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Great batalay 2007-02-01 16:11

Hello Gae,

Of the many excellent photos you have in your personal gallery, this new one hit me just right. It is an excellent portrait. The composition, sharpness, exposure are all excellent.

Indeed, either on purpose or just intuitively, you have cropped the picture so that the subject's left eye (on the right side of the picture) falls very close to the vertical centerline of the picture. It was discovered by the British born psychologist Christopher Tyler in 1998 that in most great single-subject portraits, the center-line (vertical bisector of the canvas) passes through one eye of the subject. This is true of Leonardo's three portraits of women (Ginevra de'Benci, Cecilia Gallerani, and La Giaconde), most of Rembrandt's miraculous works, and even in some Picassos that this is a intuitive principle. It is not taught in art classes, very good artists independently discover and impliment the principle. I wrote a book on the intersection of art, mathematics and science, "Math and the Mona Lisa," and I am especially sensitive to such beautifully conceived and implimented photos.

Warm regards from Virginia, USA

Old 02-04-2007, 09:33 AM
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Hallo Bulent, I have appreciated your explanation very much. The crop was only intuitive but I saw it worked well. Probably admiring all the great painters you mentioned and having visited many Italian museums, my unconscious refered to something of their portraits!

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