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©Randall Hobbet
Model: Mata Hari
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A study about art and painting. And distraction. Or inspiration.
Or, a story about an artist and his canvas. And an elusive subject. Or his muse.

This is all about focus and frame. Foregrounds and backgrounds. Colors and shades. Proportions and perspectives. Colors and planes, gradients and intersections.

The photo itself is a frame. A frame of frames. Orthogonic frames at that. All lines and grain. Even the lights.
And so close to life. Almost alive, if only but its intricacies and our own projection.
But its dead and sterile. All lines and coarse grain.

All but for her.
All curves and silk. Colors defined and smooth. Shades and shapes that talk of continuity and not asperity. A flawlessness tribute to life.
And she not only eludes the primary frame but the entire lattice of them.
She is remarkably unconcerned by them. By the artist's efforts to frame her?

She isn't the subject (or the object for that matter) of the photo. She just makes sure we properly focus. Or rather, we step back. Is this why the author requested she posed in symmetry to the curve of the wall on the opposite side? That wouldn't surprise me in the least. Is this also why the photographer voluntarily expanded the right side to include a curved arch as is response?

This is a testimony to the artist's unending search for perfection.
A masterpiece if it were. And I am not overly fond of this art, finding it often coarse and prone to overindulgency. Again, it's almost a painting, which may explain that. In a way close to Fernand Leger in its use of frames and color gradients, but in a class of its own.

I hope Randall Hobbet will not find this critique too lame or convoluted. Lacking essentials in beauty and aesthetics yet superfluous on intents. I hope to dispel all such by simply stating I love paintings and woman, simplicity and subtility. And this is a masterpiece.
What do you think?
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Clever and elegant!
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
another great location and use of the nude in such a setting! :)
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:iconrdhobbet:
rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Steve. I was particularly pleased how this location turned out for nudes -- we got a lot of great angles, but we had to keep an eye out as public was passing nearby from time to time! :) (Smile) 
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yes, that's always a worry when you do a nude shoot in a public location :)
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Kebeca1690 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Love in an elevator.....goig downnn?(old aerosmith vid)    nice use of space
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:iconrdhobbet:
rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Certainly has it's ups and downs... thanks for the fitting allusion Jean! :) (Smile) 
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Mata Hari has been framed!!!
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:iconrdhobbet:
rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, she was indeed! :D (Big Grin) 
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
;P
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Love 
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:iconrdhobbet:
rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:) (Smile) 
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SitkaReign Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
I love the complexity of this photo. It has foreground and background, pastel colors contrasting with flesh tones, interesting texture on the concrete and wood frame parts, and a fascinating mathematical contrast between the simple rectangles of the structure and the calculus of curve in the model. I don't know enough about geometry of composition to critique that, but intuitively it has a right feel. I believe the rectangular void in the lower center adds a bit of fun, like a mysterious unseen vanishing point or a monster's lair.
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rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well this probably violates the one-third rule, but that's only a rule-of-thumb, not inviolate ;-) And it does have a lot of framing elements. Thanks for such an interesting critique! It's nice to hear how others dissect an image, particularly that bit about the monster's lair! Hug 
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SitkaReign Featured By Owner Edited Dec 5, 2016
If art were ruled by rules, we would have to trade the masters for junior college art professors. I appreciate the exploration of ideas in your body of work, exploration without the abandonment of standards.
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rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
well said! And I greatly appreciate your thoughtful commentary Greg. :) (Smile) 
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Jan-K-Fotografie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant work! Very well done!
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:iconrdhobbet:
rdhobbet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Jan! :) (Smile) 
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