comment, please; what makes this photo feel the way it does?

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It came out the way I wanted it to. How does it make you feel, looking at it, and why?

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Wistful. Excluded. As though I were looking into a grand room that I was not allowed to enter. Or perhaps a circus atmosphere. Why? The lights, the shiny glow within the car, the shadows that look like silhouettes of people. The shabbiness of the metal (?) wall to the right suggests the area that the viewer is restricted to.
This doesn't have an entirely clear meaning to me, so the photo may act, rorschach like, on the viewer.
 

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28 views and 1 comment? There are no wrong answers!

The shot is exactly what I wanted it to be, but as an image, it feels completely different from when and where I shot it. I would say what I think, but I don't want to steer anyone.
 

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For me, I have to side with DJ.
The eye travel is kinda confusing. I'm searching the image for detail and info but get lost..... sorry, please post your thoughts about this...and
actually this is a good one for the Discussion Group...
Shooter
 

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To be more specific. I see a good bit of wasted space, especially to the right of the photo where we are seeing outside the car you are in, but not the next car. But, I am also confused because we see some of the window frame. I think if the shot was wider where we were seeing more of the inside of the car we are taking the picture from, it presents as a different photo. If we say crop out the window frame then we have a different photo too. And then there is the shadow of you taking the actual photograph.

This looks like one of those pictures that is taken where we are trying to represent how we see something in real life, but most times, that does not make a good picture. This picture may represent exactly what you saw when looking out of the car. The problem is, our mind plays tricks on us and can filter out unwanted information or add information to give us context.
 

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That doesn't bother me, it's just a photograph. It is exactly the one I wanted; I'm not taking it the wrong way.

The shot makes me feel anxious. I want to know why.

It was taken on the train, in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, from one car into another as we left a small tunnel. I was watching the light, and I saw what is in the photo, and we rode around once more so I could get the shot.

I was very surprised to see it. It's not so much that I don't like the shot, it's that I don't like the feeling I get looking at it.

Djarum, I wasn't trying to capture the look in real life; I got what I wanted. That doesn't make it successful, either!
 

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Well Mosca,
You achieved what you set out to do....them image makes me anxious too.......
You had me worried for a moment....... I'm glad your uncomfortable with the image...
I'd be somewhat surprised if you weren't.
Don
 

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I'm confused as well. I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at, and the reflections don't help. There's a few barely discernible objects, but none of them provoke any emotions in me. I suppose confusion is an emotion, so that's what I feel.
 

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Well Mosca,
You achieved what you set out to do....them image makes me anxious too.......
You had me worried for a moment....... I'm glad your uncomfortable with the image...
I'd be somewhat surprised if you weren't.
Don
Oh, no, no; I didn't want it to come out anxious, it just did! It came out completely different from what I wanted, even though it was exactly what I wanted. That is why I put it in this section. It is important to know why.

I think that part of it is what Djarum and photoSmart42 alluded to. Around the margins there is a lot of empty space, and smooth understandable lines, and as the eye works toward the center the light becomes more jumbled and the images less distinct, piled on top of each other; it's as if it is a tangle of light, like a knot. At the same time, the eye is pulled both to the center and into the image, into the depth. It's visually unsettling, an eye-trap, like an itch that won't scratch.
 

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I'm just getting here and I am with the "confused" and yes, even anxious feelings in response to this image. There are quite a few layers and reflections which reminds of an evil "fun house" at an amusement park...or as though it's an image from a bad dream... And then there's a feeling of claustrophobia slipping its way in here for me, too, as though I'm possibly being held hostage or being held on to... How's that for some arm chair Internet psychology?:wink:

Definitely an uneasy feeling...and yet, I wanted to "like it" because of the lights, the glass, and more.
 

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To be honest, in spite of the confusion I can't help but keep looking at it to figure it out. I think you may have captured the photographic version of a Chinese finger trap =).
 

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To be honest, in spite of the confusion I can't help but keep looking at it to figure it out. I think you may have captured the photographic version of a Chinese finger trap =).
I work to create coherent images. My mind is relentlessly representational, as I like to say. This is very different from what I would normally shoot.

But there is also art in dissonance.

I really dislike this image, and at the same time I think it's beautiful. It truly jumped out at me as I was going through Lightroom.
 

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I think it is the view of inside the train whish is going throw a forest, really you have great effort in this shoot.
 

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Unfortunately I have no strong feelings about this photgraph. As others have said, I find it confusing and difficult to understand the context. Maybe it's because I wasn't there, but it fails to draw any emotional response from me. A truely great photograph will always trigger an emotion in the viewer, regardless of whether they were present at the time or not. That's not to say this is a bad picture, it just doesn't connect with me. But that's not the point of what you are asking. The point is, try as I might, I can't really help on this one I'm afraid. :smile:
 

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Here's my take:

The shinyness and reflection are in stark contrast to the elements surrounding, making it seem surreal, as though one is captured inside a fantastic train and about to head off to parts unknown.
 
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