In the last few hours of our trip to Hokkaido at the beginning of August '03, this airport employee is captured here bowing at a plane as it taxied towards the runway.
Having received many comments assuming this is a man, I feel I need to tell you that the bowing person is actually a woman. Strange how we tend to assume that it would be a man doing this job...
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cdewet (0) 2003-09-13 9:45
I like the serendepity in this photo, planned or per chance, it does not matter. The guy is standing on the expansion joint running up to the plane. These EJ diagonals makes a strong picture.
dob_31 (0) 2003-09-13 10:11
Japan is a civilization apart from the others! "Bowing at planes" proves it. Thanks for this nice shot.
carolynanna (1324) 2003-09-13 10:11
This is SO Japanese. You really have managed to capture the culture so very well! I love this shot.
Skorj (581) 2003-09-13 10:21
Great composition and social comment! I think that you could crop it off just above the engine cowling? This would tighten up the scale, and focus on the two subjects (the MD bus and the tarmac attendant). This would also remove the second runway a slight detraction I think. Still great as it is though!
ninadev (5377) 2003-09-13 11:04
Nice shot. An image that speaks for itself and representative of Japan. I agree with Mark (Skorj) about cropping above the engine. The diagonal lines on the tarmac really joins the attendant and the plane.
robshort (72) 2003-09-13 11:24
Can't say anything that hasn't been said in the other critiques for this photo. Just wanted to show my appreciation for a great capture.
ronners (10) 2003-09-13 19:49
Excellent shot Martin! This demonstrates your understanding of the culture, because you would have had to prepare for such a shot - and hence know that this guy was going to bow. On my first couple of trips to Japan, I was getting a complex about not responding to everyone who greeted me as I walked into a resturant or store. You soon understand that it's like a reflex.
Luko (13998) 2003-09-14 16:02
Great documentary shot about japanese culture. Both surprising and symbolistic.
A really good feature is that the attendant shirt is the same turquoise color as the carrier colors like he also belongs to the same company : other than the bowing reflex, this can lead to another axis of the japanese socio-economics, the strong ties between the employee and the company.
I really think this shot would have its place in any magazine, both for its photo quality and message.
BTW, no don't remove anything, the crop is great, the background runway also, it shows this is an everyday scene on a real airport. IMO, it won't do any good to push this shot to graphical only, this kind of shot is even more effective when visual tricks are excluded.
mdchachi (1617) 2003-09-16 10:15
Excellent capture -- a quintessential Japanese shot for sure. I'd leave the crop as is.
wanderer (21) 2003-09-22 12:21
Really sweet- No matter what they're doing, they'll wave you off and bow. Funnily enough- happened in Bangkok to me once (out of 2) but the japanese never failed and its just so wonderful how even the japanese ground staff perceive themselves to be ambassadors for their country-and a lovely shot it is!
femkevdh (2633) 2003-11-05 13:28
haha, briliant!! Indeed, unbelievable scenery...
fantastic shot, taken at just the right moment. Like the movement of the plane and the sharp figure.
Big green smiley for you if I'd still have any...
Hikoke (148) 2003-11-26 7:47
Now I want a copy - the image I have in my mind of the Japanese way of doing things. Also like the smallness of the man doing the traditional bow in spite of the huge forces of modernity
davlee (143) 2004-01-16 4:56
Lots of neat things here, apart from the obvious cultural message - the blurred plane in motion, the scale of the huge aircraft and the tiny bowing man... bet you were glad you had your camera with you!
PeterDF (418) 2004-02-21 15:30
Nicely captured moment.
torben (3098) 2004-02-21 15:47
WOW - I didn't notice this one earlier, it's fantastic, great!
I agree with Skorj on the cropping bit, I tried to do it by scrolling a bit in the browser and the composition gets even sharper that way, I even noticed how the grass behind the jet exhaust is blurred. Great!
A-la-N (2025) 2004-06-26 17:21
Galeota (10338) 2005-11-27 2:24
Amazing scene portraying one of the most strange (for us westerners) particularities of the japanese culture. Respect and devotion taken to their ultimate expression. The link between Man and his work as an extension of his own personality. (Francis, is this what you do every time you arrive and quit your office? ;o))
dragonslayero (3116) 2007-08-16 22:07
Truly only in Japan.
Excellent moment. Composition looks perfect, and a soft colour finish.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2007-11-26 14:54
A good capture of a moment in Japan - reminds me of a similar experiance on the Shinkasen train from Kyoto to Hiroshima this year when the guard bowed each time he entered and left the carriage. A bit of this respect around the world wouldn't go amiss!
- Copyright: Martin Bailey (Bayleaf) (1478)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L Ø77, JPEG ISO 100
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Hokkaido - August '03
- Date Submitted: 2003-09-13 9:36
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