I was wandering aimlessly around the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton and not far from the Opera House, with some TE friends when I spied these two rather odd gentlemen who appeared to be having a conversation. Or, at least, the guy on the right appeared to be talking quite loudly and passionately while the chap on the left seemed intent on reading his newspaper and totally ignoring him. I managed to get a couple of quick shots before I was "clocked" by the verbose man on the right who then looked at me very disapprovingly and walked away. How very strange.
For those interested, the tree on the left had required felling but the local council had taken the opportunity of having a wood carver transform the sizeable stump into a twelve foot carving consisting of images of British wildlife in its upper part and, in its lower part, scenes depicting the heritage and history of Buxton. You can read about that here and the local wood carver was Andrew Frost.
You can see a larger version of this picture on "beta" TE here.
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holmertz (48856) 2014-06-24 7:49
Does it come as a surprise that I like this photo and would have taken something similar, given the opportunity? I like the interaction - or rather lack of - between the two men and the left guy's very expressive neglect. You were lucky to have such a fine and interesting background and such nice weather with excellent light and colours.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-24 8:05
This is a brilliant observational shot John and one that makes me smile. I think you could start a 'caption competition' with this one. It looks like a scene from a British comedy. I think the fact that the 'speaking man' towers over the 'newspaper man' adds enormously to the scene.
Excellently managed and a super presentation.
mjw364 (432) 2014-06-24 11:18
I remember these two characters. I too took a few shots and got "clocked" by the tall guy though I haven't had a chance to look at mine yet to see if they are any good. I doubt they will be as good as your shot here, which has a nice compositional balance to it. A sneaky street shot a la Claude!
emka (91492) 2014-06-24 11:39
Hi John, Funny scene, from what you write, it reminds me my tlaks to my husband, I am talking and he rather ignores it:). Funny how the talking guy looks from above. Amusing observation, excellently captured.
What a splendid idea convert old tree in a work of art. But what about bark beetles?
Warm regrads MAlgo
willperrett (9401) 2014-06-24 12:37
I really like this shot: a funny and even touching moment caught. I wonder how it would look in b/w... Sorry I haven't been critiquing recently, as I've been away sailing again. Now back to the TE grindstone!
Noel_Byrne (29123) 2014-06-24 12:46
I can't help but feel the man on the right is actually talking to the tree, but facing the wrong way, certainly the wooden carvings seem more interested in his words than the guy with the paper! A very unusual scene, but an amusing one too, especially when seen with your note. I love the work on the tree and the conversation is just, well, odd :)
Nice moment to capture.
Silvio1953 (136585) 2014-06-24 12:52
Ciao John, nice scene, lovely composition with fantastic tree, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (43445) 2014-06-24 14:54
questa chiacchierata è un'ottima scusa per gustare questa foto, la luce è sicuramente l'elemento che contraddistingue questa immagine.
Le foglie dell'albero sono meravigliose, ma trovo molto bella anche la scultura sul tronco.
jjcordier (79295) 2014-06-24 23:37
Excellente photo de cette étonnante non-conversation entre ces deux hommes.La lumière est belle et la qualité de l'image superbe.
CLODO (33418) 2014-06-25 0:33
You owe me some royalties for the theme "street photography" I had choosen for this meeting, and also for the picture (see WS). I like the situation as you describe it, the carved tree and also notice that the newspaper is a good reflector for the man's face.
All the best
ourania (41132) 2014-06-25 2:30
a very interesting and enjoyable picture, it must be unique for its timing, composition and unrepeatable moment (unless the gentlemen have the daily habit of a conversation at this spot). I like very much the different styles and attitudes and the way they complement each other. I also like the unexpected dynamism introduced by the carved tree, it looks like either photobombing or eavesdropping:) The light and the colours are marvellous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-25 5:00
perhaps they were discussing England's chances of lifting the World Cup, hence the stance and lack of distinct emotion here. It is a wonderful piece of human interface that really is a shot for a caption competition. A slice of life captured in a moment and so candidly. The tree looks amazing by the way!
macjake (64590) 2014-06-25 5:35
this is a comical photo!
does the man on the left even KNOW there's a man standing on the right? haha
It actually looks like he's standing alone, totally oblivious to whats going on around him :)
because of the way its composed, I feel as if i'm standing close by as well - its one of those photos that has that "I'm here too" feeling.
the lighting is A+, especially up on the tree branches above the two men.
super shot, really like it
Glint (6171) 2014-06-25 15:53
reading some of your other critiques I have to agree that this has something of the comic sketch about it. And like Gert, it is one I would have liked to have taken given the chance. In a way you've got two shots for the price of one, so to speak. One of these two characters and another of the carved tree. Both interesting but for different reasons. I always think a photo is good when it encourages one to imagine the story behind it. This one does just that, what on earth was going on between these two?
Nicou (136032) 2014-06-26 19:41
Quel duo devant cet arbre sans écorce l'un lit le journal l'autre écoute sueprbe éclirage et scène.
Bravo et amitié
delpeoples (56722) 2014-07-02 4:22
Ciao caro Giovanni
heheheh what a great scene you capture, not just for its unusual characters, but also the attractive tree sculpture in the BG. The 2 blokes remind me of my dad and his old mates when they meet up. They just shout at each other, not hearing one another, because they're either deaf or senile or both :) 'Love your note too. What strange units we meet in parks :)
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (23586)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-03
- Categories: Nature, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-24 7:33