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All the world is a stage by pwillyams All the world is a stage by pwillyams
Street photo in Kashgar. Here's the back story:

I was wandering through the alleyways in the old town in Kashgar, which is way out West in China, on the old Silk Roads. I waited in this alleyway, where the light was amazing, as a few people passed through bombing my stage :-(. Fortunately the kids kept playing, the boy absorbed in his new kite, the girl looking like maybe she'd been promised a turn. I got four frames - I am not into bursts - and got three images I was really happy with. None of these were posed; if the kids had noticed me they would have come running.

This is my favourite because of the sense of mystery, and of course the colours. The way the hands come out, detached from any body, reminds me of a Dr Suess illustration of The Once-ler in the Lorax (a faceless but ultimately remorseful despoiler of the environment). But mostly the kids, caught up in their own theatre of fun.

The composition is an interesting point. I tried a crop to focus on the subject more (40% left, 10% right, 20% bottom) which is the natural reaction of judges, and it just does not work. The foreground provides context, a balance of colour, and creates lines that give the image depth. I know this, but I don't really know why. After trying maybe 50 crops, I know this framing just works.

This part of China, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, is an amazing and intriguing place to visit and the photography opportunities are amazing. There is more on my website www.pwillyams.co.nz look under Travel then China.

Kia ora
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All the world is a stage by ~pwillyams The Suggester says: "With perfect timing, "All the world is a stage" performs the alchemy of great photography: it turns the iron of the ordinary into the gold of magic". ( Suggested by EricForFriends and Featured by myraincheck )
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
wonderful !!! love it
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sampea Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
:)
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memod Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional
Love this one, it is a really strong photo. It has depth, it has amazing light and really interesting colours. An immediate eye catcher. It must have been interesting  to sit there and wait for the right moment =]


Daniel
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
wonderful ! 
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mariomencacci Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Superb!
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pitchblackaisles Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work! beautiful shades and colors. I like that voyeuristic kind of photography. reminds me of the game Papo & Yo.
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pwillyams Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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aaroffy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Congrats on the DD.  it is a simple yet beautiful image.
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   Photographer
:) :clap: Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!!
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usupehmat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
i love it

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XNightshadeX Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a magical happening! Love it! And I love your description of the event as well. Definitely has that mystical, Suessical vibe to it :)
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steppeland Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Photographer
Wow, that's a marvellous image! Great description too... thank you for sharing with us some more of the experience behind this image. And congrats on the DD!
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featKae Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wanted to say "that deserved a DD" and here I saw it ;)
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
You did well!  The composition is great!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks very surreal and captivating. Thanks so much for sharing!
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InQdeth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Photographer
this picture is amazing... you are correct on this framing working; because it feels like one is peering around a backstage corner, and is eavesdropping on an almost private scene, it is spectacular! =D
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hieulai2002 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
This is what Oasis City look like in real life.
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pwillyams Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is real!  :-)

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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   General Artist
Adorable :)
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arteater1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Very well done....
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stephigdc Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Whoa! I thought it was a painting at first and... still not convinced lol beautiful
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"And life's a player"
Go away Shakespeare, THIS is poetry in motion
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yyvonne Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Wow! :love:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture
congrats for DD
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TheLegendofEevee Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D And I agree; the way you cropped it works very well. It feels like it's telling a story this way. Congratulations on the DD! :)
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Serch1218 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice

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artoftas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifull. Firt thing I felt about this picture: Old tales become alive.
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Feythnin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It does actually remind me of the once-ler
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montygm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Beautiful lighting and shadows. Very nice description also and thought out. Good shot.
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Nanakiwi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Great photo Paul, the colours are awesome and the hint of what is to come (the child running down the path with his almost matching tshirt, leads nicely :) (Trish from FB)
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
It's an amazing photo indeed.
But I do feel compelled to mention it is the "Once-ler" in the Dr. Suess book you mentioned.  Just as an aside.
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Feythnin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They didn't say it was the Once-ler, they said it reminded them of that
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
True.  I was only pointing out that the name is Once-ler when Grinchler is what was there originally.
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Feythnin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Haha! I came after it was already edited I guess XD
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
It happens.
It's all good friend.
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pwillyams Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes of course!  I'll correct that, thanks!
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
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Thank you for sharing this awesome photo
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Congrats on the DD!

 

Amazing capture!

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stupidmaggot Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
wow *,*
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MwLucYo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amazing shot
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chill13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most incredible pictures I've ever seen.  The lighting is incredible, especially the near black behind that splash of color.  It almost seems like some sort of flying, almost glowing, creature has come out of hiding to inspect this little girl.  There's a mutual curiosity going on there.  The boy's hands are barely visible and make it seem as if the color is floating on it's own.
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pwillyams Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
It makes my day when someone enjoys an image that much :-)

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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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k-i-m-o-c-h-i Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
<3
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k-i-m-o-c-h-i Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Heart Onigiri When I saw this picture I was happy and I felt that all was well with the world
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
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ashrhinos Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This REALLY works.

I agree with your sense of cropping too. I feel the same, it's not about the conventions, or even the rule of thirds, this is about how the light and shade plays. A beautiful, subtly lit shot and then...the kite! Wow!! It doesn't fit but it SO does...a real explosion of colour that leads the eye to around the corner, to where we cannot see, but imagine.

I take my hat off to you! I'm glad this is the shot that pleased you most, it pleases me a great deal!

Thanks

Phil
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mizzmint Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on having your piece featured as one of today's Daily Deviations! :glomp:
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lomatic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic catch.
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