Friday, February 15, 2008

Sunny Afternoon


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful....

Susana said...

dude! you are really pushing beyond sally mann here. nice one. please tell me the lid was not on, or at least that you gave the critter a few breathing holes.

sr

Timothy Archibald said...

hiya sr, thanks for visiting. yes, all good, no lid on the tupperware container. i'm trying to get these photographs out in the light, so this is an attempt at that. then we've had a book with drawings of babies in the womb, so that stuff has been around the house as well.
how is it going in dc?

Susana said...

dc is good - busy and productive - always struggling for that balance between working for someone else and working for myself . . . but no complaints here. keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

what do you think the chances are of your son becoming a performance artist one day?

Ian Aleksander Adams said...

Wonderful moment.

Timothy Archibald said...

Thanks for all of your enthusiam folks...but as always I gotta encourage you to express yourselves...we don't want to be mistaken for flickr. But I like that you all like the shot. I like it too, I think because it is a kind of pleasant and emotionally light image, amidst this project that has been emotionally darker. Agree? Disagree?

jennifer said...

funny, i like this shot, but i don't see it as pleasant or emotionally light, despite the fact that it is a beautiful, sunny day. Your son looks calm but frozen-like a character in a fairy tale awaiting to be brought back to waking life. the parts i keep looking at are where his skin is pressed and flattened against the plastic, the crossed toes, and the way the hand is slightly raised in some ambiguous gesture. i also love that it is so beautifully photographed--i think that is important to this project.

Timothy Archibald said...

hey jennifer-
i love that fairy tale comment...you always have the best stuff to say. i gotta hire you to write the intro or something...
i hear you, it isn't really emotionally light, but the one thing i really learned from watching that Tierney Gearon documentary is that anything is better and brings more people in when it is just beautiful. Gearon can have all these odd emotions and heavy family issues in her photographs, but then its often a sunny day in her shots, the sunlight is warm and clear and striking, her children are beautiful as only children can be, and the settings are often really pretty landscape areas. Combine all that seductive stuff with complex emotions and bang!, its powerful stuff. So...lesson learned.

jennifer said...

that's exactly what i meant! i wouldn't be compelled to come back every day if the images weren't so beautiful. the beauty lures a viewer in, and the darkness and complexity keeps her there. (at least that's how it works for this viewer!)

Ian Aleksander Adams said...

I think mainly what is interesting about it to me is that it seems to be an innocent moment in soft light, but could easily have darker feelings associated with it, the possible sealing of the container, the emotional coldness associated with plastics.

Anonymous said...

For some reason this image comes to mind......
http://www.soulcatcherstudio.com/exhibitions/bernhard_99th/in_the_box.html