Peter took me to this pub in Toronto, where we gossiped on photography, philosophy and life. While we talked I fired off a few frames without looking through the finder. This is one of the three frames. Another one is in workshop.
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gaudi-spirit (187) 2005-06-03 13:15
I like very much this beautifull b&w pic. The atmosphere of the pub with this lonely charactere is interresting.
inisheer (317) 2005-06-03 13:21
Nice composition, the b&w suits well to such a subject.
It's a pitty the sitting man is dead centre. In result there is too much empty space on the left. Maybe a square format would solve this.
Furachan (0) 2005-06-04 5:39
Hello Animesh, love this compo, the film nor mood, the fact that America is THE LONELIEST place in the world (including Canada), know what I mean? The mood is soooo thick, great BW tones and I love this bearded guy behind the bar, hogging the phone while the customer contemplates what....suicide perhaps?
ps. I am treating more or less the same theme but in a ritzy Shanghai hotel today, if you care to look... Cheers, Francis
nerve (10231) 2005-06-04 10:49
Nice one Animesh,
you give me a very sad atmosphere here with this solitary guy! Great mood you caught here,
so you didnt look at the viewfinder? amazing!
Great composition here really (any crop?)
(WS is OK; but this one is great..)
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-06-04 17:57
I was wondering how this is going to turn out, looks like part of my arm/shoulder is in the frame, thankfully you didn't include my melon, this would ruin the picture;-)
I think the image has turned out as I expected, I remember chatting with you about this scenery, recall mentioning that I understand why you find it interesting.
Amazing how many good photos you have to show for such a short trip. You have fantastic eye my friend.
Midnight_sun (1941) 2005-06-05 11:23
Did you think about isolating the drinker to get more of a Nighthawks (Hooper) feel to this. I'm not sure the guy on the phone works here. Lovely BW tones and grain. Moody.
mikee (2354) 2005-12-21 18:01
Nice b&w shot and the noise works great. It renders well the dull mood from inside that pub. You captured a great daily life moment here; none of them seem to be aware of the fact that they're being photographed. For some reason I like this kind of places. I like your note; short, but makes me wanna head for a pub like that right now. Great job.
russte (0) 2006-05-02 17:34
Animesh, I do like this photo. One can almost share the solitude of the lone customer at bar. But it's just a little too clinical. He needs to be surrounded by a lot of empty glasses, the memories of an evening gone before. As it is, he could be the first guy in the bar that evening. But a nice photo. Stephen
greenzooey (0) 2006-11-07 21:41
Dear AnimeshRay, I love that you were not looking through the finder. I am my own muse and hold my camera at arms length to shoot myself for my own amatuer photos. It is amazing what you can do without trying sometimes. That is pure. I sat for five years like the man sitting at the bar. I have been sober one month, one week, and a few days. Photos like this one are the reason I love black and white. Just as Black and White is "old", so is being lonesome and drunk. Lonely Alcoholics everywhere salute you. Love that the bartender is on the phone not talking to the patron. He leans away from the patron on the bar. the elbow is level with the head and almost points, like an arrow, to our central character, the lonesome patron. The patron is sitting in the "well", as close to the tap as possible, and that says so much. The title is fantastic. The mirror on the wall shows almost no reflection as if to say again: "there is little to see here". I like the noise because it insinuates blurred vision, or drunken vision, but I would like to see the clock on the wall more. By "noise" people mean "focus"? Anyway, that's what I mean. I'm an amatuer. The "don't mess w/ Texas" T-shirt is a distraction. I'd white it out. Then again, it makes me think of President Bush and in my own small mind gives birth to the idea that Bush doesn't listen to his patrons, but to whomever is on the phone that we do not know about. (i.e. big oil campaign contributors) I found your picture through google image search. You are the reason I joined this website. I had to say how much I love this photo. Browsed your others. Will comment more. You have a good blind eye. Incidentally, I'd have called it, "the lonesome patron". Is the "Leica" the spy camera from the cold war era? May I use your photo in the heading of a poem on my blog? Greenzooey@yahoo.com