Our last day in Corfu and we had time to kill before a late flight. Walked along this arcaded shopping area in the centre of town looking take some last shots. There was a poignancy in the contrast of the slow steps taken by this old man and the brisk pace of the young woman.But not only is youth fleet footed but the time between youthfulness and age is fleeting too.
NB Apologies again for not keeping up with your photos. Two weeks ago we had a fire in our kitchen and my mind has been on sorting things out, insurance claim etc.
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mesutilgim (94024) 2013-07-26 14:19
Interesting capture with great message !
TFS and best regards
tyro (24068) 2013-07-26 18:16
Oh, dear, how terribly sorry I am to learn of your dreadful kitchen fire - I hope that the damage was not too terrible and that you're managing to get things sorted out quickly.
This is a wonderful picture which, unfortunately, at my stage in life starts to have quite a poignant meaning - I can see approaching slowness (more so just now with the very recent deaths of two former colleagues who were the same age as myself) - and can so well identify with the man with two sticks following the lithe young girl along that passageway. Yes, I quite agree - the time between youthfulness and age is very, very fleeting.
A lovely photograph with fabulous lighting and lovely colours. Very well seen and very well captured too. The details and sharpness are excellent.
Royaldevon (37647) 2013-07-26 23:13
So sorry to hear about your fire.
It must have been very distressing!
I hope you have had no trouble with your insurance claim!
This photograph reaches the heart!
The symbolism is very meaningful!
The attempts to shorten the gap, growing ever wider, the desire to stay with youth, the desire to bathe in the sunshine ... oh, to throw away the sticks and be young again! The body language has been caught so well for comparison.
Good depth and nice textural details. There is a little oe in the distance but in the overall message it has little effect.
Have a great w/e,
AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-07-27 0:10
Heil, ładna kompozycja. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
holmertz (50782) 2013-07-27 4:14
I'm not sure what the blue thing is (a canvas?), but I like the way it frames the view of the two persons and the arcade. This being Greece, there could be several symbolic interpretations to this picture, like the old people crippled by lowered pensions, the young walking into an uncertain future, or we could just enjoy it as a nice composition. This being Greece there is of course also some anti-government graffiti on the wall.
Noel_Byrne (30167) 2013-07-27 7:35
I am sorry to hear of the fire, I hope it all works out as painlessly as possible.
Your vision in seeing this shot is superb, as your note the difference in speed and even posture of these people make a real contrast. The interesting thing though, is that regardless of age they are both heading into the same place, the bright light at the end of the tunnel. A poignant reminder to us all, and a very clever capture.
saxo042 (37794) 2013-07-27 9:35
It is very clear that this is the kind of picture you want to take, but only have just a part of a second to take it. Motives tend to disappear very quickly. But you managed to take this picture of contrasts and you also managed to include some blue frame which also looks very good. I read about your fire on FB but I couldn't really "like"....
abmdsudi (52487) 2013-07-27 9:56
Sorry to hear that, hope all is ok now.
Young and old - and an ion between, and differing types of energy but the two together tell a story. The young woman is many times faster ahead as compared to little steps behind but they get there just the same!! Your quick on the draw, well done on exploiting the opportunity one of those shots that keeps you looking...It's superbly composed, the juxtaposition works brilliantly and the main characters really stand out against the background. My favourite word is 'serendipity', the knack for making happy unexpected discoveries and an astute observation.
They have one common bond.... same destination.
Very well done street photography.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-27 10:43
wow, what a realisation... Presentation is superb. Light is good. I just like your thinking and view towards life. A good shot. Tfs.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-07-28 0:56
Hi Bev. Young woman and old man with walking sticks. An interesting photo. I see so many details. Good handling of light. The framing of the image by the blue fabric is absolutely succeeded. Even the word troika here has its meaning. Overall, a remarkable photo.
danos (96171) 2013-07-28 2:19
nice the view of the scene with the young girl and the old man to create en excellent contrast between the ages of the two persons.
I like the good light and colour management as the informative note about your theme.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
mehranjahangiri (347) 2013-08-02 2:15
I am so sorry for the bad news.
I wish you have a good chance, these days.
your photo is beautiful and meaningful as past.
macondo (19451) 2013-08-21 1:00
I'm glad I sought out your gallery again - I have been pretty quiet on TE this year. I do hope you have sorted out the kitchen fire situation. I'm glad to hear it wasn't worse. My own experience of insurance companies is that the problems really only start when you try to make a claim. They themselves seem to behave is if they are insured against claims made against them!
Anyway, I'm glad I found your excellent capture, in which the blue material/object makes a frame beyond which we seem almost to be peeking, perhaps prying. I wonder if the fellow on his crutches was revitalised by the sight of the young woman, thinking, 'Where there's a will...'. It's a poignant photo, really, with the trailing figure probably too close to my own age for comfort. The bright light is kept well in check and the reflection on the footpath adds something to the shot, too. Very well done.
annjackman (21813) 2013-08-22 8:58
I have just seen this so I hope the fire damage is now sorted - what a horrible thing to happen. I love this picture symbolising the age gap. The gaits are so very different for the young and old. You coped well with very difficult light.
Very well observed.
Kind Regards, Ann
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-08-22 19:51
What a poignant shot ~ nice capture, Bev.
At some point, she may be the one on crutches, watching another walk briskly past and into the sunlight.
And us? We are somewhere in between the two...
p.s. i'm not sure what the big blue thing is, but it does frame your characters, while adding a repeat for the blue.
mjw364 (838) 2013-09-24 0:53
How very true. I was such a healthy sporting young man and know I am a healthy older man awaiting an operation on my knee and I am sure I will look and feel like this chap here - only slightly younger and handsome in my own way!
Nice framing and depth - the positioning of the people to create the tension between the generations is just right.
CLODO (33864) 2013-11-04 2:33
it's a long time you post your last picture!
I discover this one, a candid one but with a real meaning youth and oldness are going in the same way but not the same speed!
mkamionka (35608) 2013-11-06 6:10
very funny street scene indeed. The older guy tries to keep up with the young girl. Very well captured under some sort of arcades in a good light. I would may be personally reamove the blue part.
Very well seen and captured,
macjake (66648) 2013-12-17 1:24
its hard NOT to look at this photo and think about your own status! where do we each fall into these categories, and one day we will become that man.
clever shot, i like how it makes us reflect.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-05-14 13:05
The gap of generations in one shot ! I like the framing, the two persons harmoniously placed in the pic, the perspective of arcades and the blue elemnt that helps to concentrate to the main subject.
jcpix (13908) 2014-06-29 15:01
This pretty much epitomizes contrast in the human form, yeah? I still have a long way to go, hopefully...but it doesn't seem that long ago I was much more agile, "Father Time" waits for no one!? You definitely made good use of your time, this really is a telling and well observed moment. Very smart composition and timing. let's just hope he's not yet walking "into the light" that we can see into the near distance. :) Sorry to hear about your kitchen, hopefully things are back to normal after this past year. Enjoy the new week. Take care.