Time will get you too.
Always where ye never expect it…
That’s a line from one of my favorite childhood films, Excalibur. Nicol Williamson played Merlin, who uttered that line when King Arthur asked him where one could find evil in the land.
I don’t really have a point in bringing that up, unless you count my confusion over the lack of response to one of my recent submissions that I posted into my gallery at deviantART. That’s what I’m thinking about right now.
It had some comments, but not what I was expecting. You see, it is a very powerful photograph — one that depicts a woman – a great, great, grandmother, to be exact, struggling on a walker to get around her own living room while her great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter watch from across the room. It’s says a lot, and it’s one of my very favorite of my own photographs. It’s powerful, pure and simple. You can sit and stare at it for a long time, just thinking about the complexities of life… If you like to do that sort of thing, that is.
However, it didn’t receive the kind of attention I thought it would, and I’m a little confused as to why. I’m guessing the main reason is because there are no exposed boobs in the photo. Nudity is guaranteed to get you page views, you know it.
I guess another reason may be because you have to look at it for a second before you can figure out what’s going on, and most people just aren’t willing to invest that kind of time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting here on my toadstool, whining about why no-one is paying attention to me or my photos. I get plenty of attention, and for someone who generally tries to avoid the public eye, it’s enough. But I was hoping that people would actually take time out of their day to look at this photograph and think about what it really means, which is, of course, subjective. Use your own brain.
So, in a nut, I was disappointed at the lack of comments that Time received in the first couple day safter I posted it. To test my own theory, today I submitted a photo of a very lovely young lady that I took last week, and I made sure to give it a hook of a title: Amanda in Chains. Sure enough – Bam! Instantly-noticed… And she’s not even showing her boobs. Imagine if she was… I’d be a millionaire by weeks’ end.
Okay, I’m done bitching. Carry on…
Time, by Darren Abate. Leica M6; Voigtländer Nokton 35/1.2 ASPH; Ilford HP5+