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The Urban Angel (large size) by PatriceChesse The Urban Angel (large size) by PatriceChesse
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:icontheyardplayground: comment:
I see this as a wonderful example of symbolic street: "The Urban Angel" over large and looming, looking down on a squalid urban scape; It's gaze points to a person living on the street for whom this project, I assume, has been initiated and from whom it is obviously disconnected; the shot reads very well "benevolent look down, leads to a hopeful look up, leading to the symbol for the state (Canadian flag)".
I also love the contrast between the smoothness of the banner and the structure of the wall of the building.
One drawback of this shot is that it is too small... I can imagine myself getting goose bumps looking at a large print of it hanging on a gallery wall, but this size here does not play to the strength of this wonderful image.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Merry christmas :)
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And to you Patrice, Merry Christmas! :)
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing your comment. I totally agree with you :)
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Excellent.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow:
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Hello dear member of :iconthepeopleavenue:

you're beautiful photo has been featured in our latest journal [link]

Congratulations :clap: and thanks for sharing :wave:

Greetings, Eleni
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you !
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
you're very welcome! :)
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
..just one split second glance and I know this is Toronto ---- even when U.S. film makers used to try to disguise To in movies ...... you could always spot it ............of course living in Toronto probably helps in the recognition dept. :)
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably ... :)
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
merci :)
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kmetjurec Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent composition
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :bow:
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Ikarisou Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
your :icontheyardplayground: comment:

I totally agree with Mary & Eric about the selective colouring.
The shot itself is a very well seen juxtaposition (even though I don't really like this word) of the advertising poster and the harsh reality of the people on the street. The rising steam even enhances the whole message even more, making it a great shot - if it were not for the selective colouring. I don't think you'd need it to convey the message of this particular shot, I guess it would work both in pure colour or in pure b&w...
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've tried in pure color. What do you think ?
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Ikarisou Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I think it's great!
In my opinion the message comes across even stronger now - you've got the angel ad standing out and the people contrasting that image in slightly muted colours due to the steam rising up - great contrast to me. Also the muted area achieved by the steam kind of "highlights" the spot where those poor people are standing, so the eye is instantly drawn there. Plus there aren't a lot of colours anyways, all those brown hues are fine, not too much or confusing at all.

To me it's great just the way you discovered and shot it!
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
:icontheyardplayground: comment: The angel watching over the dirty street and poor people is great. A well spotted and captured moment. Your image doesn't need any kind of edit, it would be great in color or in b/w. Selective color is a photo manipulation, because you intervene in post-production enhancing certain details and forcing the attention on them. This is not usually accepted in street photography where the amount of edit should be minimal, and it should be the composition alone to hold the eye's interest. I like the composition of this image very much, and I'd love it fully in color :D
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Mary,
Thanks for your comment. Here's the pic without edit. I think you're right :)
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
now it is just PERFECT!
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you !!
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
:icontheyardplayground: If you've had any unexplained rejects from Street groups, the reason must be the selective coloring that you did, because otherwise it's a fine picture. It's too strong an effect to go well with the "straight photography" ideal that Street people tend to stick to, in one way or another. If you want a more objective argument than "Nobody likes it in Street", it's rather patronizing to the viewer - "Hello! You should look at this... and this... this!" It turns what could be a voyage of discovery into a securely signposted Sunday walk.
If you want to make the lady and the angel stand out more without using selective coloring, you could consider the digital equivalent of dodging and burning, and perhaps a brush with contrast or (slight) saturation if you use Lightroom or Photoshop.
There's a fairly great distance to the human subject, so you're probably right to put it in the City Life gallery, but if I'd see it in a Street exhibition or photo book (without the selective coloring that is), I wouldn't mind at all though, it has a Street mood and vibe. There's a grandness about it that I like, which contrasts with the shabbiness of the scene and probably the woman.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Eric,
Thanks so much for your comment. I appreciate it.
I did some dodging on PS with full colors. Tell me what you think :)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love it as it's now. :)
The story of the picture has become much more subtle, the connection between the angel poster and the building is restored (it seemed to hover mid-air first), and the colors are in balance too, with the bluish grey of the angel complementing the warm brown hues of the buildings.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow:
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow:
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Maitressln Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Magnifique !!!!!!! Bravo !
J'en profite pour vous souhaiter une très bonne année 2013.
Bises
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Tous nos voeux pour cette nouvelle année à vous aussi :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful Photo Jim.
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Jenny :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
MY pleasssssure...................big hugs
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PatriceChesse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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PENTAX
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PENTAX K-5
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28 mm
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400
Date Taken
Dec 25, 2012, 7:21:18 PM
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