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Blocked Pathway

By crookymonsta
Another shot from my session with Damien Demolder yesterday - but not a set-up this time. I saw this cleaner walking along with his dustpan and brush and thought he had a very interesting profile.

They say a picture paints a thousand words but so far very few of mine have. Everyone interprets a picture in their own way but for me this one is all about inaccessibility. A cleaner's salary is unlikely to allow for shopping in Armani (neither does mine!) and I think the pillar's position on the 'path' and the line in front of the man both act as visual blocks in his way.

I would be very interested in knowing what it says to you, if anything, I may be reading more into it than there is.

Damien certainly gave us a lot of food for thought yesterday, as did the speaker at our camera club last Monday, ironically also a street photographer. I think I have a clearer idea of what to look for now - just need to get out and about more.

Many thanks for C&Cs on yesterday's offering and particularly to Moira (Mrswoolybill) for her very kind User Award.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 9:57AM
to me he looks like an armani model ....
as you say ... we all view things differently

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
29 Oct 2012 10:53AM
Really good.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 2:00PM
You've captured a strong and moving portrait in profile. As you say, the contrast between the reality of low-paid work and the illusion of the mall's gloss.
This is how street photography works best for me - creating links and relationships between people and their surrounding, although the participants will be blissfully unaware of those relationships. Do you know franken's portfolio ? It's something that he does very well.
Back a few years ago, Eldon Square shopping mall in Newcastle, which normally bans photography (very politely but very firmly) announced a photography competition. For one weekend only, accredited entrants had the run of the place. The aim of the competition was to promote the wonderful experience of shopping there, and there was supposed to be an exhibition of winning entries.
I had a wonderful time, photographing bored husbands, fractious children; bulging waistlines and bulging Primark bags passing in front of designer windows. I know of several other people who were doing the same.
I wasn't surprised to hear nothing more, but I was surprised that the promised exhibition never materialised. I think they may have got a shock when they saw other people's view of their carefully crafted fantasy.
I do like that headless mannequin, by the way!
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2012 6:21PM
Another great capture Sandra, like Moira, I see the contrast in the worker and his surroundings. A very well thought out and presented street photograph!

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