This is an old abandon school building that an inner city outreach group called World Impact purchased for $1000 in St. Louis Missouri. Their plans are to convert the building into a community center for the locals in the area. My wife and I lead a team of college students from Texas to help them in the refurbishing process.
I took this picture because I really feel that it conveys the daunting task that was ahead of them. Here is a girl sweeping a seemingly unredeemable parking lot. By the end the team managed to patch most of the parking lot making it passable for the city inspectors.
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Ebbe (9625) 2006-02-19 14:54
A fine long perspective that works, her task seem endless. Nice shadow too.
mpr (491) 2006-02-19 15:09
What I like the most about this shot is the sharpenss, point of view and composition. Using black and white and the excellent shadow puts this photo over the top. Fantastic idea here.
Vexxx (210) 2006-02-19 17:32
Nice perspective with good use of dynamics. I am sure it looks much better in b&w.
verde (957) 2006-02-20 18:15
i really like it man,
very nice mood and message here. Good tonal range of B&W. I tried a few different crops in PS and I think yours is the best. including the edge of the building is great. I love it
lotis (132) 2006-03-04 10:54
A very good b&w, with good composition. The place looks like an old military facility in ex-USSR. The trees that have no leaves accentuate the effect. That's one of the effects that a good b&w can have.
Thanks for sharing
KevRyan (22956) 2006-03-07 15:51
Pretty nice tone her Phillip - the three large triangles with their converging lines to the left make this a really interestimg composition - nicely seen - the human figure adds great interest and works well enough without recourse to the convention of being on the thirds.
nice work - best wishes Kev
russte (0) 2006-04-14 3:44
I love this one too. Reminds me very much of a shot I tried in Brussels a few weeks ago but yours works far better. The perspective of the building, the contrast in the woman's clothes, the use of her shadow, the texture of the concrete, even the plastic water bottle. All well seen and very well executed. Stephen
JasPahal (336) 2006-05-29 14:08
Nice shot Philip, and a useful note to tie it all together. I wonder if you could have shot horizontally to make the parking lot even look even bigger...
It's nice that you got her shadow in the pic though, and her pose does convey action...
Thanks for sharing,