Theres always that split second when you photograph somebody on the street, they make eye contact with you, and you think to yourself that maybe you've just pushed this street photography thing a little too far. With these two staring right down my glass and meeting my eye through the viewfinder, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried for the same amount of time that my shutter took to take this image.
Nicoz who I met on the day and wandered the streets with, would have taken this shot at roughly the same time as I took mine.
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hickthom (358) 2007-02-20 14:04
Very engaging picture, congratulations!
tcht (7565) 2007-02-20 14:09
amazing portrait here...superbly and naturally framed. Also excellent eye-contact and I like the shiny details of his hat. very well taken. perhaps right hand side slightly distracting but only a tiny tiny bit. good work.
Galeota (10338) 2007-02-20 14:42
Really a pitty that the right hand side and a part of the bottom are so messy. I love the scene, the way it is composed and the perceptible unique instant where eye contact is established between them and you. Even though it doesn't solve the problem on the right side, I'm posting you a workshop with a crop that imo improves a bit the lecture of the scene. Very good photograph anyway.
ptibelo (3379) 2007-02-20 16:53
Bien fait et très expressif le regard..belle réalisation.
quillo (11850) 2007-02-20 16:56
Hi Brendan, I like the spontaneity of the shot and the result that seems to me interesting. It is a photo in B/W with good contrasts and an exquisite definition.
A greeting from Spain.
Dpbours (222) 2007-02-20 23:28
Nice picture, good focus, good contrast. I can almost feel what you describe when looking at this picture. These days, police does seem a bit anxious to have a picture taken, because you don't know anymore what it might be used for.
I once, by accident, got an army commander in a picture in Sudan. God, that made me incredibly nervous... He could laugh about my nervousness...
delnaja (2054) 2007-02-21 3:24
I like how you isolate the policeman with his eyes looking at us. For me there is nothing to change in this photo. A good one again.
nicoz (1979) 2007-02-21 5:09
So you carry on with you bobby-fetichism ;-) The instant you captured is brilliant! I Think that Gal's crop works pretty well.
I know where you're coming from when you say you were a bit worried. Anyway, there was about 600 people between them and you ;-)
neruda (4626) 2007-02-21 11:02
Very nice decisive moment shoting.
Sahrpness and BW conversion very good.
But compositionaly .... hımmm big mass at the right side , ı dont like.
But overall good job..
KevRyan (22952) 2007-02-21 16:33
I like this one Brendan - just haven't had time to comment yet - the contact with your lens is perfect and so strong I think it's one of those images where it wouldn't matter so much where the main protagonist is.....but nicely caught between the crowd.....nicely toned...I'm sure you could play with this composition any which way but in the end that policeman's gaze in your direction would dominate it really well.
SamB (1948) 2007-02-21 21:52
Very nice work here, i always like this kind of piece from you... a huge anonymous crowd with one or two faces in tack-sharp focus and some sort of contrast setting them apart--here the dark ring around the light face formed by the bokeh and hat. i'm going to go against the general voice of the crowd and say that i like the composition as it is... if you take away from the right side i feel that it oversimplifies the scene a little bit too much... the disorder of the right prevents this from being a nice, clean, technically by-the-book picture... that would fail to engage me as much as this, i'm afraid.
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-02-22 5:06
Hi Brendan GREAT IMAGE!!!
the face of the subject comes out from the people immediately!!
great expression and great use of the DOF!
designsoul (21492) 2007-02-22 8:32
Excellent, Brendan! The gaze of the policeman, I should say policemen, are marvellously isolated in this whirling crowd in front of Selfridges(?:-). Love your positioning and the utter control you have here. Fabulous bw, my hat is off to you, again...
take care and hello to our friend Mike!
peter1892 (1681) 2007-02-22 17:44
Hi Brendan - brilliantly timed. The techincal side is good, DOF, focus etc. but what I really like is the idea that the cops are looking right at you here. I can certainly understand your comments in the notes about being just a little bit worried at this moment.
I worry that London is going to spoil you in terms of street photgraphy ahead of your time in Dublin! ;) No doubt Paris is on your list too, Barcelona is another great city where I think you'll find a lot of great subjects.
Furachan (0) 2007-02-23 9:26
Bloody hell, Brendan, it took me about 3 seconds to "get it"...I'm getting old ;o) Funny, stinging, plus a pretty damn good shot on top of it.
prantik (1136) 2007-03-05 8:20
I love this one a lot Brendan. Besides the fact that it is a great shot on its own, I like the similarity between his expression and the woman's expression in my today's post as they both look directly at the camera.
dolin (15647) 2007-03-20 15:46
The glance of this policeman, on the center of the pic....all the people around...the PERFECT b/w....excellent mood, very very good shot !
I really like this photo. The spontaneity of the shot is excellent.
stiginthedump (1823) 2007-07-20 9:16
I want to give you an extra two points just for the Title! I can imagine a few scenarios where the name might come in handy! As for the photo i like his curious stare directed at you, but he's too dam busy to do anythin about it!
- Copyright: Brendan Head (vapours) (8264)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-02-18
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Chinese New Year - London 2007 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 13:57