???
PPs - Don't even think to reply with 'going... I think that happened a long time ago!'
  • Saratu
  • Aberdeen
  • 23 Apr 2007, 14:11
Ok this is getting scary!! your recent images show how i am feeling at the moment. i agrre with Lisa post something to cheer us up. Thanks. Great image again.
  • stevo
  • 23 Apr 2007, 14:35
looks like you busted your new lens.
  • BobC
  • 23 Apr 2007, 17:10
Very nice image, quite surreal and thought provoking. You've got a great creative streak.
  • Intern
  • chicago
  • 23 Apr 2007, 18:26
This is mindblowing!!! Love it! simply superb image here ... very surreal.
  • Salar
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 23 Apr 2007, 18:52
Great work, Mal. With every image you create art. Every image is infused with surreal creativity.
this is an awesome shot! WOW
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 24 Apr 2007, 09:58
Strewth mal.. SC won't allow me to use any of the words I wanted to use to say how gob-smackingly good this shot is!
  • tetsu
  • Tokyo
  • 24 Apr 2007, 10:32
Wow!! Mysterious! Nice work. smile
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Apr 2007, 16:20
Lovely shot.
Amazing image Mal - really like this one!
A great atmosphere here - Thumbs up !!
  • om
  • 1 May 2007, 14:42
Great shot. atmosphere; action; tone. nice work.
very film noir.
breath-taking .....
I'm crazy but you're incredible Mal
Wow-60 comments so far and counting...I guess I must be 61st.
  • rab
  • 9 Jan 2008, 22:23
simply simply incredible camera work in my opinion Mal. Get in there bro! Rab
  • Loura
  • Arizona
  • 7 Jul 2009, 17:51
Badly need your help. For me, it's that I contributed, ... That I'm on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That's to me the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all the negative stuff going on in life.
I am from Zaire and bad know English, give true I wrote the following sentence: "The world wide web makes the playing field much more level."

With respect :p, Loura.
  • Randy
  • Oklahoma
  • 5 Sep 2009, 11:34
Very informative and enlightening website.
I am from Belize and now teach English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "A development company price is however increased as a many safety in process exchanges of listings written on the number derivatives."

With love grin, Randy.
  • Aleser
  • North Carolina
  • 9 Sep 2009, 23:12
Nice site - pity you have to go to such lengths to moderate it.
I am from England and learning to write in English, give true I wrote the following sentence: "He context therefore found as high good enhancement."

Thank you very much :-D. Aleser.

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