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single no. 5 ~ helping hand

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Chris Sofopoulos08-Aug-2006 17:57
I agree with Phil. It is powerful image in every aspect. v
Guest 07-Aug-2006 10:11
Great image. Strong, fragile, beautiful, symbolic, deep, clean... excellent!
Guest 02-Aug-2006 03:01
steps of the life.......
by the way, a late Happy B'day to you:)
david procter29-Jul-2006 19:01
This is very expressive Al and her struggle is clear. The most important details to me involve her hand, her posture and the journey ahead of her which she is very much focused on.
AL28-Jul-2006 15:46
It's interesting to hear different opinions and preferences. Technically not strong but it's a meaningful shot to me, as well as some of you. Thanks everyone for your honest feedback. Much appreciated.
David Grundy28-Jul-2006 12:54
You've brilliantly captured something I often feel as I see older people moving slowly around in Hong Kong.
Bit of a debate going on here about cropping. I think you could have cropped it differently, and it might then have been a different shot, perhaps or perhpas not as powerful is this one. As it is, the missing top of the head bothered me slightly at first; but the balance between the lady and the background seems just right now, and a different crop would lose that; it would change my perception of the relationship between her and her environment. And I think what Adrian said is right.
Guest 28-Jul-2006 08:15
Emphasis on the hand. Excellent by its composition.
Doug Kessler28-Jul-2006 03:54
Wonderful shot! It says so much to everyone who has or knows someone that finds it difficult to get around.
Guest 28-Jul-2006 01:29
The mood is great, the hand is excellent. But I think the crop of the top of this woman's head is not a good idea. Just my personal opinion.

Kathy Pedersen28-Jul-2006 01:20
Very powerful image, you can see the tension in the hands as she struggles to walk.
Craig Persel27-Jul-2006 23:09
Reminds me of myself getting around. Find every rail support possible! :-)
Guest 27-Jul-2006 23:09
Im not a big cropping fan myself and love the image as it is. I like the space all around her which is her challenge. Focusing is perfect on the hand. Fantastic
Guest 27-Jul-2006 23:06
MY mother has parkinsons desease and I can really relate to this image as every step of her life is an achievement. Strong image. Vote
Guest 27-Jul-2006 22:08
wow... the picture is great and the comment of Kal fantastic...
Guest 27-Jul-2006 21:35
I love the idea that the rail she is using as an help goes forever, much beyond what I can see. I can almost hear the noise that the hand will make on this. Bold image!
Guest 27-Jul-2006 21:26
I think if you crop more as suggested by Phil - you bring down the top a tad too, to keep the aspect ratio in-line - I think a bit more of a nip into the head will personalize this more...

I love, love, the focus on the hand and the depth of the railing...

a very fine photograph...
Guenter Eh27-Jul-2006 19:17
I guess this old woman is in the need for a helping hand. We should give all the people in need our helping hand. So she has only the railing for support leading her on her way. Very sensual and emotive picture Ai Li. Thanks for the emotions with your new work!
Phil Douglis27-Jul-2006 18:50
Try cropping from the left, Ai Li, and see how you like it. I did, and the tighter I crop, the more this man seems to depend on the railing for support -- which is your objective. I think this image might have also worked well as a vertical, to echo the vertical thrust of the railing.
Kal Khogali27-Jul-2006 15:48
Hold on tight...this will be the ride of your life....the aged hand feels like it wants to support this aged body, but yet there is a feeling of tension, as if this is really just the begining of the journey..Excellent. K
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