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The Hedonist
© Hamish Frost
Route: The Hedonist (HVS 5a)
Climbers: Matt Pavitt
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Apologies for the critique, but I've noticed a few for the new book have a similar effect on me. Do definitely ignore, if you wish. Composition is perfect! Sense of exposure is right there! A feeling for the situation and the crag is excellent. Empathy with the climber is -- unfortunately -- minimal, because of a simple omission: you can't see their face, particularly their eyes. Maybe it's just me, but being able to see the expression of the climber communicates so much about the experience. Of course, climbers don't help by looking at their feet most of the time.
Jon Read - 20/Oct/20
Hi Jon, nah fair comment, seeing a face definitely adds an extra dimension to a climbing photo. I reckon I’ve been caught up trying to nail images with an interesting body position, as this is what I think I personally place greater value on when I’m looking at climbing photos. No reason why it shouldn’t be possible to get both in an image (although as you point out, it’s sometimes slightly more challenging as often when you’re making a move you’re usually either looking at your feet or what’s directly in front of you, rather than up at the route ahead). I’ll give it greater thought in future and see what I can come up with!
Hamish Frost - 21/Oct/20
Meant to say, there’s quite a few photos in the book featuring some decent 'giving it stacks' facial expressions so hopefully you're not put off buying a copy!
Hamish Frost - 21/Oct/20
Glad you have taken the comment in the spirit they were made in. The book looks fantastic!
Jon Read - 21/Oct/20
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