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Rineke Dijkstra Photograph - The Third Boy by Michel Verhoef

The Third Boy is a photograph by Michel Verhoef which was uploaded on April 13th, 2013.

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I love the composition in this photo -- it tells a story! To my mind, it is almost reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Casey Heisler

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks Casey for thinking of Rockwell...I've been at his museum...he was great !!! So it's a great honor of you !! 🙏🏼

Brilliant shot!

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thank you Anastasia !!

Love this shot -- makes you wonder who's gazing at who!

Michel Verhoef replied:

thanks once more William !!

Thanks Barbara for finding this one in my work ! Wishing you a happy New Year !!

Brilliant capture Michel! This man's youth is being remembered with much contemplation! l/f

Well spotted...you have great eye.

An excellent composition...and a penny for his thoughts :)

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks a lot Xan for your thoughts on this one !!

Great work Michel. Love your work.

Michel Verhoef replied:

Dank je !!! Thank you very much Patricia !!

Fantastic capture and great composition!

Thanks forthe star Joe ;-)

Very nice work here Michel. Deserves a gold star! fv

One may write a novel about this outstanding composition, Michel )) Appreciate your talent ~ So very inspiring ~ v/f/loved ))

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks Eva...yes some people have a gift of writing a novel like Maggie !! ..but...your words are just as great !!! Thank you for them !

Michel, this is another extraordinary capture that you have done. It is thought-provoking. You have a treasure chest of fine & unusual photos on your site, in natural settings, people just being themselves. LF

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks Anne for appreciating this kind of photography...it is not what people want but they like to watch it here :)))

Stop apologizing Maggie...lol..you haven't reached the saying that a picture says more than thousand words !! You still have a way to go than in that respect :))) I see the power of the picture that he is hiding, so your words are a great compliment to our famous woman photographer Rineke Dijkstra. If i knew her i would let her read your comment ! She is famous for her pictures (flashed in) of vulnerable children. Actually the man is hiding the boy in the middle so that created the image for me, since i am always very aware when i shoot someone else's art that i add something of myself to the picture ! It's an important thing for me since many people shoot art of other people, which is okay, but than it is not one's own credit...it is an unwritten rule here among more serious photographers....:)) thanks again for your lovely short stories...i think you would be a great writer/reviewer of Art books !! wishing you a great weekend !!

Such an interesting image, Michel. One of the first things I noticed was the quiet of the image, with just the man, and the 2 boys; the photograph with very little detail and the walls, very bare in a museum, where everyone speaks respectfully low. I think the symmetrical composition also helps push this feeling further. I wish we could write paragraphs here, but unfortunately, I have learned from last time, that even though you put them in, they do not appear and everything becomes one large block of text, for which I apologize in advance. Next thing that caught me was that the original photograph was taken from a lower stance which makes the boys in this appear to be looking slightly down and directly at the man viewing the image. It's such a strange feeling because it creates a sensation of interaction between them, This iis also a picture you made looking at him, looking at them, looking back at him; just another reason that it is so fantastic. Of course, it is easy to assume that he may have thoughts of days of his youth, but I look inside myself and think when I see art of young teens, or children, do I think to my youth? No, I look and try to get a sense of who they are. Their lack of expression truly allows the viewer to come to his own conclusion and to his own story, finding perhaps a truth within himself. Whatever it is, it feels like a connection that you have captured that makes the image, albeit so serene, both emotional and intimate.

I guess he was just standing there...giving me my luck 🌷

He might be lost in thoughts - maybe of his own youth - of lost possibilities............. - a great shot!

You have captured an important truth here, Michel. There is still a boy inside every man. lF

Michel Verhoef replied:

I guess you're right ! Thanks Steve !!

Thanks a lot Kathleen for visiting once more :)

Perfect! :) kk

I love your work! This photo especially.

Really nice,as simple photos should be,it's all said

Very nice work!

Michel Verhoef replied:

Thanks again Alina :-)

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