This is the fourteenth pic in my A Walk Down Main Street series. I ask that you view the series in order please (if you're so inclined of course!). The street has a story. Cheers!
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It's an odd mix here in Chinatown. It tries really hard to stay clean and respectable, this despite being right next to the dirtiest, most run-down, and lost section of Vancouver (and possibly Canada). This little oasis is not perfectly sanitized though, as the homeless, the addicts, the prostitutes and the rest criss-cross the area.
Post-pro: curves, slight reduction in saturation, sharpening.
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Luko (14000) 2004-10-15 10:08
Gritty feel, could be a good metaphor of the epilogue of an economic crisis. Looks like the canadian commerce itself is on crutches and that its shopping caddie is empty...
I don't think you need the base of the two upper pillars.
Ebbe (9625) 2004-10-15 12:57
Excellent street shot with a strong symbolism. I like that the focus is on the bank sign while the man is slightly blurred from DOF or motion. Great colorscale too with just three colors grey, red and "skin".
There is a barrel distortion here that I think can be fixed if you like but you need to start with your uncropped picture.
S5000 (4) 2004-10-15 19:43
Alex, Gday Eh? So like ya man. Nice walk through Vancouver.
Seriously, you've given me ideas about photographing people and city life etc. Thanks
I'm tired, gota have a break, ahhh, that's better, my feet are sore. LOL
MKING (3054) 2004-10-15 23:01
Iconography for all less-than-loved neighbourhoods throughout the Western world: lonely shopping trolleys, crippled depressed-looking men, grey stones (all you're missing is some graffiti and a bit of pigeon poo).
What ties it neatly together for me is that the man is looking at the trolley rather than in any other direction.
Didnt notice the barrel distortion till I read Ebbe's posting; if distortion were a bad thing there wouldn't be fisheye lenses...
Mrgud (0) 2004-10-16 9:30
Powerful image! Streets are so full of signs that speak for themselves. Thanks for remind us!
SAMION (2) 2004-10-25 18:06
Very effective image. I like the entire collection. very good street photography. I am looking daily for the same contrast in life in Portland.
Thanks for posting - i will continue watching your posts.
mjrogers50 (263) 2004-12-12 8:33
I think the base of the two pillars at the top of the frame adds stress, weight and extra tension to the image. There are so many interesting things going on in this photo, as others have already mentioned! So far at Trek Earth I have only looked at the British Columbia and Alberta sections. I must say that your work is a stand out. If you haven't already done so, you should be looking for a gallery or a publisher.
kajspice (4542) 2006-09-09 16:46
You must have waited for ages to get what you wanted here?? Also, now I know why they call you random camera guy!! As far as random goes...this is fairly random - I mean - what the hell is that shpiing trolley doing there? I must note, that I am fairly used to seeing shopping trolleys here in the city as well...usually stolen by students to aid a house-move!
Mucky people, leaving all of their rubbish in the trolleys eh?!? This is so cool - I like the way I can almost see what that dude is carrying in his bag...
excellent photograph Alex...
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3071)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-09-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Olympus C-5050Z, 35-105mm, @ ISO 200
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): A Walk Down Main Street., Signs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-15 9:21