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view no. 2 ~ stop. live.

~ If it happens, it happens, ... If you don't like it, change it.
If you can't change it, live with it. We can't stop living. ~

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Rob Rosetti31-Jul-2006 12:43
Fantastic! Love the urban colors, the AC elements on the building wall, the STOP signal! Excellent Ai Li. Roberto
Guest 31-Jul-2006 02:40
I really like reading the exchange of ideas here.

I'm not very good w/ expressing why I like an image but I do know I like this image in color. Wonderful urban shot.
Stu30-Jul-2006 13:12
For me it's the colours and the angles that drew me in, but interesting to read the comments below.
Guest 30-Jul-2006 12:54
The only "welcoming" sign there is the coffee place, everything else is very functional and not so human. We have both to change it and live with it, as nothing happens overnight. Very well done, and mind stimulating!
Guest 30-Jul-2006 11:49
My mind takes me past the sign to the lives of the people inside the flats. what if the AC broke down, are they happy are they sad, if not get the bus and stop. Brilliant thought provoking image. Vote
Bill Harris30-Jul-2006 11:28
Interesting discussion. Thank you. Excellent urban image.
Guest 30-Jul-2006 08:30
Wow, you have to have a serious degree to understand that sign!
AL30-Jul-2006 02:29
Thanks, Phil. Really enjoyed and valued the exchange of views. Yes indeed, the true beauty of expressive photography. I often put thoughts and emotions into my pictures and hope that others will discover and share my "hidden" messages. Open to interpretation, preference and interest. Not always working but at least I tried :-)
Phil Douglis30-Jul-2006 02:05
You call the shots, Ai Li -- if anything this image has offered you another lesson in photographic expression. There are many levels of potential expression here, and you chose the one that best fits your own objectives. Obviously, both Kal and I had a more severe expression in mind than you did. I agree with your reasoning, which bears out greatest strength of expressive photography -- its flexibility. There are those such as Kal and I who would prefer to make a grim, shocking statement out of this image. There are those like Steve, who prefers a graphic approach to social comment. And there is Ai Li, who takes a middle road, drawing on the red graphic to catch attention, and then let the ranks of windows speak to a way of life, albeit in a quieter, naturalistic manner.
AL30-Jul-2006 01:14
Thanks Kal and Phil for the feedback and suggestion. I tried b&w and it did make a harsher image. I chose to leave it in color as I wanted to make use of the red sign to catch attention and ask viewers to stop and think. The background building represents part of our living. And to make it real and alive, it needs color. I actually lowered the color saturation of the entire image to age and make it abit harsher. Everything then fitted in with my title and message - stop. live. If you can't change it, live with it. We can't stop living. Agree?
Craig Persel29-Jul-2006 23:15
Great urban image.
Guest 29-Jul-2006 22:48
Hmm - I like it in colour ;0). Great shot Ai Li, love the composition and treatment - I see it more as an exercise in tones and forms than a piece of social commentary, and it's none the worse for that!
Phil Douglis29-Jul-2006 20:08
Kal is right, Ai Li. This is a harsh image, about the facts of life in a huge city. The sign is brutal in its coded, inhumane form, and the tiny cell-like windows in the building beyond suggests that humans live here like rats in a maze. Why celebrate it with color, and brings a sense of vitality to the image? If this image is a social comment on the drab, tight, overcrowded urban existence, black and white will make it more symbolic, harsh, and stifling. I just downloaded your picture and converted it, and it shocked me. It will shock you, too.
Kal Khogali29-Jul-2006 16:20
Very Urban. I do wonder how it would feel as a B&W more harsh image, and so China with the a/c ;-))K
Guest 29-Jul-2006 15:55
excellent urban feeling....
Guest 29-Jul-2006 15:44
The angles work very well here and the colour is kickin'
Guenter Eh29-Jul-2006 14:22
Here I can really see, how tight framing creates an EXCITING and more impressiv composition - thanks for the lesson Ai Li!

Sometimes we have to STOP in us for recondition - (perhaps in the cafe in the background) - but life goes on and on!
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