Monday, December 06, 2010

Cultural Exchange

... between Marcopolo and Kublai Kahn. I think the idea is not coming across too clearly with this one - a bit too complicated. What do you think the story is about? :)

Topic:
a "photo" from Marco Polo's journey from Italy to Asia

Title: Cultural Exchange


Note: I wonder why people hardly smile in the old photographs, they all looked so serious - this came across when I did a bit research about it.. Hence the seriousness in both characters in this 'photo'. :P

10 comments:

RONNEY ARAGUNDI said...

hehe i got a feeling this was yours :D great job

Logan Pearsall said...

Yeah, you'd have to know your history to really "get" it....

About your question why everyone looks so serious.....
It's because, at the time, it took an incredible amount of time for the film to be exposed in the camera. And the person getting their photo taken, had to stand there while that happened, motionless. This was because if you moved even a little bit (over the ~5 minute exposure time), the end result would look like those time lapse photos where you see the trails of the movement. And since it's hard to smile consistently for ~5 minutes, people just looked serious. Much easier.
Hope that answered it!

Really great painting!

Jez Tuya said...

This is AWESOME!

Charles Santoso said...

Ronney: Thanks, man.

Logan: Great! That's totally making sense! Thanks for the explanation :) very interesting.

Jez: Thx a lot, Jez!

Jonas bm said...

Love your Kublai Khan :D

Betsy Bauer said...

Really great stuff, Charles! I thought this one was yours!

matt latchford said...

It was a wicked comp and I loved your entry, man! Great work :)

Pat said...

the texture looks awesome!
and they didn't smile cause noone told them to say cheese till way after in time... maybe

Charles Santoso said...

Jonas: Thanks, man! :)

Betsy: hehe.. thx!

Matt: Thanks for the visit, Matt.. Your entry was cool! very funny. :)

Pat: hehehehe.. of course! XD thanks, Pat.

Carrie Rodriguez said...

Yeah, I've wondered the whole why they never smiled too! :) Try watching the movie Creation! theres a part there where they are taking photos and the girl was smiling and laughing and the photographer becomes grumpy and corrects her into a scowl. :))

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