A little scene I noticed as I was hurrying through downtown Athens. It's in a side street leading to Panepistimiou Street, one of the main avenues of Athens, where I was supposed to have been already. In spite of my hurry, I couldn't resist, I slowed down, raised my camera carefully so that I don't get attention, hoped that the lady wouldn't look right or move for another second. I liked the backdrop and the association between the lady and the mannequin standing at the same spot.
There was some traffic of cars and people which luckily, in my opinion, was left out of the frame.
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mirosu (8086) 2013-10-17 0:13
I was a bit silent during past days (without Internet-lot of traveling); just yesterday I came back from my Kerala trip, and it was excellent. My silence is broken. I've already started post photos from this trip.
I like this photo, excellent, most creative composition. I like how you manage capturing the moment when the woman and the model pointing the face to same direction. Il looks like both are watching the same subject.
The light is excellent and the color contrast wonderful.
The vertical composition works very well here.
Well done. Wish you a very nice day.
CLODO (26414) 2013-10-17 0:35
I like the "symetry" of the gestures of the woman and dummy in the shop, which colors are enhanced by the black background.
ikeharel (43953) 2013-10-17 0:36
A fabulous moment collected when the woman was in "waiting-mode" on the street, while the dummy in the window was also on her "watch".
Excelent clear shot, with fine contrast, considering you were in a hurry, yet managed an unexpected scene - always those are the best shots.
Enjoy a marvelous day,
Noel_Byrne (13284) 2013-10-17 1:54
A true case of life imitating art imitating life :) I wonder is the woman mimicking the mannequin or the other way round? haha, remember that move Mannequin? Terrible film, but this scene reminds me of it. I like how you have presented this too, the exterior of the shop looks almost like a stage, and the contrast between the deep black color and the grey pavement with strong lines is really nicely done. Very well spotted on this unique shot.
All the best
jhm (127927) 2013-10-17 2:37
Two different models, the model as advertisement is skinny, the other lady completely normal.
I don't know why al the dolls are skinny and not the reality.
I shall as man that not understand.
Excellent captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (21006) 2013-10-17 3:06
hello, a nice moment captured here. Love the coaxial position of the lady and the mannequin. Great dramatic sense here. You showed it beautifully with a clear and sharp frame which is composed superbly. Excellent shot. Tfs.
tyro (15693) 2013-10-17 5:02
This is a delightful "candid" street shot which, despite the fact that you have obviously had to "grab" this picture quickly, is very well composed and very well taken indeed.
The contrast between the "normal" woman standing on the pavement and the elegantly dressed but rather skinny mannequin with crazy hair in the window is very striking and it is made even more impressive by the strong framing of the window by its black surround.
Excellent composition, perfect exposure and lovely light and colours with exquisite details and sharpness too.
Romano46 (11425) 2013-10-17 5:47
questa di oggi mi piace tanto per la bella scenetta che hai saputo riprendere con tanta arguzia.
A parte la composizione molto ben fatta nella foto si possono leggere molti significati, ma oltre a questo è bella anchye dal punto di vista estetico per come i due soggetti (la signora ed il manichino) appaiono incorniciati in uno sfondo dai particolari effetti grafici che fa da ottima cornice.
Complimenti per il colpo d'occhio e per la bella realizzazione.
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (45348) 2013-10-17 6:16
Lorsque l'on porte sa caméra , il faut toujours pouvoir s'en servir si le moment se présente, quitte à arriver en retard. Ici, cela valait la peine car la pose se ressemble entre le mannequin et la dame qui attend avec impatience.Les couleurs sont superbes.
Periko (1377) 2013-10-17 7:11
Fantasy and reality
holmertz (31248) 2013-10-17 9:10
How lucky you still managed to observe this although you were in such a hurry. This is a brilliant shot resulting from a combination of sheer luck and careful planning. It is very much in the style of a German friend of ours. It's not just the amusing juxtaposition of the two figures that makes this such a fine photo, but also the neatness of the unusually designed wall.
Very well done.
Energysavingelk (727) 2013-10-17 10:13
this is a great document showing us the difference between a model with a Twiggy shape of size 36 or similar (only the elder ones among us will remember that girl) and the shape and proportions of a woman (and many will say: as she should be).
The surroundings are almost graphical, the whole thing looks as if a photo of a woman had been copied into a drawing. Well seen, and well done!
mesutilgim (72944) 2013-10-17 11:42
Well observed and captured. Nice compo with a real and unreal mannequine !
TFS and best regards
PS.You have given as city "Arhens" ! I think it was a typing error and should be Athens.
ciakgiak (30379) 2013-10-17 12:16
grandissima!!! Queste sono le foto che tanto amo!
Bella l'analogia tra la donna e il manichino... complimenti!!
saxo042 (33900) 2013-10-17 12:26
I like these kind of street captures with a "real" person in combination with an "unreal". I guess you had to wait to get the perfect motive walking into place here. Nevertheless, a very good picture of daily life!
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-17 14:00
What a fabulous foto! The stark flat graphics on the facade contrast nicely with the downhill-running stone of the sidewalk, and the woman is a fine counterpoint to the mannequin! For an "instant composition," shot as you walked -- and at 1/30 of a second! -- it is a brilliant study of modern fashion and a technical accomplishment to be so sharp! Well done!
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-17 20:36
Street candid, I read your ideas, but the compo doesn't work for me, the woman is dead centre and partly obscuring the other important performer at the same time. Changing of viewpoint and timing may work to your favour. Excellent attempt nevertheless, tfs
fabbs99 (11066) 2013-10-17 21:07
Superb shot with nice colors and sharpness.The colours and patterns look great.Nice composition with good light. Well done.TFS.
mcmtanyel (5197) 2013-10-17 21:19
I agree with you that the color combinations are outstanding here. Red and white (now which Turk in his right mind would not be attracted to red & white?), red and black (a most pleasant color combination of ancient Greek urns), black and white (although I am not a Beşiktaşlı, my son's soccer team LC United has B&W for their team colors), beige and black (Grecian urns, again?).
An altogether tasteful photo, TFS.
Kugart (1770) 2013-10-18 9:13
Hi Ourania ,
You were very fortunate to capture the lady waiting outside the shop window directly below the manikin. The nice thing about it is that she is completely unaware that she is making herself the subject for an intriguing shot. The black backdrop of the shop display is the perfect acompliment for the colours here. Very well done.
serp2000 (33067) 2013-10-18 9:44
Oh, so amazing daily life scene from the streets of Athens. Good title and informative note. Outstanding composition and superb color combination. TFS!
Best wishes from cold rainy ural,
ChrisJ (91238) 2013-10-18 10:55
I think I would prefer the real life, no nonsense, down to earth woman in the fg, rather than the glamorous, plastic bimbo in the store window! Even if she were real, she probably would be spoilt and have expensive tastes. But women like to dream. Good catch of the juxtaposed females. Tfs!
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-19 1:25
What an excellent shot! I love this! Your title too hints at the many possible interpretations of what she is standing at the threshold of - it speaks so strongly about gendered identities and the who we might become if we cross the threshold. Of course the socially constructed version of femininity standing across the threshold entices but is only one of many possible selves available to the woman. This picture is so ripe for many interpretations and is thought provoking. I really love it. Excellent.
krzychu30 (12619) 2013-10-19 23:54
excellently spotted scene from Athens street.Just like you I couldn´t resist this eye-catching shop facade(makes here really magnificent backdrop for the woman).Despite being in a hurry,you knew exactly how the scene should look like and you executed it perfectly.I like this kind of photography(Athens is really a great city for it)and your approach to it is superb!
Have a nice sunday
Cricri (92123) 2013-10-20 1:56
Bonne prise de la dame avec la même position que le mannequin, qui une semble attendre quelqu'un et le mannequin l'acheteur :-)
bien vu et réaliser
Silvio1953 (105427) 2013-10-25 0:56
Ciao Ourania, bella composizione con donna e manichino in posa statica, graziosa la decorazione del, negozio, ottima nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio