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Impromptu dance, Delhi, India, 2008

These children were at play on a marble terrace surrounding a Hindu temple. It was late in the day and the reflection of the sun on the marble was blinding. I abstract the children by backlighting them and cropping most of them out of the frame. What they leave behind is pure exuberance.

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Phil Douglis11-Jun-2008 20:38
Purity is a wonderful concept, Jenene. Its compatriots innocence and joy are at work here, too. The golden light, the abstracted energy, the clean sweep of the marble floor itself all work together to help us focus on a single moment in time that is both once and forever.
JSWaters11-Jun-2008 04:39
There's a sweet purity to this image, emphasized by the golden hue throughout. The joy of children deserves such purity.
Phil Douglis30-Apr-2008 00:35
Thanks, Dandan, for noticing the tension crackling in the negative space between toe and floor. I was shooting on that terrace for about fifteen minutes and must have made twenty or thirty images of these kids at play. It was only when I put them into silhouettes, through backlighting, that they came alive for me.
Guest 29-Apr-2008 17:21
what a perfect time! Love the tention between the tip of the toes and the long were you there to capture this moment?
Phil Douglis21-Apr-2008 19:40
Glad you appreciate what I was trying to do here -- offer an abstract impression of exuberant childhood joy.
monique jansen21-Apr-2008 11:44
Lovely abstraction
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