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New Creative Experience in Lisbon

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A few days ago with a friendly funicular in Lisbon, Portugal (near
Bairro Alto). I was there for a new and very creative experience
in collaboration with Samsung! I'll share a photo report shortly...

Update: See this mini video documentary showing the
interaction I had with the beautiful city of Lisbon and
the works I made there. You can also have a look to
this full report on my blog.


For more information about my artwork:

Other photos with "selective coloring":

All the World's a Stage by BenHeine We Are In It Together by BenHeine The Beast and The Beauty by BenHeine

The Rainbow after the Rain by BenHeine Something in Common by BenHeine Hello by BenHeine
Image details
Image size
1100x826px 955.02 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 4, 2012, 6:34:27 PM
Sensor Size
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roarbinson's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The setting and composition of this picture are simple yet marvelously chosen. The original (3:2) aspect ratio was cropped appropriately to have the vanishing point follow the rule of thirds - placing it a third into the picture from top and left. The photographer chose the angles very well to place the subjects - person and trolly - into the center and the opposing side of the vanishing point and having them (especially the trolly) not cut off on any side. Also, the selective color - which is the first thing anyone will notice - was chosen wisely to have a blue and yellow working well together. Note the person is wearing blue and the graffiti on the trolly is blue too. Additionally, the brown of the trolly nicely matches the person's shoes. It also seems very appropriate that the trolly's interior is not in color thus not stealing any attention from the outside and person.

At a longer glance, the spectator begins to notice the black and white that actually takes up more space of the photograph than the colored subjects. He starts to notice the fine detail in the cobble stone pavement in the lower left, the door on the right, the cables working toward the vanishing point at the top and the people down the street.

To me it is amazing how well the only real vertical line in this picture works out not being in the center but to the right of the person that takes up the center.

If the picture was taken by another person, I have to congratulate to the wonderful photograph. If the picture was taken by the subject using a tripod, I am in awe of your vision to see yourself in a setting that does not implement you at the time of setting up.

I have never been to Lisbon or even Portugal but this photograph got it on my bucket list.
BenHeine's avatar
Many thanks for sharing your opinion!
marionbrook's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The piece is beautifull. Full of patterns, very detailed and full of life and story. You could write a novel out of this!
It is great how the "elevator" (ascensor) has all it's original color, which is very tipical of it, and which kind of represents the soul of Lisbon (i love my hometown).
Also, it seems like the boy, as soon as he touched the ascensor he gained color.
And because the artist captured an historical view of the city, you can travel in time... and once again, this same ascensor (which itself has a huge past) is your time machine.
You could indeed write an awesome novel.
BenHeine's avatar
Thanks a lot, you express it so well
marionbrook's avatar
You know something, i was reviewing this and... OMG! You just invented the portuguese version of The Tardis! :D <3
marionbrook's avatar
you're very welcome! and no no, YOU express it so well! :)
BKapikoM's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

This piece was one of the first that caught my eye among all of the others on the front page. This is an amazing photo. Heck, I believe before the editing this would have been great regardless. The composition is spot on. The fact that you only made the subject and the trolley in color and the rest in black in white is not very original but it definitely works well and it adds balance. I love how you can view what is behind the subject and how the rails and wires lead your eye through the rest of the piece. I sort of wish you added the color effect to the back part of the trolley to make it a bit more dimensional. Overall, this is a great piece and it would be a really great print.
MouraMoura's avatar
My city. Looks amazing. 
Blue-Angel12's avatar
Hehe ah, o nosso país!XD
marionbrook's avatar
The Doctor and his Tardis, PT vs. <3
saadbenamar's avatar
old in new ... the colors make time stand .. and the yellow was Great !
Melopsittacus's avatar
liked your stay? :)

nice job!
wow wow wow ~~~~~~~~so goooooooooooood ~~~~~~~
W444GH's avatar
:iconcrosseyedclapplz::iconsaysplz: oh woow..
:iconpervieplz::iconsaysplz: Wauw
kingbob24's avatar
IcntBelievItsNotALEX's avatar
This is incredible! Did you actually draw the yellow "eléctrico"?(can't say it in English > .>)
Dream-Nova's avatar
Wow! So amazing! I love how you put yourself and the cart in color! Very nice photo!
pariah87's avatar
looks pretty good :clap:
(interesting video :))
eager to see some of your Lisbon drawings
VianaArts's avatar
My country! yay! :iconiloveyouplz: Great photo.
Egil21's avatar
I hope you had a very creative time with our good weather, sunny and warm! ;)
Loved the video, brilliant :clap: thank you for sharing!
Markotxe's avatar
no conductor ?
Ykoriana's avatar
Had I known and I would have gone to get an autograph!
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