Xu Duo

Interesting person. Married early. Divorced. Has a ten year old kid. Raised him alone. Starring in a movie that will make her a star.


This is the calm before the storm.

  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    Hmmm. Somebody darkened my photo as part of the anti SOPA protest. Okay, i'm allright with that. I'll leave it dark for the 24 hours.
  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    Ma®tiniLux How would you have cropped it? Not complaining, just interested.
  • Ma®tiniLux 4y

    way closer or leaving more space to the left.
  • Thomas Lieser PRO 4y

    good one
  • cyberchrome PRO 4y

    too dark

  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    Ma®tiniLux I tried both of those crops. For the sake of discussion I'll explain why I didn't use them. Even though they're both good suggestions.

    She is this single struggling mother on the cusp of big time stardom. I wanted the picture to feel like that.

    I felt like she needed empty space around her. To give the photo that feeling that this is the last time she'll have that quiet space before fame closes in.

    I didn't want her in the center because sort of symbollically she's not there yet. I also didn't want to do a 16:9 crop because it's a movie crop and again that would feel like she had "arrived". 3:2 or 1.618 crops would sort of feel the same way. An empty box that had her off center, up against an unknown edge felt like the right "story"

    Lol. It's easy to overthink these things, but for what it's worth, that was the thinking that went into the crop.
  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    cyberchrome It's dark because today is anti SOPA day. Somebody darkened it for 24 hours as part of the protest. The text explaining that doesn't show up when you view it?
  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    DMU: You can still see the photo by viewing large.
  • Jeff Tam PRO 4y

    great portrait my friend. nice that you gave the background to her as well. very nice
  • Luke Baldacchino 4y

  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    added a tag for Luke Baldacchino
  • jay j wilkie 4y

    she looks like she just got a whiff of a nasty fart .
  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    Ernest E. Hardt Didn't happen. But you can comment twice if you want to make up for forgetting to hit "post comment" the first time.
  • Damien Walker, an ANZAC git 4y

    Oh. My. God!! This is the BEST portrait I have ever seen. You are a master and this is a work of pure genius.

  • Jonathan Kos-Read PRO 4y

    Damien Walker, an ANZAC git Ha ha. I walked into that.
  • Lawrie Mullins PRO 4y

  • HAO WU 4y

    wonderful mood
  • tenthreeleader 3y

  • Enmanibeimihong 2y

    I want say,I really love this one
  • onelifethislife 2y

    Gorgeous! Love the emotion captured.
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Taken on January 16, 2012
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