J. Evan Kreider said...

This is simply fabulous. I am most intrigued by the way the skin's textures have articulated depth and detail on the shadow (viewer's) side and then vanish into pure light. The light on Molly's eye--and the angle of the eye to the light and camera--are perfect. We see the details of the dark part of the eye really well. Nikon can bring out all the new cameras it wants, but I cannot envision any camera doing a better job than you have done. I am also drawn to the utter clarity of her hair, and by contrast, I like the way her left knee is absorbed by the very warm light. This photo falls beautifully into the tradition of art photography as it developed for the past century, but I feel the pose adds a new touch, nicely framing her head. She almost forms the letter "P", but constructing an entire alphabet would be quite an effort!

J. Evan Kreider said...

I think this ought to be highlighted on your main site, replacing the present shot . . . and it would be great for the back of a business card. I still consider this one of your best pictures.

Ken Bryant said...

Interesting! Many thanks.

When it comes to people-pictures, Evan, you and I really do have a different aesthetic (which of course is what makes conversation interesting!) While I too am tiring of the picture on my website, this wouldn't be the one I'd replace it with. To me this photo is pretty, but a bit boring. No tension, no drama, no story. Someone was recently holding up to me as an example of perfection Michaelangelo's "David", and it occurred to me how boring I find that statue -- static, lax, too perfect -- and how much I prefer Bernini's version: lean, sinewy, crouching and twisting, his arm swinging the sling while his eyes concentrate desperately on Goliath.