PEOPLE 357 – GOING TO WORK 84 (MONO)

 

 


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An old and very dear friend of mine is a professional psychologist and avid people-watcher.  Her insights into everyday human behaviour never cease to fascinate and amaze me.  I had the idea sometime back of giving her a photobook of the Going To Work images (produced via Blurb) for her birthday, and that project is moving ahead.  In the course of assembling these pictures for use in her book, I have found six images that have not been posted in the Going To Work series but which really belong there, and so I am incorporating them into this series here.  This is the fourth of the six.  You can find the other images here: 1 2 3 .

Waiting for the morning bus.

Composition: the two men in the foreground make this image, and there are at least two ways of viewing the resulting composition.  I first thought that the man on the right, the one peering around the edge of the shelter, makes this image – probably because he’s sharp and not obscured by the sunlit grime of the shelter’s transparent side.  My eyes seemed first to go to him, and then to the fully exposed face of the older man on the left, and thence on to the other two, half-seen men further back in the shelter.  But now I wonder if the older man on the left is not the attention grabber and, if that is the case, then there is a dynamic – do I go from him to look at the man on the right (which I probably do), or go to look at the men at the back – and thence find my eyes going back and fore along this “human chain”?  What do you think?  Who do you look at first?

With superhuman patience I might have been able to further reduce the amounts of grime visible on the shelter’s side, but I don’t have that patience and, anyway, this is unprettified city life.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45  46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and then click again on this larger version.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared High Contrast preset and adding a light coffee tone; Victoria Street, central Bristol; 24 Feb 2017.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

11 Responses to PEOPLE 357 – GOING TO WORK 84 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    First, I like the grime. Second, I don’t know if it matters which face dominates, or which one I look at first – it’s the dance the two faces do in my head that I like. 🙂 And the grime.

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  2. OK, this was my experience: I first saw the older man on the left, then went to the younger man on the right. (I think my eye was going from lightest area to area in sharpest focus.) Then I wanted to finish reading what you wrote. I didn’t notice the people in the background at all until you pointed them out. I’m glad you didn’t remove the dirt and splatters on the window; they belong there. Even before I read it in your note, I just knew that these guys were waiting for a bus. Looking at the photo some more, I appreciate the bumpy curve from top left to bottom right, and I like the straight diagonal shadow on the window going in what feels to me like the opposite direction. Then there’s your Mondrian-like blocking of rectangles sort-of superimposed on the whole composition. It’s a really nice photograph.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Linda, thank you so much for this detailed analysis, its really informative and there are new things here for my eyes, which is always good. You’re not the first to value the dirt and spatters – and removing such things is just not me!!! 😉 The bumpy curve you talk about is new to me, an interesting insight, together with the fact that the shadow is opposing it – and “my” Mondrian-like rectangles – well, let me be honest here, I just see something and fire the camera at it, these sorts of shots are often very quickly taken – whether I’m registering these things subliminally – well, who knows??? But your (and others’) analysis is very interesting – thank you! Adrian 🙂

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      • Thanks for your honesty, Adrian. I am also one who just sees something and fires the camera at it. I am always amazed when someone seems to ascribe to me the foresight to be aware of all the elements that go together to make the photograph.

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  3. The grime is a vital part of the image, if you ask me. As you say, “unprettified city life.”
    My eye seems to initially be drawn to the older, oof gentleman and then to the younger man peeking around the edge. The diagonal line of light/shadow and the horizontal metal ‘bar’ seem to reinforce this. And the square crop really works here too.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I certainly agree about the grime – and I’ve no wish at all to prettify city life – it is what it is, warts and all, and I enjoy photographing it. Thanks for your visual analysis, I’m very interested in images and composition and always interested to hear how other people look at / see things.

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  4. The man on the left caught my eye first, but I quickly followed the line of the shelter support to the man on the right, peering around the edge. He seems to have more of a sense of urgency, keeping my attention. Nice capture of the bus stop scene, Adrian!

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  5. paula graham says:

    How most folk live their life, waiting for transport or driving around…in the old days we would be waiting for the stage coach and horses or sit on one (horse!)…After brexit we may well return to that mode of living, great fun especially when it rains or snows!! Super shot.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I know you’re worried about Brexit, my friend. Its a great pity that the EU didn’t stick to what it was originally, a free trade area and – since we are sitting next to Russia – a mutual defence community. But Brussels kept moving towards making the EU a number of federal states in a single country, and now here we are.

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