I came across this contemporary Norman Rockwell scene yesterday afternoon in downtown Asheville. The little girl with the violin, who is playing "Amazing Grace," couldn't see the guy in uniform, leaning on the backside of Asheville's iconic flat iron sculpture, looking lost in thought, as he listened to her play. What a moment to stumble across!
An added bonus (which I didn't see until later) was the distant image of another guy (on the left) whose body language mirrors the uniformed guy in the foreground.
The musicians are in the sunlight, the guy in the uniform is in the shadows ~ what does that mean? Who knows, just fun to play around with that idea. Perhaps he is a just a memory himself...
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rigoletto (34279) 2013-06-17 5:49
well, no offence for the actors and actresses in your photo (and i guess the young soldier is enjoying that strings duo), but my preceptions nowadays make me read this photo as "despotism applying hot pressure on youth" (i imagine it 90 degrees rotated clockwise). your discovery of the mirrored body languages amazes me too.
howladersourav (341) 2013-06-17 5:56
It is an interesting frame of daily life. Are they collecting donation for any cause? There is a drama into it.
Thank you for sharing.
Let us share our world to each other.
Oceania (5202) 2013-06-17 6:05
This picture is very fresh (was taken yesterday). I know Asheville is where Biltmore Estate located. But town itself is also very charming.
EstudioChispa (2174) 2013-06-17 6:27
This shot has a great linear circuitousness -- I start with my attention drawn to the musicians in the sun; my eye goes next to the soldier, who is so static compared to the musicians that he seems he could be part of the sculpture; then into the background (the soldier's background?) to see the figure leaning against the storefront. My eye then reverses its course and what has been an investigation turns into a narrative, and the iron sculpture literally envelopes the character -- idle youth, enlistment, confinement, and regret, with an epilogue/coda of lamentation...
Funny thing about art -- what the viewer gets from it depends on what s/he brings to it, yes? So I admit I bring my own baggage to this image. I would like to get some joy from this story, but the soldier's pensive pose and the attitudes of the musicians (the violinist is turned away from us, the cellist's gaze is downcast) says this is not a happy ending.
But it IS a great foto!
williewhistler (16308) 2013-06-17 6:38
Hello Kristin,you can read into this scene whatever you like.
A first class street scene with each important element in just the right place,very fine photography.
mehranjahangiri (347) 2013-06-17 7:37
You're a good social image photographer.
The picture is full of meaning.
Art you created it.
holmertz (50766) 2013-06-18 1:42
This is the kind of street scene I wold love to stumble across myself. Even the "monument" is interesting. You captured this well.
freakywindow (233) 2013-06-18 11:34
Brilliant composition, perfect light and shadow and excellent colors
sdnpicz (195) 2013-07-26 20:18
Very artistic and poetic capture.
The overall compositon is excellent.
What a great combination of musicians, one is kid another grownup with small and big violins respectively. A harmony.
can bring out and idea from the picture as thye side on which musicians are is green, shining under sun signifying the world of art and music is more happening and charming. On the other side the man in uniform looks into deep thought (let assume not because of music) and is in shadow not in bright light.
And that big black iron dividing these.
Thanks for sharing. Congrats.
Have a great day ahead.
- Copyright: kristin fellows (KristinsCamera) (2373)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): street scenes from Asheville [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-17 5:27