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By picnic66
Taken outside a famous second hand bookshop in Christchurch, October 2008.

An elderly man left his old bicycle leaning against the shop to go inside. While I waited for him to reappear I quickly took this as somebody walked past (to get reflection in the window). Just an auto snapshot! When the elderly man came out I asked him if I could take a photo of him and his bike. His instant response was to get on his bike yelling out an apology! I did like his bicycle.

Most people around Christchurch use bicycles to get around as it's a flat city and well laid out - a wonderful South Island city.

Tags: Photo journalism Transport Reflections Black and white Shop window Old bicycle

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Photocol 19 23 New Zealand
20 Jan 2009 9:26PM
I like the placement of the bike and the legs. I do find my eyes going to the light area above the bike on the right. But I like the idea. Have you tried it in B&W?
Great you are back on the scene Nicola, with another thought provoking candid. You caught the legs reflection well. There are other interesting things such as the top right picture looks like a child on a potty? The book where you can see the letter 'Ye' and 'ight' could be 'yeah right'. The first thing I noticed though was that the front tyre did not fall on any cracks.
Have you seen the work of Geoff Dyer and his book 'the ongoing momment' ? Often referred to in photography degree courses. I believe your style may have parallels.
Grifoto 14 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 1:50AM
Nice work Nicola.............I agree with Photocol, I think it would look good in mono, maybe give it a try.

picnic66 14 1 New Zealand
22 Jan 2009 2:52AM
Thanks you guys.

Robert, good guess about the book - Yeah, Right. It's a slogan Tui, a New Zealand beer company uses to promote it's products on billboards, eg "Chicks prefer boogie boarders, Yeah, Right". We as Kiwis often refer to "Yeah, Right" when joking around. The book is a collection of a lot of those sayings.

The photo was presented at the Camera Club for judging but all those books in the window proved to be a distraction so it was recommended next time I shoot something like that with only the bicycle in focus. Good point, but then one wouldn't of seen the legs walking past. Nothing is necessarily clean in photography!!

And I will put it up again in mono, thanks. In meantime, I'll check out Geoff Dyer!

Hi Nicola, Geoff Dwyer's (apologies for previous spelling) Book was more a collection of famous photographers work than his own, infact he implies that he does not even have a camera. The pictures used are very thought provoking but not everybody's 'cup of tea'. Similarly different camera club judges will have very varied opinions of the same work.
cantona43 17 928 4 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 12:54AM
A wonderful shot Nicola, it was well worth the wait for the reflection, the interest in the window also works well, as for the bicycle those were the days
Thankyou for your kind comments
Hi Nicola, Hope you don't mind that I got inspiration to do my latest street photo from this shot and copied your idea about the reflection.
picnic66 14 1 New Zealand
25 Jan 2009 10:49AM
Glad my shot provided inspiration Robert, it's been done a million+ times before probably, and now yours has provided me with the same. really enjoyed it. I must get some more shots up myself, you're leaving me way behind, grin.
been meaning to say, searched Geoff Dyer on the internet and found his book, plus several others of his. it looks a must read. thanks a lot for the referral.

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