I/Eye: On Photography

Under the Table

Posted in portraits by Sheila Newbery on August 26, 2009
Under the table (San Francisco, 2009) © Sheila Newbery

Under the Table (San Francisco, 2009) © Sheila Newbery

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  1. Don Faust said, on August 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Nice photo! Does it have any detail enhancement or HDR-like processing? Whatever the case, I like it – the chairs really pop.

    • Sheila Newbery said, on August 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Don, Thanks for your kind words—no, I didn’t use any special processing or detail enhancement. Shot on color negative film on a Hasselblad.

  2. cheryl said, on August 27, 2009 at 3:47 am

    it reminds me of a photo-realist painting. v e r y s t i l l.

  3. randy twaddle said, on August 31, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Hi Sheila,
    I really like the “under the table” photograph. It strikes me after looking at it that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photograph like it – one that’s been taken of what’s going on under the table, showing the “subterranean” goings on while the public stuff is happening above. Have you done more? It would make an interesting series, I think.

    • Sheila Newbery said, on September 1, 2009 at 6:03 am

      Thanks for your comments, Randy. I have actually done some images that organize space in an ‘above’ and ‘below’ sense—a few portraits that come to mind involve kids: in them, there’s a strong reaction on their part to what’s going in the adult world, above their plane of vision. But using a table as an organizing device is something I hadn’t successfully done before. And I’m glad the fellow in the upper right didn’t punch me in the nose! Another reader suggested a series, too—I do like the idea…


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