Out on the street with a former TE stalwart from Tokyo in the Cheshire town of Knutsford - I spotted this man a distance away and was fascinated by his face - I liked the possibility of the background so waited for the split second moment as he passed me on the narrow pavement. I like the intensity and sense of his movement against the words -particularly the headlines which do their job of arresting our attention - hence the title.
Victor Meldrew was the main character in the British TV series One Foot In The Grave - an 'irascible pensioner with attitude!'
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Przemsky (81) 2008-09-23 14:52
what was the shutter speed?
I think TOOOO long :(
canon 5d, and such a mistake? :(
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-09-24 1:57
really an interesting shot,I like your idea,the background with the newspapers is definitely out of common.I do like the choice
for the shutter speed,I think that you judged it well here.
All the best,
ninaL (21348) 2008-09-24 12:41
Yes, no, yes, no...
There is something...
Maybe not enough ?
Best wishes. G.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-09-24 16:00
"Bloody kids - can't even walk down the shops for my 20, no make that 40, no make that 300 Bensons, without some yobbo sticking his digital whatsitsname in my face!!"
Clearly there does need to be some movement in this shot. The result isn't perfect - but then again it's rooted in a world where broken shoes cost £1,255 more than a new Vauxhall.
I had to giggle at Przemsky's comments though. I'm also especially hard on anyone delivering sub-standard results with a 5D - I think it's called jealousy!
Luko (13978) 2008-09-27 11:32
I do not know anything about Victor Meldrew so the pun might fall flat on me, but I do know when a photo is good or not and this one oozes dynamism and urbanity.
Probably this bloke has had a sweet spot for alcohol, tobacco or powdery substances, and also his life has been full of the kind of stories the newspapers like... but well, in comparison to the guy whose photo is located right forward his face, which one would you physically like to be compared?
You're right about the background, I would have also spent some times at your position, I guess my Leica would have also blurred the scene. You can't trust cameras nowadays ;D ...
I was wondering : why not a nice classic warm BW conversion?
Polonaise (5802) 2008-09-29 12:52
It's blurred(moved !) - Przemsky's right...( and I don't mean the guy...The guy has to be blurred :-))))
It's common (The worst condemnation you can give to photo in 21st.century)
A man... Any man in front of a wall...Any wall !
How many millions per hour snap shots we see with the silhoettes of someone passing in front of the wall !!!
The headline news...
Can we read them ? No ! The photo is blurred, out of focus (see above )
If we can't read them - what the puck they are there for ?
Great expression... Great face... Dynamics... His coat...
Is it enough knowing that you are NOT the father of the guy with the photographic face ? :-)))
One million fotkas with the human in front of them...
Per hour !!!!
casperduppy (1590) 2008-09-30 16:10
For me, it's the old timer. The man who has spent too many days blaming this and blaming that. Standing in the pub come rain or shine, blaming his pockets for all his millions falling through the holes. Blaming the buses for all being late and then coming at once. Blaming the rain for dirtying his already dirty shoes when the man on the tele said it would be sunny. Bloomin this, and always bloomin that! No doubt he is probably off to the bookies, to bet his last fiver on a horse called "unlucky", and then blame it losing on that lucky fat black cat that he saw earlier on crossing the road in front of his untidy and cold upstairs one bedroom flat?!
So what? Well I like your photograph, and quite frankly it makes me laugh and be happy and so I am not going to give it a sad unhappy depressed little yellow monkie!!!!!
Be Lucky! casper :)
- Copyright: Kev Ryan (KevRyan) (22952)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D
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- Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 14:39
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