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The Price Of Passion...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 14 December 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
~Woody Allen

The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.
--John Huston

In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum.
--John Carpenter

Canon PowerShot S90 1/2 second F/2.0 ISO 1600 6 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Sarah from Sydney, Australia

Disappointment hits hard - I can really see it on his face. Great photo.

14 Dec 2010 6:01am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I love the portrait of this man deep in thought. He looks like a nice fellow.

14 Dec 2010 6:17am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I hope your films make money, Pavan. A super photo.

14 Dec 2010 7:53am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, Canada &, United Kingdom

It's a frame that conjurs up a world of possible observations Pavan, and like Sarah mine was on the theme of passion in the face of financial failure. Lit by merely the light from the corridor outside, the entry door to the theatre open but devoid of paying customers, the cinema owner takes his seat in the room, alone watching the film on the big screen. Hopes and dreams, the banks at his throat for the money he owes them, having sunk his lifetimes savings and passion into the project all suspended just for the brief moments of clarity and beauty as he stares transfixed at the scene in front of him.

Using just that available light really gives emotion to the frame. A wonderful image that as always, get's my grey matter whirring into a sea of possible scenarios.

14 Dec 2010 8:18am

@SOUL AFLAME: Many thanks Paul! Your moving words add so much to my image! Only a true artist such as you would care to look and read so deeply! Thank you again:)

Nina from Haute Loire, France

The light lets in the thoughts of the spectator isolated ...theaters are made to be filled ...

14 Dec 2010 8:38am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great low light shot....Light gives wonderful effect.

14 Dec 2010 8:55am

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

a great point of view and light!

14 Dec 2010 8:59am

k@ from Paris, France

The light is stunning and so steady at such a low shutter speed you are. Thanks for John Huston quote i didn't know, i agree totally, it's a humility lesson to meditate. A beautiful image of meditation too, about our jobs in that industry of Art (contradictory terms in themselves, hence the fragile frontier) and about our lives. Again, i love this light along with the man attitude.

14 Dec 2010 8:59am

@k@: Thank you my friend Karine:) BTW, I don't have the steadiest of hands, so I rested the camera on the balcony wall to steady it!

Sriram from Chennai, India

Exquisite!!! Pavan, loved all your recent pictures! Browsed through all of them. way to go, dude!!

14 Dec 2010 9:36am

@Sriram: Thanks Dude! You pack a real mean punch yourself...have been watchin you a while now and there's no dearth of talent and passion on your page! Cheers:)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

superb portrait!

14 Dec 2010 9:39am

Thaïs from nice, France

Un bien beau titre pour une bien belle réalisation!

14 Dec 2010 9:43am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

If the movie is good ... After seeing it is a reflection ... the movie is still in your mind and your spirit! A great time for ... completely absorbed in his world! Surely a new world ... evocations! Best regards friend Pavan!

14 Dec 2010 9:48am

Sam from Chennai, India

Superb portrait. Great angle and wonderful light. Excellent Pavan :)

14 Dec 2010 9:56am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great shot, I especially like the light !!!

14 Dec 2010 10:00am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The light here is beautifully managed

14 Dec 2010 10:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

belle ambiance ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

14 Dec 2010 10:16am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

An excellent introspection

14 Dec 2010 10:41am

Journey Photographic from Australia

I love the lighting in this, and the single isolated subject.

14 Dec 2010 11:31am

jeanne from près de marseille, France

bel éclairage
lumière partielle
bonne journée

14 Dec 2010 12:02pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

amazing !!!! fantastic portrait , angle of view genial strong image B/W 5* pavan

14 Dec 2010 12:03pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Afghanistan

massssssssssssssster *****...................................bravo , bravo , bravo

14 Dec 2010 12:07pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent portrait, superb atmosphere!

14 Dec 2010 12:23pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

wonderfully pensive mood, great light!

14 Dec 2010 1:41pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful low key portrait. excellent communication of mood

14 Dec 2010 2:25pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great lighting in this portrait

14 Dec 2010 2:25pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the mystery that light gives - excellent portrait

14 Dec 2010 3:36pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wonderful ! A splendid light !

14 Dec 2010 3:47pm

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

very good, it is a film scene!

14 Dec 2010 3:51pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Only before the match, He dreams about victory !
Nice shot!

14 Dec 2010 4:03pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Perfect light and composition for this shot!!

14 Dec 2010 5:01pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb portrait in wonderful light, he looks so deep in thought perhaps perplexed

14 Dec 2010 6:35pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a special shot in this very low sidelight. A marvelous effect, photographically, that highlights the idea of this man's deep mood or pensive thoughts. A beautiful conjuring of "story."

14 Dec 2010 6:42pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

boy is that the truth - passion does not equal money - but it does equal love and spirit and truth of the soul - and there's nothing more beautiful than that. Excellent shot!

14 Dec 2010 7:33pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

The light, light on the row of chairs, the man's expression, is sooo good

14 Dec 2010 7:48pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

John Carpenter is so not a bum! :D I think Woody Allen has it right though. A very reflective photo. I like the illumination on the closed up chairs in the background. That adds to the tone.

14 Dec 2010 8:08pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Lovely light!

14 Dec 2010 8:59pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very cool idea, nice one

14 Dec 2010 9:58pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

What composition in this picture, the first row of seats with its perspective and bright light flooded and this man in the foreground with his pensive or doubtful. This character, in both shadow and light that illuminates her face in half, gives the picture its entire interrogation or its meaning ..

14 Dec 2010 10:13pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Wonderful portrait Pavan ! The framing is excellent...the empty seats make a great background for this image.

15 Dec 2010 1:33am

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

Looks like you need a new audience...or maybe just any audience...

15 Dec 2010 2:13am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Fantastic Shot Pavan. Is it a self portrait? The light diffusing from the only direction it can and casting itself on those rows of chairs. The silence and calmness (or the coldness of expression) due to inability or dejection. Superb piece of photography. Best Wishes. Nitin

15 Dec 2010 3:13am

@Nitin: Thank you Nitin! That's my friend, colleague & DOP Hiroo:)

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India

Cool perspective, reminds me of the final scene from Cinema Paradiso

15 Dec 2010 4:07am

Kala from United States

A powerful image. The pensive look on his face while sitting in a barely lit, empty theater makes the viewer wonder about the sometimes rewarding, sometimes desperate world of film-making.

15 Dec 2010 4:47am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic portrait! Great capture of the expression...
Love the lighting...

15 Dec 2010 5:06am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

he looks a lonely guy in deep thought

15 Dec 2010 7:06am

Ginnie from Netherlands

It's a powerful depiction, Pavan, about being an artist in your position. Are all artists lonely, I wonder?? My guess is that's where the good art evolves!

15 Dec 2010 7:34am

@Ginnie: loneliness is an absolute pre-requisite for creativity Ginnie. Thank you for your welcome visits and kind words of encouragement:)

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

nice proportion between light and shadows

15 Dec 2010 7:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Immersed in his passion, splendid portrait with the face side light and shadow side. Good day.

15 Dec 2010 9:27am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

I like this dark picture...

15 Dec 2010 9:30am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Fantastic mood in this portrait Pavan ! The light is amazing... Have a lovely day :)

15 Dec 2010 10:38am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

He is deep in thought and the competition is ongoing...I like the strong hint of light into this dark cinema, nice capture and composition! Best wishes to you all, Pavan.

15 Dec 2010 11:17am

noel from Paris, France

very great capture of this man surrounded by chairs only

15 Dec 2010 11:23am

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

Lovely lowlight image ! Great shadows and powerful mood depiction .. !

15 Dec 2010 12:07pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

great photo!! exposure is fantastic!!

15 Dec 2010 12:49pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great portait! I like the light and shadow effect on each side of the face. The seats are waiting to be filled - so keep your focus on the screen. Thanks for the interesting set of quotes you give us here.

15 Dec 2010 2:50pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

such a somber mood here

15 Dec 2010 2:52pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

It's one of your best best Pavan ..The words , the title , the light on the empty seats , the way of sitting and the whole atmosphere is wonderful .
For me an empty movie theaters is a big aim to take some photos and I've never been there unless to watch movies !!
I really enjoy with this B&W .

15 Dec 2010 4:55pm

@Farnaaz: Thank you my friend, for your very kind and appreciative words:)

London Caller from United Kingdom

Great portrait with superb control of exposure!
Good perspective too!

15 Dec 2010 6:05pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Beautiful light and portrait, as I leave to visit my sister, I say Merry Christmas to you and
your family Pavan, I am sure you will be doting on your son.

15 Dec 2010 8:22pm

@Phil Morris: Oh yes Phil, I WILL be! Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Phil:)

saravana from salem, India

I remember watching a movie hardly with other 3 people inside the theater....that was a movie made from the novel of my famous author.. I liked the movie and was wondering why people always want movies to be spiced up..

16 Dec 2010 11:29pm

@saravana: Thank you so much for your visits and comments!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

There's a lot of that going around here right now. Great shot with great emotion. Your film making shows in your shots. I always find it fascinating. By the way, thanks for checking in on me. I really appreciated that. :)

20 Dec 2010 6:24am

@Bettina: Betty, You are one of those few here that I find a connection with, whose work I so admire and whose comments I truly is always a pleasure:) Be well!

Canon PowerShot S90
1/2 second
ISO 1600
6 mm