Reimagined re:image

Return to render

AliceinCleveland’s post Doctor Photostein’s Monster about revisiting past photos struck a nerve of late. AliceinCleveland wrote about returning to photos and bringing them back to life through re-editing. I’ve returned to some of my earlier photos, well, more the ideas behind the photos, to reshoot them for the exhibition.

One photo I returned to was the “Walkies” photo of a Gamorrean Guard walking the Rancor on the beach.

“Walkies” the original

Although this photo received a lot of traction on Instagram, some lovely compliments from friends, and has even graced the pages of BricksCulture magazine, there’s always been something about it that’s bugged me.

I was asked to explain why it bothered me by a friend, when I mentioned I was planning on re-shooting it for the exhibition, and, as you’ll hear, I can’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe it was the pose on the Rancor? Maybe it was the Gamorrean Guard holding a LEGO bone in the wrong hand? Maybe it was the position of the sunrise, or the colour palette that morning presented me with? Maybe it was the editing? Or maybe it was the fact that this was one of the first outdoor shots I’d taken with the newly acquired camera and as I’d become familiar and more confident with the contraption, I simply thought I could do better?

I’ve got a feeling that hurts my brain
The sort of feelings that I can’t explain
I’ve got a feeling that’s stuck on my chest
The sort of feelings that I wish to express
Eddy Current Suppression Ring – I’ve Got A Feeling

I don’t know? But, with the exhibition around the corner, it was the perfect chance to put these nagging demons to bed, and re-shoot this photo.

So, armed with more camera confidence, a bounce card (maybe this is another reason the original photo bothered me?), the Rancor and two Gamorreans, a smaller LEGO bone and a LEGO trolley, rubbish bin, broom and shovel, I set off down to the beach, predawn, to set up, lie on the cold, wet sand and wait the sun to crest the horizon.

“Walkies” the re-shoot

After a 15 minute wait for the sun to come out and play, there was a frantic race to capture shots from various angles and with variations of poses, before the sunrise became simply sunshine.

You won’t even take a look
To see another way
You aren’t even listening
Take your ideals and go away
Pennywise – Same Old Story

So, am I 100% happy with this latest version? No. Will I ever be 100% happy? I hope not! I hope I can always see ways I can develop, improve and enhance.

I hope I never take the perfect photo.


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6 years ago

Such rabbit hole that you’ve dropped down! I gave up on the “perfect” image ages ago. I’ve learned to embrace the imperfections in exchange for better lighting, better pose or a better connection with the viewer. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t find myself chasing a better capture of a particular image, I’ve written enough blog posts about that. And I’m pretty sure Vesa has posted a few of his own posts about going back and re-editing images for a more satisfying effect. However you decide to pursue the next image, either through re-shoots or re-edits it’s a never… Read more »

6 years ago

I like the original better, it’s organic, natural and effortless, it has a street photography feeling to it. It ranks high on street credibility meter as well. It is as if you saw it on the beach and just snapped a photo of it. I struggle with this all the time (as Shelly said), not always with posted photos but with test shots, sketches if you will. They often have that extra something that makes them look interesting (enough for me to attempt a finished version), but when I actually shoot them, the interestingness fades away. I never seem to… Read more »

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