One of the striking things about Ukraine is the great difference in eveyday life between the countryside and provincial towns on the one hand, and the major cities on the other. In most countries there is noticable difference in this respect, but in Ukraine it is particularly pronounced. Whilst small town Ukraine is like taking a trip back in time, Lviv is a city of chic cafes, has tight planning controls to maintain the completely unspoilt 18th/19th C city centre, and has all the cultural events taking place that you'd expect from any major central European city.
I particularly liked this cafe, which was part of a mordern art gallery, selling paintings, sculptures and a range of objet d'art. It was at the end of obscure street, off the tourist trail, and was definatley catering for local art lovers, rather than selling tourist tat.
I couldn't decide on the crop, I rather liked the doorway frame, and keeping as much of the buildings in the frame as possible, on the other hand, it leaves rather too much white space in the middle. Workshops welcome.
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elihesamian (26127) 2004-04-17 23:21
I like the prespective in this shot.It`s very lively shot.In fact you captured a lively atmosphere in daily life categories.The posture of all man & women are intresting.The composition may be seems simple,but I think it`s perfect:)
Ilike it.well done.
maciekda (19861) 2004-04-20 1:14
hi Richard, nice scene, i was in Lviv, your picture shows the mood of this old city really well i like the girl in the foreground looking at the scene, well seen.
but for me this white sky doesn't work, i'd compose this picture vertically, to avoid this sky... see my workshop - my version of this scene.
anyway, it is a nice picture, i like it
sita4ram (814) 2004-04-26 6:52
I love this shot. so much atmosphere in a simple street. great angle and composition.
its almost as if Im there, paying the bill, preparing to get up and walk that street...
Marcie (345) 2004-04-28 6:59
This is so moody. I really like the "natural" frame, that the part of the picture is used for that. The lady in the front makes the whole image very filmish. The foggy end of the street, the warm colours of the houses, the siluettes of typically shaped chairs... I can smell the coffee.
Isabelle (9044) 2004-05-23 21:07
lovely shot, Richard.
i like it in colors, but cropped like maciej did.
colors are subtle and the café looks nice at the end of the street.
thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Richard Gatward (RGatward) (20050)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-09-10
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Ixus 400
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Ukraine
- Theme(s): Terrasses de cafés, Sidewalk Cafés [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-17 13:23
- Favorites: 1 [view]