Many of you will know the work of Martin Parr. Opinions on his work vary greatly, and there was some opposition to his joining Magnum, as it was suggested that his images were not sufficiently reportage.
"Magnum photographers were meant to go out as a crusade ... to places like famine and war and ... I went out and went round the corner to the local supermarket because this to me is the front line." (Martin Parr)
Some feel that his work lacks compassion, and is even mocking his subjects, often lonely, abstracted people in tawdry, often seaside, locations. He has been called cynical, voyeuristic, exploitative. I'm ambivalent; but I like observational photography (I'm not much good at it), but when I saw this couple, I knew it was "Parr-esque". The tatty park - Platia Leonidou Vlachou in Kerkyra - the garish colour (Parr habitually uses heavy saturation) and the disconnection between them, all felt like a homage to Mr. Parr. Yes, they were "together"! I've included a Parr image as a Workshop for those who don't know his work.
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CLODO (30842) 2012-11-21 2:25
Maybe I am the only TE member big fan of this photograph, and your picture deserves it. They are in their own world, ignoring the other, thinking of their past lives. Like a lot!
bj40 (6) 2012-11-21 2:31
Hi Will, Like the image well seen and taken ,informative and detailed notes.Thanks Tom.
holmertz (42835) 2012-11-21 2:35
I like this photo and your thoughts about it. It's a kind of picture that could set one´s imagination going, a view to spin a story from. The colours and the symmetry of the composition are very good.
wolf38 (31282) 2012-11-21 2:50
Hi Will. What a nice snapshot. Everyone enjoys the sunny day in their own way. I like the balanced composition. The Magnum photographer Martin Parr, I also like, because he is so communicative and open to experimentation.
marabu61 (8931) 2012-11-22 10:36
Hihi..., married for to long time these two?
a funny picture with a twist that made me smile instantly.
Reflecting on your note, people watching is on of the funniest pastimes and capturing it with your camera is never easy. As you said, one is quickle put in the boyeuristic corner.
have a good time
tyro (20992) 2012-11-22 12:11
A fine photograph from Corfu - but these are not Corfotians - these people can only be British - they couldn't possibly be from any other country! And, indeed, a picture very much in the style of Martin Parr.
You have captured this without the knowledge of this aloof couple - except, perhaps, for the possible sideways glance of the man - extremely well and, even although the picture must have been taken in haste, you have caught it with perfect exposure, fine light, lovely colours and excellent details and sharpness.
mesutilgim (86748) 2012-11-23 12:14
Amazing capture ! Being married now since 45 years I know this scenery very well !
Perfect observed and captured.
TFS and have a nice weekend
fabbs99 (16783) 2012-11-23 20:39
Wow! What a Shot.Fit to be immortalised within a wooden frame.Very nice saturated colors and perfect sharpness.Nice colorful details and very pleasantly shown.Great POV and good composition.TFS.
annjackman (20283) 2012-11-23 23:51
An interesting note regarding Martin Parr and yes I can see why you thought of him when you took this. Although the two people are back to back and close together they actually give the impression of being very alone. A bit like being on public transport - we seem to retain a feeling of personal space even when crowded.
The vivid colours of the lady's blouse makes her stand put more than the man from the BG.
An interesting post and thanks for sharing.
Best wishes, Ann
Ber (8233) 2013-02-07 13:17
Perfect observed and captured.The colours and the symmetry of the composition are very good.
SnapRJW (31617) 2015-01-12 7:34
Hello Will - This type of shot always makes me feel slightly voyeuristic and uncomfortable. That's not to say I don't appreciate the tension that it gives life to. Like Diane Arbus' work, when viewing it I feel both compelled and repulsed. Parr's work evokes similar 'feelings'.
Somehow your observation seems clinical but is packed with tension. Well done!
Warmest wished for 2015.
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (7442)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): couples, Thoughts about potography, Will's street snaps [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-21 1:36