The Last Week Retrospect: 2020’s Unseen Gems of Our Shutter Society


Photography has the power of brightening up our lives – and what a great thing it is to start our days by checking out beautiful images in the comfort of our homes! Here is the weekly wrap-up from Light Stalking – you'll find carefully curated photos from the general chit chat and creative images from Tersha's latest photography challenge on Film Looks! And as you've already guessed by now, we'll be mentioning some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – November 30, 2020

Photo by Tersha

Words by Jasenka Grujin

This time POTW goes to @tersha and her polystyrene head.

The soft features of this face combined with the strong contrast in b&w create an unusual atmosphere. There’s something sad yet elegant about it, as if the head belongs to a regal female character that died in a strange way (that would work in a film noir!). The texture of polystyrene gives an additional touch of mystery because it makes us wonder if the head is real at all – it looks a bit like digital art.

We have a runner up this week – it’s @aurikami with his brilliant minimalist portrait. It’s as cinematic as it gets.

Photo by Aurimas

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee and enjoy our favourite shots from Challenge 514th!

Photo by Patrick

We can see some Westonian influence here with a nice eerie bold touch from Patrick's virtuous style!

Photo by Graham Hart

Great composition, the implied line of the person crawling/climbing juxtaposes brilliantly with the diagonal line from the water and beach division. Also the two human elements create a complex sensation of tension across the frame. Brilliant shot!

Photo by Davidc

The red color in this street finding is beautiful, and the late hour vibe give it a nice storytelling feeling too.

Photo by Nancyka

The idle expression of her face is in such a strong contrast with the other elements within the frame. This makes the shot very bold and puzzling.

Photo by Andre P

Another Westonian influence, but the metallic feel in the pepper texture is quite unexpected, hence the interesting look of the subject in the frame.

Photo by John Teate 

Great mystery going on here!

Photo by Pat Garrett

Beyond achieving a bold film look, this is quite a spooky and interesting scene. It really captures one's attention for good!

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

And speaking of spooky and eerie shots, look at this brilliant image!

What You Shouldn't Be Missing from The Light Stalking Community

John shared this sweet looking scaled friend with us! The title, Godzilla Macro, feels fun too.

Peter shared a quirky looking shadow from a very simple finding on the streets.

Patrick shared this lovely dandelion.

Paul, aka Bucweet, shared an interesting self-portrait with a slightly different post-processing approach than the Film Noir post-processing from the weekend challenge.

And a groovy looking abstraction from an orange pot scrubber!

At 1/2500, Jim captured this incredible action from a bird of prey. You can watch more of them here!

And Tobie shared a pretty raw African moment.

And don't forget welcoming our freshest forum members too!

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum received some nice photographs, and is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people that want to grow fast as photographers. This is possible thanks to valuable and positive feedback, which is perhaps the best way to hack the learning curve in photography.

Here you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have a chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback.

Many of our members have nurtured their own photographic knowledge by giving out elaborate critiques that go way beyond simple emoji based reactions or “nice shot” comments. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and to discuss, so please read the instructions in order to get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your own images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers. We'll be more than pleased to help you out; after all, we all are in love with photography. Also, don't forget to participate in our 515th challenge on Your Choice!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

Thanks so much Federico , Tersha’s Photo well deserving POTW , so many nice photos with this weeks challenge , great work folks.

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