Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Diamond in the Rough

Blue Restaurant Door, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok


"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject" 
Henri Cartier-Bressen

Folly Beach, a 30 minute drive from downtown Charleston 
(just 5 minutes as the Laughing Gull flies), is a great place to find color, color with character that is. This image shows a detail of a rough-looking door. It is the entrance to a popular restaurant in the island town. The weathered door is a gem in the making, having been chiseled over time into a precious specimen with dazzling blue and green hues. Add a bit of red and you have a little treasure.


And now, if you will please excuse me, I must clean my house.


Quick take: Here is a link to an extraordinary video called "The Decisive Moment", narrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson. In it the master photographer displays and discusses a selection of his most famous images. Priceless.


26 comments:

  1. What a great old weathered door--superb shot compositionally Doug. I love the metal elements and their position within the frame.

    I've never seen this video--just incredible!

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  2. Bonitos, y preciosos colores. VIVA EL COLOR.

    GREETINGS.

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  3. I also like old things, it is a really colorful door. I wish you good cleaning! :)

    I will watch the video later, now I have to go to the dentist :(

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  4. love the texture and the tight framing

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  5. Yes, this is a great subject ;-) Well done, like the colours!

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  6. Clean the house? Is that what you tell your other half when you go sit behind the computer :-)
    Excellent blue and contrasting rust on this door.

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  7. You've placed this gem in a beautiful setting. Very nice composition, Doug.

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  8. Extraordinary. Aged yet vibrant. PS. I have added you to my blog roll. Love the intensity of your photos. I think your camera is on steroids.

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  9. didn't have the time but watched the video anyway. well worth it! thank you, doug!!!

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  10. Jolies nuances bleutées travaillées par les ravages du temps...
    Bonne journée lumineuse!

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  11. Good composition which teaches us not to throw away the old things...

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  12. I'm particularly fond of the weathered and old (Probably because that's what I'm becoming!)

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  13. You have turned something old into something new with this lovely composition! Beautiful texture and colors! I like the rustic feel. You have a great talent for doing this!!! Nice work!

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  14. You've got a great eye for detail, D!
    Blue and patina, such a lovely colour combination.
    Texture wise, it's marvellous.

    Good find!

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  15. Like the texture and the colour was great. Well done.

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  16. Excellent capture!Great blue!

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  17. It sure was rough, but oh so much character and history! Great picture Doug !

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  18. Donato (longroute)May 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Sure, often such small details make great subjects.
    I like the colours and the textures here but also the geometry and volumes of these small things.

    Greetings,
    Donato

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  19. We both chose door details as our posts today! I love the bright colors displayed by the flaking paint, the rust and the composition of yours.

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  20. really nice detail, good color and textures.

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  21. A very fine shot of this door. I love all the textures and details.

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  22. I love the colors here. Beautiful blues!

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  23. The colours and structures are gorgeous here Doug! I agree with you it is a gem,this picture!

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