Friday 21 December 2007

Inverse "hallow effect" - # 329

In a short span this blog has become a place where obscure German electronic particle physicists can rub shoulders and converse comfortably with educationally sub-normal adolescent lads from the sink estates of the Upper Clyde. We are pleased.

This posting is a proto-typical attempt to apply J-W von Goethe's "Colour Theory" in the light of the ideas put forward by F Schiller in his discussion of the genuine (or "gut") emotions aroused by true and honest ("naive") photographic genius as opposed to the bogus emotions excited by mechanistically contrived and therefore morally bankrupt images produced by various practitioners who operate in the B&W space and who, in that way, attempt to manipulate the innocent public (who ask for nothing but an honest quick thrill) through the "sentimentality" of their monochrome creations.

Goethe theorised on how the effect of colours that arise at the margins where the streams of the spectrum meet has a powerful influence on our perception. Newton dealt in the cold science of the spectrum. Goethe takes the science into the mind. My crafty manipulation of the "nearly monochrome" demonstrates that there is hope for the Scottish Lad.


  1. Thanks for the delightful humour in this post, I was chuckling throughout the read!

    Glad you enjoyed my attempt at portraiture (albeit not in B&W), now awaiting the result of your own endeavour. Who said the pressure was on?

  2. I didn't understand a word of your post, but I love the picture!

  3. Geez, was it dark when you took this?

  4. I'm wondering a bit about your nomenclature....

    Hallow \Hal"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hallowed; p. pr. & vb.
    n. Hallowing.] [OE. halowen, halwien, halgien, AS.
    h[=a]lgian, fr. h[=a]lig holy. See Holy.]
    To make holy; to set apart for holy or religious use; to
    consecrate; to treat or keep as sacred; to reverence.
    ``Hallowed be thy name.'' --Matt. vi. 9.

    I'm sure it's intentional, coming from such an educified person, but I can't quite figure it out

  5. NB, I handled an E3 in a shop in Zurich today. An impressive piece of kit, this looks like a serious camera. I'm a teeny bit disappointed that they didn't manage to continue the OM system's commitment to compact SLR's. I'm a bit tempted to wrest myself from the grip of the Canon empire, but maybe not yet

  6. very crafty...Scottish lad...

  7. You crack me up! Just what I need after a hard day's night in Monte Carlo.

  8. What a fun post. Have at it.

    For us old folks, it is a weary time of year. So as it winds down may I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday and a prosperous new year.

    Abraham and Patty Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo
    Brookville, Ohio USA

  9. Never mind all the mumbo jumbo, it's just an effective photo.

  10. Thanks for your pictures throughout the year, and for your contribution to the City Daily Photo network.Have a joyous Christmas and a Happy New
    from South Shields Daily Photo