An interesting experiment would be to post it here as “Desk, Phone, Chair” and see whether the rest of the world, unprompted, is as exercised about the skewness as the “Stills” group is.
I thought about that, but after all the discussion on stills, I think I actually like the skew. If you look carefully at all the straight lines, it becomes apparent that not all of them are ever going to be parallel. Why try to force it?
And thank you for the implicit assumption that the rest of the world looks at and comments on my blog 😉
An interesting perspective – I am not bothered by the skew, because the carpet and walls appear levelled… I think it would be difficult to get such a nice image of a modern desktop – you would have to shoot all the wires sticking out of the pc, ipod, etc… 🙂
Hope I didn’t come across as implying that I thought the skew is bothersome. Quite the contrary – I actually like the picture as it is. It’s just that until I read the “Stills” discussion it didn’t even occur to me to worry about the skew, and I wondered whether others would feel the same.
Oren, maybe it’s just the optimist in me, but I took your comment as appreciative.
Because “Stills” is specifically a critique group, I think we have a tendency to pick sometimes. I don’t think that’s a bad thing; the group is diverse enough that we all are usually picking at something different. The challenge of responding to the picks can help clarify one’s goals.
Lots of delicious and sometimes surprising insight to be had from spectating there. A good show.
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