Home front

By: paulhassing

Jun 10 2010

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Category: Photo, Photograph, Photographer, Photography


Focal Length:4.1mm
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This photo tells me that a subject needn’t be big to be interesting.

I actually sense a lot of drama from these figures.

I snapped the scene in a second, after spotting it on a walk.

I didn’t touch a thing.

When I got home, the picture revealed itself in stages. Details I’d not noticed came to the fore.

I love the glimpses of picket, porch and front door: the touchstones of home.

The letterbox label is a riot. Who made it, and why?

Finally, the tiny figure in the distance suggests we’re seeing just a small part of a much larger picture.

Who knows what struggles go on behind the blinds?! 🙂


6 comments on “Home front”

  1. 2 things come to mind immediately:

    1) A battalion of erstwhile Psychology Majors could build a library of theses on this image;

    2) That this grey house is a war zone, and the child therein is a prisoner of war screaming for help. Perhaps he also fights for his parents who are also POWs?

    Not a plant in sight…save for those reflected from across the street, in the stark white windows.

    The soldier in the distance (on the window sill), is indeed pointing toward a more distant enemy…

    The house was recently painted by a neuro-surgeon. There are no dust encrusted crevices, and not a drop of paint out of place.

    Perhaps that sticker should read simply say ‘Chain-‘?

    Can’t wait until you get a great big zoom lens mate 🙂


    Stephen G

  2. Cor! You put the ‘y’ in analysis, Stephen! I didn’t see any of that stuf before. But NOW. You have opened my eyes.

    I also thought the ‘inner child’ might be defending against external enemies. But maybe that’s no child …

    Love your feedback. Thanks, comrade! 🙂

  3. Credit where it’s due ol’ Bean…you saw the whole thing before anyone did 🙂

    And like I always say – it’s far easier to edit or comment than to create 🙂

    Keep ’em comin’ Cobba 🙂


    Stephen G

    PS That’s a sweet camera mate. Look at the reflection of the fallen soldier in the water…

  4. Dang! I’ve looked at that pic 20 times and I never saw the reflection. Could a photographer ask for a better audience? No! 🙂

  5. I look at the photo, read your post and then look at the photo again in a new light. I am enjoying these Paul and you are teaching me about creativity.


  6. I can’t think of a more encouraging thing to say to a photographer/copywriter. You are teaching me about gratitude, Susan. Thank you. 🙂

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