As I passed by the Crown Fountain in Millenium Park in Chicago, this kid just sat like this for a long time. In fact, I was there for at least 10 minutes; he was there before I got there and was there when I left. He had found "the zone"--that time when the mind shuts all out except for the experience at hand.
See some of the notes below from commenters; they have good ideas as to why this boy would do this. I can think to my own life and times when I've abandoned all outside stimuli for just one sensation.
Millenium Park is a wonderful place to explore. The Crown Fountain, here pictured, not only has falling water, but also has huge faces on video behind the water that are quite stunning at night.
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danielswalsh (13599) 2005-09-14 0:21
Interesting shot David;
It looks like it's pretty heavy water. I couldn't imagine sitting under the pounding water for that long.
You captured a good angle with the digonal line broker by the kid sitting there.
I wonder what the shot would have looked like with a long exposure... hmmmm
greg64g (11193) 2005-09-14 0:28
Superb picture, very good shot, with the "artificial rain", the light on the man is very good.
Cormac (26563) 2005-09-14 0:49
Hi David - what an interesting shot! I like the frozen action of the scene, with the boy surrounded by the crashing water all around. It's a very striking image, with a lot of action. Well done!
manatee (4668) 2005-09-14 1:11
Exelente picture, is so drammatic, like your work, I'm seen other pictures from you, wonderful.I was in Univ. of Uthan las year looking a PhD there, nice place, and nice picture I like your work.
bucari (391) 2005-09-14 1:41
good lighting & dof. interesting subject & background especially the water droplets. this is one classic example of "chance shot" where it is always advised to bring along ur camera for u may not know what u will run into.
alekpet (4663) 2005-09-14 1:57
Beautiful color, I really thought it was raining in Chicago and this is some homeless. It would have probably stay like that for me if not the wonderful note you wrote.
Bien (4745) 2005-09-14 1:59
Honestly, I sometimes wish I could do this as well, let it 'rain' on me for ever and feel that sensation. I very much like how you captured the moment with a lot of movement and emotion and great sharpness and details. Although I hope that this lonely soul had some dry clothes to put on and a warm home to return to. Thank you for sharing! Sabine
Marche (4307) 2005-09-14 2:21
Quelle interessante capture. Ce garçon avait sans doute besoin de rafraichir les idées pour se mettre sous cette cascade.
Superbe composition, le fracas de l'eau est superbement rendu, bon contraste.
MiguelP (14470) 2005-09-14 2:29
Very interesting photo David, colours have a kind of pictorical texture that I like. At the same time is very courious the mix of the standing position of the man confronting with the dynnamic mouvement of the water, the combination of both creates in me aand effect of joy of live that get increased by the fact he´s not showing the face, what allows me to feel more like I could be he. Take care.
speedyturtle (115) 2005-09-14 3:29
Great shot and great note. The shot intrigued me and put many questions into my head, your note answered them and developed the story further. A great combination. Makes me think back on the times as a kid when you come across a new experience or sensation and really enjoy it, oblivious to what other people think.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-09-14 3:39
what a curious way to take a shower ! ;-)
A big solitude impression, strange feeling because we don't see his face...
Thank's for sharing this unusual shot.
LeToun (0) 2005-09-14 3:42
On se demande bien ce que ce garcon fait ici aussi longtemps !
Le bleu du T-shirt qui sort des couleurs ternes et cette sensation que le garcon est accablé par cette eau qui lui tombe dessus donne un côté très dramatique.
beau cliché !
nwoehnl (122) 2005-09-14 4:08
Hi David. Wow, ten minutes is a long time to be in the fountain in this position, definitely something with "the zone" going on here. Good diagonal frame in which the black pattern of the wall makes a good non-intrusive background to make the main subject stand out well. Also the downpour of water registers ideally versus the dark background.
Haymotion (2753) 2005-09-14 5:22
Impressionant cette eau qui frappe le sol!!
Very nice shot
lara (915) 2005-09-14 5:34
Very nice picture!
I like his blue wet teeshirt and how he protects his head with his hands.
Do you think he was laughing or crying?
tulipan7 (780) 2005-09-14 5:53
I opened your photo, closed it, opened it again and kept coming back to check it every once in a while - I was definitely drawn to something in it. Maybe it's loneliness, abandonment, his retreat from the rest of the world - I don't know but I've been staring at your photo pretty much most of the day! Without your note it probably wouldn't have the same effect but I was wondering what kept that boy under such a strong downpour of water that looked like hail around his feet for such a long time. He used the hands to protect his head so I suppose he wasn't enjoying it but there he was anyway.
As for the picture, maybe I'd crop it on the right side to where the fountain ends but it's irrelevant - the strength of your photo is not in its technical aspects.
kaud (1840) 2005-09-14 6:01
Great moment David!
A good way to take shower.
And he sat so beautifully to be a big shot for you.
chaity (1539) 2005-09-14 6:01
Hai David, a very nice capture of this scene. I was wondering why the boy is sitting there for sometime ?
aferrao (1145) 2005-09-14 8:53
It is in fact strange that he stads in there fir such a long time. He could be just refreshing himself but if it was so he would't have covered his face.
Anyway, the photo is very good, with a nice composition and that sense of movement in the water.
Very well done!
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-09-14 11:28
Whatever happened in the mind of the boy,
it was a special moment for shure and you put it into a great composition.I like the strong diagonal and the magic lightmood.
rhizomes (15343) 2005-09-14 14:41
It's a really great picture you propose here !
You captured well this experience of feeling without thinking...
feather (51130) 2005-09-14 17:11
It makes me feel sad. In my head I see it was taken in August and probably it was baking hot. But it looks cold; the water at his feet looks like snow. He looks afraid and is hiding from someone/thing.
You have captured it with good lighting and I see a reflection in the tiles.
It's certainly got us all thinking
Stepan (27210) 2005-09-14 17:29
I can'it guess what the guy is doing, but I'm sure the picture is really good !
A mysterious and humide composition.
Thanks for sharing.
ajcsousa (1804) 2005-09-14 17:38
Very nice shot. Good composition and POV. Great colors, light and details. Well done
P.S. Don't worry when he left, he had for sure a refreshed mind ;)
alvaraalto (6177) 2005-09-14 18:05
I like this kind of pictures which gives you the opportunity to fantasise about what it shows. You can understand the scene but you wonder why. But this picture is more for the scene is unexpected and the composition is lovely.
kensimage (8565) 2005-09-14 18:27
Very interesting observations about "the zone", David, and you've got a good illustration of it here. It's nice how the boy is the only color in the image.
I don't think that as pure photography this one is on a par with most of your others--no special light, special POV, etc., more a well-composed snapshot. But together with the note it's very interesting, and that's what counts on TE! Regards, Ken.
oochappan (16355) 2005-09-14 22:12
Hi David, I was tempted to go to the Blue Mountains but seeing this is a nice surprise, a very expressive subject speaking to our imagination and your note is a pleasant guideline but most the way you put this on the screen is simply perfect with the diagonal perpspective, well exposed and good speed, an excellent capture.
sarju (5324) 2005-09-14 23:54
again very nice composition but for some reason I find something missing in this photo .... maybe it is not gloomy enough for me or maybe I would have liked a tighter crop or a bit of a lower POV ... but than it is just my preference when I look at this beutiful shot posted by you
tfs ... cheers .... sarju
PS: Impressive capture, very well seen
quantabeh (5205) 2005-09-15 0:40
this is really an amazing photo. It gives nothing but sheer pleasure and happiness because I perceive the mood as happy. It's really another fine work, David. Really congrats.
faubry (35405) 2005-09-15 4:29
very amazing shot, good composition, do you have receive water on your objectif? well done
Paolo (41222) 2005-09-15 4:50
Hi David...fantastic picture!!!
maybe he found a fresh "zone" where the hot August of Chicago was more supportable?!
Galmeida (12559) 2005-09-15 5:07
Sorry for my near four weeks delay in critiques and posts to TE members, but life is life. Interesting capture in a nice angle of view and perspective for composition. A refreshing picture for a hot summer day. The water droplets are very well captured, the position of the boy is a must and the sharpness is splendid.
Very well done and composed.
PLD_images (7149) 2005-09-15 7:40
I like this interesting shot. This shower does not seem to be pleasant, but he does seem to be in the zone as you have mentionned. It always great to find an activity that takes us in the zone.
Very well done light and sharpness in the photo.
cmartos (242) 2005-09-15 11:05
Hi David. Well, 10 minutes...at least, that's quite long in that position. In a sense, it might be a way of being immersed in an outside reality. Diving deep into thoughts, or simply diving into deep thoughts. Also a way of being separated from the environmental noise.
A good diagonal compo, but I would have placed him almost in the upper right corner, to reinforce the diving into thoughts perception and to increase the importance of the wall. On the other hand, the blue spot in the middle of so much white and grey is quite powerful. A very good and interesting shot.
robiuk (10807) 2005-09-16 12:28
there's so much noise & energy in this dynamic shot and at the same time it seems like the boy actaully enjoys it squatting still.
Lovely light on him. Very interesting!
cloverstar (0) 2005-09-16 20:25
This is a very exciting scene. The joys of childhood in it's fullest. Amazing how clear the water drops are. Well done.
ngythanh (8582) 2005-09-17 20:39
Opening your picture today, I exclaimed, Oh, no!
Not because the boy is in the rain. That's his enjoyment. I better leave him alone.
No because you were able to capture such a photo in terribe condition. I was combat-photographer and our chances for luck or unluck were fifty/fifty while your chance to lose in front of this picture is less, or maybe none.
No mostly, you peeled off my youth when I must expose myself under tropical monsoon to sell produce grown by my parent, or during my school-years when I often hid myself under a business front-door to protect my notebooks from getting wet because I haven't been able to afford a raincoat...
Your photo is a mirror for me to look back my past and review the recent actions or sins...
Thanks for letting me have a good day.
bullybeef53 (3363) 2005-09-18 12:46
Your note is excellent . It puts everything into perspective . The color , designed in the background , and water is incredible.jim
santhosh_ermal (122) 2005-09-18 19:00
It is great pleasure for me to see this fantastic photography.It made me to go back to my childhood...I used to do this while heavy rain comes...keeping hand on top of head & standing infront of my house.....really love it....
Great work..thanks for posting this here....
guide me as I'm very new to this site & also to the photography World..
Many thanks in advance
Didi (59746) 2005-09-19 8:38
Your picture is great; very good framing.
So long until october.
maphoto (8082) 2005-09-19 21:21
Great picture David, a beautiful daily life shot that I like a lot, of course the quality here is at its maximum, the angle, the wall as background, the water falling, all great, congratulations on this one, very nice.
nerve (10231) 2005-09-22 6:54
i am really impressed by this shot,, i wish i had some more space as a favourite for this..
its a special capture.. there are some pictures which hit you not esthetically or technically but emotionally,.. i dont mean that this picture doesnt deserve any of these first two (it does too!), but (imho) suits to last category more i think.. it really evokes somethings in me, like purification, cleansing, depressing yet realizing.. its a mixture of all these.. strangely enough it gives me a some kind of meditational serenity too...
Quite a rare moment, a very special picture on TE..thanks for that..
best wishes. (sorry for green, later)
flydragon (0) 2005-09-23 3:53
took long time for me to comment
this picture, i watched many time
but i dont know what to think lol
i like it but i cant find the word
ok maybe sometime beter watch than talk
hahah also because my english look a mess
sorry green later
cam (9043) 2005-09-23 20:04
I am also wondering about what is going on?
Is he cooling from the heat?Not so sure someones will stay there 10+ minutes without moving.
I kind of think about someone withdrawing from its reality,trying to escape something unpleasant or unsetting.
You make me stop and thinking
Lots of questions
Because of that,this is a really good photography.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-09-24 19:54
Hi David - Truly a special moment you watched and captured here - I like the angle and pose you show for us - this water must be "normal" temperature for him.
This reminds of a shot I never got - but may be I will get another chance some day. Thanks for sharing this with us.
agusia (0) 2005-09-27 6:20
Swietne zdiecie, odrazu wlacza sie wyobraznia
anakin (2775) 2005-09-27 6:41
Increible toma, todo un acierto y una suerte.
Muy bien visto y buena la perspectiva.
PeterC (2242) 2005-09-27 22:23
A very emotional shot. I love the intensity of the water and the boy's reaction. Just wanting to hide from everything and let the water wash all his problems away.
Great composition with the angle. Terrific stuff. Going to my favorites i think. Was curious to see how this would look in B&W. Looks ok but i think i prefer the original. Let me know what you think.
ChrisJ (107161) 2005-09-30 3:43
Good use of a strong compositional diagonal. The 'frosty' appearance, of the splashing water, is interesting. Excellent capture & pov, with superb sharpness. Good work!
milosz (194) 2005-10-01 11:13
i don't know why he was sitting there, perhaps he was sad and during the porurin he felt relaxed.
juanjose (532) 2005-10-01 19:04
Great.....GREAT picture. Good contras!
Nick674 (58) 2005-10-07 3:09
Awesome moment capture. Who sits in a fountain that long? Well, I guess I have at least once but there was a girl involved...Nick
jrj (34843) 2005-10-12 7:17
Excellent capture David. Whatever reasons the boy must have to be there - your capture present the motif in a top way compowise, light and details considered. Very well seen this little 'daily life' scene.
rabani (9645) 2005-10-19 22:53
What do you think, what do you feel, sitting haunch on a sidewalk, barefooted on a rainy afternoon. With your head inside your shirt and the palms of your hands, facing upward to the sky.Dark background with the subject in blue, sitting along a diagonal swath of drizzling white. A great contemplative work David.
aralda (1240) 2005-10-26 10:34
This is a wow picture. I clicked on it because I wasn't sure about the white water on the ground. The blue is also spectacular. This seems to be such a popular picture with everyone! Thanks for sharing and for the note.
JonKilimnik (0) 2005-10-27 23:32
Just a fantastic shot. the colours and composition work in harmony. Well balanced image.
verge (1242) 2005-10-27 23:37
he's enjoying it that's why he stayed for so long. its like the feeling of taking the normal heavy rain, when i was a kid i always wanted to get wet under the rain am sure he's feeling the same. pretty good angle, very good sharpness and color contrast between the boy shirt and the background.....rgds
goomer (0) 2005-10-28 14:48
Exceptional capture. You have indeed caught a magical moment. Exposed beautifully. Great note.
Niara78 (0) 2005-11-11 13:23
Fantastic shot. I'm trying to imagine what it must sound and feel like to be under that rather heavily gushing water. What an interesting scene to capture.
rajhema (1873) 2005-11-15 10:55
Beautiful one. Very well seen David. I'd been to Chicago many times but never tried to walk by the falls.
amirkah (309) 2005-12-09 15:39
Very interesting shower , I want one (-:
TomekWalkiewicz (233) 2006-01-25 11:21
bubujuju (1160) 2006-01-25 11:26
La force avec laquelle l'eau frappe sur le sol est bien rendue. De plus, cette lumière magnifique rend encore plus belle cette scene.
weswang (18223) 2006-01-26 23:21
Hi David, There are different ways to define "fun" and "cool". I guess that this kid was thinking he was having fun. If he saw this photo get so much attention, he would thinking he is cool.
A "fun" and "cool" shot. Well done.
PJE (20758) 2006-01-26 23:30
David lets make this photo 130 points. What a powerful image. So very nicely done. This capture has winning potential. An amazing shot. Thanks for sharing!
Elric (560) 2006-01-27 18:43
Incredible photo! If I put myself in his shoes (metaphorically of course since he is not wearing any) I' d say he is enjoying and feeling the rain. Open hands to feel it in my palm and low, near the ground to hear the water falling. If in nature I could also smell the soil. The t-shirt covering my face so that noone would annoy me. That's my interpretation of the boy's action. A bit optimistic but I think I used to do stn like it when in childhood.
sengir (4956) 2006-01-28 18:24
I believe nothing new can be added to this number of comments under this excellent photography, so I just will add my appreciation and points :)
RADEEH (2802) 2006-02-11 23:23
I have nothing to do ,Everything is done, Just adding points
asival (5305) 2006-03-16 13:12
What an amazing shot..GJ
onmax (849) 2006-03-16 13:14
Hola, magnifica fotografia, que decir, excelentes colores, gran captura.
semra (141) 2006-03-16 13:17
what i say different
tottimau (41) 2006-03-16 13:50
Imagem perfeita, linda, magnífica, sensibilísima!!
imrek (4) 2006-03-16 13:51
cool picture David, a very beautiful daily life shot that I like a lot!
smirnese (51) 2006-03-16 14:18
i'm sorry for not being able to add something new/more useful but i'm just speechless because of the magic of the picture.the energy i suppose the child is experiencing must be wonderful.i rarely try to experience such a thing while taking a shower.i feel the purifying and the refreshing energy of water. i think from now on i'll try that more often.thanx
elBud (2237) 2006-03-26 13:48
interesante fotografia, muy bien capturada, buen tema y buena composición, esto hace parecer un niño huerfano debajo de la lluvia, sin hogar, solo.
de verdad esta muy buena la fotografia, muy buena.
teutza (10590) 2006-05-15 12:43
this is one of the most impresing photos i've ever seen!
Nilay (1323) 2006-05-29 1:49
I liked it very much ,very good shot,
sne (115) 2006-05-30 11:25
It's a beautiful and provokating shot- leaves one wondering. He defenetly found an oasis to get a peace of mind, unusual and liberating act. Bravissimo:-)
Vicky (1442) 2006-06-05 12:36
This is a simple shot, but it packs incredible impact. It asks questions, but gives no answers. I wonder whether this guy will ever know how much intrigue his pose has caused around the world! Such is the measure of your skill as a photographer to present such an image to your global audience! Excellent. Best wishes, Vicky
zeca (19762) 2006-06-10 1:36
Nice capture showing this happy or sad boy enjoying or not this waters. Nice control of lights and good exposure.
Nikofan (1090) 2006-06-29 18:26
This is an unusual way to take a free shower!
Well captured at low speed(I guess!).
Well done and...thanks for sharing.
Gauche (55) 2006-07-11 2:35
Very Nice shot, The last time I was in chicago a little boy was doing the same thing, Kids love that park very much.
ancevski (3358) 2006-08-13 8:35
this is great photo. I like the composition, all the details and the position of the boy with the hands over his head.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-11-01 4:18
I missed this wonderful image. But sooner or later we get it.
Such a beautiful composition.
Looks like a film scene.
Ruiphotos (55) 2006-11-29 10:19
ORTZO (113) 2006-11-29 11:05
I DO NOT KNOW IF IS POSSIBLE FIND THE PLACE...
MAYBE IS SUFFICIENT A FOUNTAIN...MAYBE NOT...
WHITOUT PHILOSOPHY, THIS IS A GREAT SHOT!
uccia84 (720) 2006-12-05 15:27
smash2707 (3320) 2006-12-07 15:40
I just found this shot by chance. Nice sharpness showing the water drops hitting teh floor and the sad boy in the midst of them. The blue shirt looks great in this almost B&W composition. Regards, Yvonne
PS: it's funny that you included the B&W version as a WS, because I was going to suggest you to do it. however, I think the blue shirt gives the picture and extra.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-01-26 7:20
This picture is for long time in my favorites, but, just now I saw I dont give you my points...You deserve for this 10 ponts, not 2! Really great composition! Perfect shot!
...I return... :)
cimcim (3712) 2007-01-31 7:19
Perfect composition, the boy try to protect his head with his hands and he hasn't got shoes, very impressive....
Perfect sharpness and lively colours(boy's skin and t-shirt)!
pieczorin (154) 2007-07-16 6:43
raining like hell! did you try to count the rain drops?:) it's almost possible!:)
KKar (486) 2007-08-02 1:27
David I am amazed
Keep up the good work
eshirey (325) 2007-08-12 10:27
Great composition and color! Nice capture.
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-10-02 11:07
Elle est complètement incroyable ta photo mon gars
Je sais pas comment tu t'es démerdé mais c'est un chef d'oeuvre
golden (2289) 2007-10-07 3:09
Amazing shot David..Great lighting and colors.
xramm (1831) 2007-10-07 10:41
Good catch, good composition, I liked ambiance.Interesting POV.
randompics (955) 2008-09-22 21:58
splendid picture. you just caught him in the right moment. The person being unidentifiable makes this shot more interesting.
vmukherjee (612) 2009-03-26 12:14
You got a great moment on camera! The juxtaposition of bright blue infront of stony grey bricks, and the water coming down with great force, all make up a terrific image.
toni_al (15875) 2009-09-08 12:33
Incroyable moment. Simplement superbe.
kandaras (264) 2009-09-13 15:22
Nothing more to say, pictures are self explanatory. congratulations
Noel_Byrne (28195) 2014-11-03 13:16
There is little I could say that has not been put more elegantly in the many comments above, but I wanted to add my voice to say this is a beautiful and powerful photo. The position and the sheer intensity of the water falling on this guy makes me think of a thousand emotions that could be going through his mind, and the deliberate disconnect from the world. Wondful photo, thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) (9783)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony DSC-f828, UV+Polarizer
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Splashing, Favourites 3 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-14 0:01
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