The Ones That Meant Something

I never thought about picking favorites from my own work until this challenge. I put much thought into this and in the end I couldn’t pick because I don’t think my photos are good enough or at least not as good as I wanted them to be. I do want to share a few that meant something by one way or another.

Isolation

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Taken: 08/11/2016

I was alone at the top of a mountain listening to a song titled “Splendid Isolation”. I thought this photo embodied my feelings at the time.

Miki

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Taken: 18/03/2017

I was on my way back from a disappointing soccer match shoot then I saw Miki (one of the neighborhood cats) just sitting there so majestically. I approached and he still didn’t budge which I didn’t expect but I was glad because I was able to take this photo and feel a lot better for the rest of the day.

Harvester

 

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Taken: 24/04/2017

I like the contrast in this photo. I think my decision to turn it to black and white was the right one. Another good decision was that I didn’t shoot his face because I wanted the photo to be a kind of a symbol for hardworking people not a portrait of one person.

A Home for Thoughts

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Taken: 07/04/2018

I just love the light in this one. and all those lines on the floor, the shadows and the doors. it’s not a particularly beautiful photo but that’s exactly why I wonder what is it that attracted me to this photo and made me build a series around it.

RAFRAF: Ingrained in the Night

If I were to truly pick a favorite, this series would be it. Check the original post for the rest of the photos and more info.

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RAFRAF: How I See It

It feels like I’ve been your tour guide since the moment I turned this blog to a photography blog. 90% of the photos I share are snapshots of my hometown. Not to mention, the blog’s name contains a part of my hometown.

If I’m to take the challenge seriously and sctrictly then the photos would be like postcards and touristism brochures and I just don’t know how to do that. My photos are almost always stylized.

My first attempt (and the only, so far) at a photography series was a personal vision of my hometown (Ingrained in the Night), quite biased and personal. I’ll just share some of those photos again here and hopefully you enjoy them.

and these are some of the people of my hometown.

A Walk in the Night 26/04/2017

Around two hours ago, I went out for a walk and I took a few shots for my Ingrained in the Night series.

Only three of the photos were decent enough to consider adding to the collection.

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Today’s Photo: Harvester

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Another snapshot from my town’s daily life. Agriculture, primitive as it is, is pretty much the pillar of my hometown’s economy.

I admire the hard labor these humble farmers put into their lands and also their gratefullness for the little that Earth gives them. You hear some compaints here and there yet they still keep on working no matter what. It’s how they’re made.

A Snapshot of My Hometown

My pick for today’s post is a photo of an old man carrying groceries. I like this scene because it represents a slice of what I see everyday in my hometown. unfinished buildings, writing on the walls, narrow streets, slopes, cracks everywhere and bread in everybody’s daily grocery bags.

It’s those little things that I never observed before I got into photography. You live in a place long enough, your mind starts to internalize how that place looks like and eventually you won’t be looking at it twice, you’ll be relying on your memory to see it, not your eyes. Holding a camera blocks my memory and forces me to truly see the details that memory doesn’t bother to register.

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Picks from April, 5th 2017

I wanted to shoot this same landscape at sunset hoping that it’d make the sky more interesting. I couldn’t get what I wanted. The problem was my position (the only position from where I can get the same shot) is too low to get me a colorful sunset sky.

That didn’t stop me from shooting a few. I picked this one to share.

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I didn’t shoot HDR. I tried it before and I didn’t like it. I prefer nature/landscape photos to be accurate or slightly enhanced. but I digress. What I want to say is that this photo doesn’t look top quality because I processed it out of the RAW image below. I do think it’s still a decent shot, just not good for print.

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After the sun sunk behind that hill, I went up again and looked for interesting silhouette subjects and found none. Luckily, my friend was with me and I took a few shots. I picked this one (it’s a cliché but still). Usually, sun flares are no good and I avoid them as much as possible but this one sort of made the shot.

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We went on a little further. I looked for more subjects, still nothing except this fence post of a fence that isn’t there! anyway, I grabbed a few shots here.

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On my way back home, I found this unfinished building (don’t know if it’s a house or not) with some grass in the front and the toppled barrel. I thought it’s a great chunk of imperfection.

When shooting in my hometown, I close the door on shooting perfect-looking photographs and be ready to look around and capture the things that make my town what it is, a faithful portrayal.

Anyone else in town wouldn’t shoot this unfinished house because it looks plain and if they did, they wouldn’t put the barrel in the frame. I truly believe that barrel made the shot! This is my town and this is how it looks like. Period.

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Here’s another patch of my town.

It’s not the most beautiful photo, that’s for sure. But the fact that I put bits of my town into a frame is a statement in itself. I’m making it beautiful and interesting.

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The next two are my favorites of the day! I found an old and abandoned house. I called it Frankenstein’s House and you’ll see why.

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This turned out to be a longer post than I thought. sorry about that. I hope you enjoyed the photos. no worries if you didn’t though. You can lay it on me on a comment. I appreciate feedback. 🙂

Ingrained in the Night

These are a few sample photos from my humble first photography collection titled Ingrained in the Night.

The idea is to capture my hometown in all of its roughness, dirtiness, and imperfections. This is my hometown the way I see it.

The series is unfinished but once it’s complete I will post it all again. I hope you like the photos.

Memories of Childhood’s Toys and the Changing Times

Before I go into sharing my memories, I must put things into perspective. And that’s because I grew up in the 1990’s in Tunisia which can be extremely different if, let’s say, 1990’s in the US.

In the 1990’s, Computers were rare in Tunisia. Internet obviously hasn’t graced us yet (only in the late 1990’s). You can only almost see computers in municipalities, post offices and government buildings. On top of that, I live in a small town with little to no access to technologies. So the point is even if I belong to the generation that witnessed the analog-digital transition period as known to the developed countries, I in fact experienced an almost 100% digital-free period.    Continue reading