I saw this woman reading a newspaper, comfortably resting in a curiously designed "chair" outside a Marimekko boutique in the centre of Helsinki. Later I noticed that every Marimekko shop in the city seemed to invite people passing by to take a rest in this kind of soft chairs.
The young woman sent me a quick glance when I aimed my camera at her, but she obviously didn't care and decided that her newspaper was more interesting.
Marimekko is a Finnish design and textile company founded in 1951. The characteristic patterns and colours have made Marimekko clothes popular all over the world. According to Wikipedia the company got its big international breakthrough when Jacqueline Kennedy was seen wearing Marimekko clothes.
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dkmurphys (47288) 2014-09-02 7:20
This could be a definition of urban relaxation :P. fine scene, well spotted.
COSTANTINO (52268) 2014-09-02 7:37
Hello dear friend
I like this kind of photos with colors and
impressive details with the woman reading
a newspaper comfortably resting in
a curiously designed chair
a shot that has everything
colors designs and inspiration
I love the colors and here we have
an amazing combination of them
thanks my friend
photographer_sg (3257) 2014-09-02 8:03
Fine street shot beautifully framed and with superb colours and pin sharp details. The lady on the chair and the one in the photo (within photo), the design on the glass panes, the view of the interior and the small stand at the right, everything adds up harmoniously to make a very attractive picture. Reminds me of Wolfgang's photos. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
ktanska (24326) 2014-09-02 8:17
Excellent shot showing this window full of Finnish design. Good idea from the shop to offer that place to relax. Very nice to see. As I don't visit Helsinki very often, this is not very familiar place to me either.
CLODO (29466) 2014-09-02 8:21
if I look closely these "chairs", I can see on one the name of the shop and on the other the colored pattern on the advert just on its side.
Good opportunity for the passers-by, and the photographers!
My best regards
Fis2 (82736) 2014-09-02 8:33
Another curious scene from street.
Good reportage shot.
I like frame and colors.
eldancer1 (25814) 2014-09-02 9:30
She is a beautiful woman, the message she is sending you is that she used to people taking her picture. Good composition with good location of all the elements. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
swapankumarroy (1442) 2014-09-02 9:31
You narrated very interesting about the lady who was taking rest outside the shop. Very colorful and an well position where you shoot the woman who did not know about it. Nice composition and well sharped image.
warm regards and thanks,
cornejo (28820) 2014-09-02 9:54
Hello Gert, very good view of this interesting scene of daily life in these boutiques, very well framed and captured in this photograph pretty good. An interesting picture with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (20883) 2014-09-02 11:03
I guess that this is the picture of the girl before she went shopping at Marimekko. Maybe another pic will follow just after her shopping there ?
Excellent clarity, colours, sharpness and composition.
Best regards, Paul
ikeharel (53463) 2014-09-02 11:16
I was intriuged what the sign "Keskuskatu centralgatan" means and where it is, found simply a translation that says "Central main street". Than looked up the web for the "Marimeko" store - and two point conjoined on the map. Some stuff I do for a hobby to find locations on new places, for me, at least.
Fine moment taken, interesting and colorful.
mesutilgim (80900) 2014-09-02 11:28
Hello dear Gert,
Very well observed and captured. Wonderfull the young girl in front of the scenery taking a rest !
TFS and best regards
ourania (27598) 2014-09-02 11:38
I like very much how the lady's posture contrasts the very neat setting. An interesting daily life scene, an unusual habit and a fine composition to present them. Anyone who sits in front of the shop's window is sure to get some attention, the lady obviously didn't mind being inspected along with the clothes' display and didn't mind being photographed either. I like her attitude, the play of colours and the graphic contribution of words and signs:) They are such an integral part of urban life and you use them so well in your compositions. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Zengi001 (2431) 2014-09-02 14:47
Looks colorful and comfortable :-)
Nice capture of the moment,
carlo62 (28815) 2014-09-02 15:08
hai trovato anche qui la possibilità di esprimere la tua abilità in questo genere di foto.
Ottimo colpo, curioso e intrigante, è come entrare nell'intimità della donna.
macjake (53342) 2014-09-02 15:30
didn't I tell you!!!
if you wait, they will come :)
the lady is wearing a shirt the exact same dark blue/grey color as thats advertised on the glass wall.
if you had waited longer, i bet a woman with a red and white spotted coat would sit down on the other cushion to match the other advertisement!
fun photo, well spotted
Tue (27048) 2014-09-02 15:39
Excellent daily life photo, really well seen and captured. Good vertical composition that shows a nice bit of the design on display in the shop. Great inclusion of the woman too.
emka (74237) 2014-09-02 18:31
Hi Gert, new photo, so fast :). Fine street scene as always. When I was in Helsinki there were no such chairs haha. But I am just sitting in similar (but of course not with these letters) in a hostel in Perm. And I have no such funny trousers.
I haven't slept in the night but I will try to start sightseeing right now. Malgo
Nicou (117770) 2014-09-02 19:47
quelle compo cette dame assise devant la boutique sur ces sofa tout rond et qui lit les reflets dans les vitres de la boutique ces couleurs superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
wolf38 (30736) 2014-09-02 23:54
Hello Gert. What an original photo. The woman at the window is of course the real eye-catcher. I like the serious look, - and that they are not looking at the camera. Overall a great photo.
notrap (5623) 2014-09-03 3:03
funny to meet a pattern I use in my kitchen on your photo!
(The pattern of the seat to the right). And also funny we are hunting for the same subjects......have a look at my upload of today.
TopGeo (38192) 2014-09-03 9:40
Hello Gert An interesting scene of the city! Impressed composition and each point gives his own importance! The complexity and interconnectedness of all gives a whole something special! for the viewer to stay to see more than just a look! Also the colors and add a note!
kasianowak (5326) 2014-09-03 10:31
Another of your colour-coordinated "street designs" :-) It's black and white and red with a drop of honey...
How nice of this lady to understand that the camera is not going to harm her. People get questioned by the police for aiming their lenses at scenes like this in Britain.
fritzi007 (3335) 2014-09-03 13:35
great photo but here is this fashion chain (Marimekko clothing) yet!
Very good snapshot and information!
imageme (1591) 2014-09-04 5:50
Hi Gert, Nice observation. Vertical crop has shown good POV of this classy clothing shop. I like the colorful chairs which look like 2 flattened balloons with very nice designs on them. Great details and clarity with good colors and light. Best regards
Silvio1953 (117405) 2014-09-04 12:43
Ciao Gert, nice scene with lovely woman and beautiful shop, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
pajaran (49225) 2014-09-04 22:05
Dobro jutro ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i zena koja cita novine.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenuak.
Lepa prodavnica sa gadrerobom.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Good morning ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the place and the woman who reads the newspapers.
Good work, nice captured trenuak.
Beautiful store with gadrerobom.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
saxo042 (37032) 2014-09-04 22:33
En rolig bild med många fina detaljer och färger. Fin reklam för finskt mode. Köpte du någon Marimekko-skjorta? Själva är vi just nu i Schleswig-Holstein på en egen liten lillsemester.
Hälsningar från Dagebüll
rychem (20375) 2014-09-05 9:48
Great scene indeed, I have never seen such comfortable chairs in the front of a shop, nice idea to invite the people, very well captured
Cricri (102263) 2014-09-05 11:39
Cool la fille dans son "relax" lisant son journal, devant la vitrine de vêtements, intéressante scène de vie et présentation
nikkitta (13668) 2014-09-05 12:50
Plenty of color contrast and charming capture of the resting girl, for her concentrated position is quite obvious she has seen you and is not happy at all, know that kind of expression
Good composition leaving space at the front, another good street scene
Well done, regards
I inform you that Marimekko is , as far as I know, not present in Latin America, may be next step ( not in Argentina where expensive brands run away)
trevormoffiet (2700) 2014-09-06 2:54
En mycket färgstark bild som visar massor av detaljer. Flickan verkar mycket avsikt läsning. Det jag finner mest interetsing är flickornas byxor och hennes frisyr. En hippie kanske.
willperrett (6284) 2014-09-07 13:59
What an eye-catching amalgam of disparate visual elements. The human interest seems almost swamped by the strident advertising and graphic shapes all round her.
abmdsudi (40604) 2014-09-08 21:02
Riot of colours & ladies' affair which lend a splendid taste to the street shot and irresistible to the eye. Gook sneak around with lovely layout between the woman and the apparent props which contribute to vibrancy of the picture and extremely influencing the eye. It takes a good eye to see the shot & register. Nice street candid, Congrats.
jcpix (11954) 2014-09-10 19:16
I'm now really starting to see these kinds of scenes, in fact, I'm intentionally looking for them most times. Quite a lot to view and analyze here, which is really fun to figure out how it all comes together. Had you not mentioned in your note, we'd be none the wiser that she even acknowledged your presence, this looks completely candid, but well thought out. Good to back on TE, and I'm glad you enjoyed my new profile picture. :-) Looks like I have a few more to catch up on in your gallery as well. Have a great day.
annjackman (18303) 2014-09-12 9:23
These comfortable chairs seem a very good idea on the pavement. The colours in the shop window and the poster are lively and are nicely echoed in the chair. A super image.
Kind Regards, Ann
alvaraalto (5999) 2014-09-12 14:08
A marimekko-shop in Haarlem closed some time ago. I think not because of the quality of the design but I suppose by the financial crisis or/and the increasing selling by internet.
Looking at the name of the street I remember my first time traveling in Finland. We noticed that every place had a “kestkusta”. Later we understood that this was the centre of the town.
SnapRJW (29604) 2014-09-17 12:37
What a fine idea Gert. A soft seat after hours of pavement pounding and this young woman looks set for a long rest. A well observed street shot with lots to attract the eye. I especially like the way the colours work together - both those within and those without the shop.
Miguel82 (21284) 2014-09-20 14:39
There are not a lot of pictures of Finland on Te, interesting street report, a girl is reading a newspaper nearby a shop