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Time in the mirror



The photo was taken at my niece's house, in the front yard. The two subjects in the picture are my mother her other son's daughter.
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The photo was taken at my niece's house, in the front yard. The two subjects in the picture are my mother her other son's daughter.
Time is always a very modern theme. It offers countless interpretations and ideas. I decided to look at time as for what I've seen around me, the way it changed people and things in my life. My mother and her son's daughter are maybe the most meaningful representation of the way time passes by and changes everything forever. Since I got the idea, I saw the whole picture in my mind, and I immediately knew it would be a BW one. So I turned it BW in Photoshop and worked on the contrast (using the curves), adding a little haze and vintage cast. Of course before doing that I had to load the two pictures (one taken with the girl sitting on the chair, with her image in the mirror, and the other with the old lady sitting on the chair and her image in the mirror). What I did in PS is very simple then. I created a mask for one picture and painted the girl inside the mirror so as to obtain what you can see in the final photo.
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27 Comments | Report
fabiosozza
 
fabiosozza May 27, 2016
Thanks!
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos July 06, 2016
Very meaningful and profound
EmmaJPhotographie
 
EmmaJPhotographie July 20, 2016
very creative love it!
KateMacFran
 
KateMacFran July 20, 2016
Very neat concept!
pietnel
 
pietnel July 20, 2016
Brilliant well done
grahamjriddell
 
grahamjriddell July 21, 2016
Good concept which appeals to me.
SanelR
 
SanelR August 11, 2016
this makes me sad... truefully an excellent photo.. but the truth that you can see in this photo makes me to live even more.. cuz one day hopefully i will be old, and surely i will look myself in mirror and think of myself at young age.
RosaDawn
 
RosaDawn August 19, 2016
love this idea, unique
coryanderson
 
coryanderson August 20, 2016
This has to be one of my most favorite creative shots so far. Very cool!
GothicZen
 
GothicZen August 24, 2016
Great concept and execution.
alexkhoshtaria
 
alexkhoshtaria December 15, 2016
...Time flies...
adavies PRO
 
adavies February 05, 2017
Fantastic! Really well done...lovely story! :)
AstaMagg
 
AstaMagg March 13, 2017
Wow
ashleysowter
 
ashleysowter March 29, 2017
Sensational concept. Love the idea and execution. Congrats
kschatterbox
 
kschatterbox April 06, 2017
very emotional picture. Great concept.
markguy_1809 PRO
 
markguy_1809 May 03, 2017
Very good idea and picture
thatunicorngal PRO
 
thatunicorngal September 11, 2017
What an emotion- filled photo. As we age, we still think of ourselves in terms of our glory days. Thought-provoking and a little sad, as well.
VHiggins
 
VHiggins October 10, 2017
love this! so well done!
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FastHandPhoto October 10, 2017
Awesome creativity
Jefner89 PRO
 
Jefner89 November 01, 2017
Love love love this composition symbolism statement all perfect
thunderlake
 
thunderlake December 05, 2017
Insightful into the real truth of aging. Something maybe nobody has told you is that your body ages but your mind stays young and this is what makes aging hard. Excellent image!!
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hscottburd December 07, 2017
Wow
Rafaphoto PRO
 
Rafaphoto December 28, 2017
Wow, indeed
rougemere
 
rougemere February 09, 2018
Super cool and creative!
leanndavis
 
leanndavis March 03, 2018
Very creative
CC1975
 
CC1975 August 03, 2018
So wonderful!
jamesmoffatt_2718
 
jamesmoffatt_2718 December 14, 2018
Nice touch, very clever too, I like a lot

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Location
The photo was taken at my niece's house, in the front yard. The two subjects in the picture are my mother her other son's daughter.
Time
It was a cloudy day, late afternoon. I remember waiting for the best conditions of light, as I generally prefer to not use flashes. I also remember moving the whole setting around a bit so as to find the best light exposure.
Lighting
As I stated above, no flashes were used in this picture. I generally prefer using natural light.
Equipment
I used my only camera, a Canon 5D mkII and a 50mm f1.8. The space wouldn't allow me to use my 85mm 1.8, I had to be very close to the subjects. I also used a tripod, as the idea I had in mind required taking various shots with the exact same frame and composition. And last but not least, even though this one is probably not to be regarded as a piece of "equipment", I had my other niece hold the mirror, so the mirror you see in the picture is being held up by a 14-year-old girl sitting behind it :) The clock we used was a gift from my granddad a few years before he passed away. It's a Breil and it's from 1975.
Inspiration
Time is always a very modern theme. It offers countless interpretations and ideas. I decided to look at time as for what I've seen around me, the way it changed people and things in my life. My mother and her son's daughter are maybe the most meaningful representation of the way time passes by and changes everything forever.
Editing
Yes, since I got the idea, I saw the whole picture in my mind, and I immediately knew it would be a BW one. So I turned it BW in Photoshop and worked on the contrast (using the curves), adding a little haze and vintage cast. Of course before doing that I had to load the two pictures (one taken with the girl sitting on the chair, with her image in the mirror, and the other with the old lady sitting on the chair and her image in the mirror). What I did in PS is very simple then. I created a mask for one picture and painted the girl inside the mirror so as to obtain what you can see in the final photo.
In my camera bag
My Canon, a 50mm 1.8, an 85mm 1.8, a tripod, batteries and cables. Oh and a couple flash lights, just in case.
Feedback
Well, I love simplicity and natural light. This one here actually goes a bit further: post production plays a necessary role in the making. To make anything similar, first just make sure you know how to use Photoshop levels and masks. The rest is really easy stuff. No special effects at all.

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