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Reflective Play with Perception in ‘The Frail Second’

By Jules Ebe on September 26th 2013


Sometimes it is that fleeting moment of inspiration that sticks with us. The way light reflects off a structure, or drifts through a hazy window. Sometimes it is the gesture or posture of an individual sitting on a park bench. Whatever it is – go with it! It is those moments that great photo series can be built from.

We recently got to talk ‘behind the scenes’ with Htet T San about his beautiful and thought provoking series ‘The Frail Second’. Check it out:

The Inspiration

One day, I was sitting on the beach, looking at the people playing around with the water, there was this man standing, gazing towards the ocean effortlessly, whose vague reflection was repeatedly being washed out with the tides coming up and down which made me think about our mere existence on this world. I grabbed my camera and took the picture that inspired me to continue the series.


All of the pictures were taken at beaches around New York City, mainly on Coney Island and Brighton Beach. I focused on shooting reflections of human figures and the rest of the images are done in post-production with multiple layering.










For the Gear Heads

I shot with Canon 40D and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Aspherical Lens for the whole project utilizing natural ambient lighting.

Cloudy Days and Evenings are the best for the results I aimed to get.

To see more of San’s work, check out his website:

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

CREDITS: Photographs by Htet T San have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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  1. Gonzalo

    Very beautiful idea and great results! Love specially the first one!

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    • Jules Ebe

      My thoughts as well. There is almost a melancholy peacefulness to it.

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