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On certain nights, if you are patient and open minded... by Rhoufi

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On certain nights, if you are patient and open minded... by 

… you will see things that you cannot explain, nor should you bother trying.

After midnight, a special place, a special year – two lost souls.

Olympus OM-1, 1980, New Zealand. Scanned Type C print, of a missing negative. Unmodified in any way.

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • LBrammer
    LBrammerover 4 years ago

    Hauntingly beautiful! :)

  • Ha! Nice one Linda. Why aren’t you out partying? Same reason I’m not, I guess. Thanks for being the first to comment on my first digitized archive photograph. I still have my old friend the Olympus OM-1.

    – Rhoufi

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    nice one

  • Thanks VV, nice to see you again.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    a very moody image love it has an old feel to it

  • Thanks Christine, I have been foraging through my old photoboxes and finding all sorts of things – I’m like a kid with a new toy. should post a few things from way back when sometime soon.

    – Rhoufi

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 4 years ago

    Love the feel of the Cibachrome. A lovely picture Rhoufi

  • Thanks Andrew, I’m very attached to my Cibachromes – they were so forgiving; they always gave you unexpected gifts even when you didn’t deserve them.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 4 years ago

    I like that vintage look…..and you’re right about the inexplicable! V :^)

  • Yeah very vintage. I have puzzled over the extraordinary geometry of my “Lightman”. The moon wasn’t even that bright, so the shutter must have been open for ages – all I can imagine is some sort of interference between the incident light and reflected light from the lake on the lens. If I had have remembered I had this, I would have used him for my Avatar – he’s so cool.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 4 years ago

    I have returned to this image a number of times, it is so mysterious. For me it conjures up speculation about what lies beneath. Even without the “lightman” it is a shot brimming with intrigue.

  • When I found the print in what is the jumbled box of my old photos, my heart just stopped. It is this quality of images that draws me to photography – the stories and emotions lying beneath. These days I’m trying to translate this into words as stories – scary but very worthwhile. Most chuffed that you see intrique, Gwynne.

    – Rhoufi

  • aartwaven
    aartwavenover 4 years ago

    …………you just might find what you are looking for. Whatever one finds, to me I sense feelings of serenity tinged with memories. Beautiful piece Rhoufi. Seems we have been doing much the same thing this weekend, i.e. rifling through old photos.

  • ……..somehow, I don’t think that will ever happen – I just have to learn to be satisfied with the search. Thanks so much for pausing here and sensing the mood. Some people scoff at nostalgia, but it’s because they don’t understand its purpose. Perhaps it’s the stars that have driven us both to rummage this weekend. What you have unearthed so far are truly fine memories. I am motivated to put head down, tail up and rummage some more :-))

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Ahhhhh………a place of magic……..light that lives…..WOW!!
    Stunning beauty.

  • “light that lives” – how cool. When we choose to take the shot for the right reasons, we store the magic of the subject in our photos. Thanks Robin.

    – Rhoufi

  • Lyndy
    Lyndyover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Lyndy; most honoured to get featured in your group, intrigue is what photography is all about. I’m very happy indeed.

    – Rhoufi

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 4 years ago

    The image from the sun or moon is pretty detailed.. it looks like the reflection off something shiny? Like a watch or a ring? But either way, I am glad you didn’t edit it out.. added to the whole feel of the place

  • It was the moon and judging by the slightly fuzzy figure I didn’t have a tripod (can’t remember, too long ago). So the effects were unexpected and with film you don’t even know you have anything. I’m glad I didn’t edit it either. I have just had some disappointments about old colour film negatives – they fade. I just had a 30 year old Kodak Safety film printed and it was lifeless, the colour had gone. So this scan of a print maybe the last source of this image. Sad, really sad – I thought the negs lasted a long time. Maybe my Kodachromes will be OK :-(

    – Rhoufi

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