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strange country 12

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  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Apr 2009, 02:26
I love the way the central characters are looking askance - but the female at the back is looking at us. Mem ories in all directions Ingrid
anniedog: Their attention is obviously held by something on the river - it is such a strange sensation to see these pictures and yet have no memory of the occasion!
There is a wistfulness about this picture that I find compelling. These are outstanding pictures Ingrid.
anniedog: That is probably the best word I would choose to describe the feelings these pictures evoke in me Bill.
Almost original each time Ingrid.
anniedog: Thanks Nigel - I have used the same pictures in several images but hope to have evoked a slightly different atmosphere in each one.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2009, 07:49
this is something cool crazy stuff
anniedog: Thanks Asiko.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2009, 07:52
The togetherness of the former family and the belonging of the girl in the background to another world- this are my predominant impressions- the "female at the back" (Chris) - seems to look more inside of herself, more dreaming- reflecting over past...- with a feel of melancholy! I like the tranquil riverscape!
anniedog: Thanks Philine - the dreamy, melancholy feel you describe is very fitting. The girl in the field is my daughter, Katie.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2009, 07:55
Ingrid! I just scrolled through the "strange country" collection and kept checking to make sure this was your blog. In the little while since I have visited your blog, your style has least with this collection (although I did not go back further, so perhaps before). I wonder what brought about the change for you.

The techniques you use in this collection are perfect for presenting a look to the past from the present...or better yet a merging of the two!
anniedog: Yes, this definitely is my blog! This is an experiment for me - part of the MA I am doing. For this module we had to do something new that we had never done before so I decided to explore the family album in a variety of ways. The idea is definitely to merge the past and present as you have pointed out.
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 7 Apr 2009, 07:59
What a strange photograph you have combined this one with. No glances at the camera. Performing for the camera but being absorbed with something unseen. Cinematic in its composition.
anniedog: Well spotted there - as I have said to you before, many of these photographs were taken by my Latvian grandmother who had been an actress, so perhaps she was just naturally using her talents for posing! I wonder what we were looking at so intently - something on the river I expect.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2009, 09:08
Different direction again, never sure were you going to lead us. Don't know why but l get a feeling of sadness from the girl in the background
anniedog: Thanks Tony - very perceptive about the sad feeling.
A great imagination you have Ingrid. Well done indeed!
anniedog: Thanks Richard - some photos just seem to go naturally together in my mind's eye.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2009, 11:30
Ingrid this series is great each day has some thing new.
anniedog: Wouldn't want anyone getting bored! Thanks Vintage.
The best one so far IMHO Ingrid. There is an eerie feeling about this, the young girl is looking back from the future is how it feels to me. There but not seen.
anniedog: Thanks very much Brian. I'm glad you like this one as I really love the original photograph. There but not seen sums it up perfectly.
I love this series. It is very interesting. I've always liked the old photos. I recommend a visit to this web It is not the same idea that you're taking, but also very interesting.
anniedog: Thanks Jose Angel. There is something very compelling about old photographs - it doesn't matter who they belong to. I had a very quick look at your link - it looks very interesting, but is all in Spanish so I didn't understand much. Am I right in thinking it is about 'The Disappeared' in Argentina? I will have a proper look tomorrow as it is getting late now.
Very moving, but even if I didn't know the history, I'd find this a powerful image. As you know I've been spending time in the family archives and finding lots of old images, many of myself. Though I know they are pictures of me, that person has, in some sense, gone. It's the inaccessibility of the past that is so troubling. I understand that H.G. Wells was very bothered by it, and that's why he wrote 'The Time Machine'.
anniedog: Thanks Ian. You have hit the nail on the head perfectly with the term inaccessibility. It is deeply frustrating as you feel that it is just within your grasp and then it slips away. No matter how hard I try, I just can't remember any of these occasions when the photographs were taken. I thought I did, but it's just the photographs I remember, not the events. I've never read The Time Machine - it will go on my list. I'm reading W G Sebald at the moment - have you read any of his work? It's very beautiful and absolutely compelling - all about the past and memories.
Another stunning shot Ingrid !!!!
anniedog: Thank you very much Jim.
simply stunning Ingrid, actually running out of compliments for this seriessmile
anniedog: Thanks Tim - no matter. I'll take the same ones willingly!
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2009, 21:28
this feels different. For the first time in the series it felt to me that all the figures were superimposed on a more obviously composite scene. Before the place seemed congruous but some of the figures were not. It feels more disturbing because of that. maybe just my perception
anniedog: This is still just an amalgamation of 2 photos - the girl in the background is standing in a large field of waist high grass with the trees in the background and the figures are sitting on grass by the riverbank. I suppose it's because the tall grass and the figure look a bit incongruous, but that's how it was!
Something strange and also nostalgic as ghosts of a lost life ! This picture as the others can't let me indifferent !
Great and emotionnal
anniedog: Yes, there is something of the ghostly in looking at old photographs - we know they show events that once took place, but they are lost in the mists of time.

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