Stills V3

January 28, 2009

office with a view, Green Park

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 08:08



  1. When I first saw this I thought he was completely alone but now I’ve studied it a bit more I see some other people and dogs? However there is still a sense of isolation as he works on his computer. Perhaps it is a warning that we lose human contact with modern home working?

    Comment by Rex — January 31, 2009 @ 08:33

  2. Talking of sloping horizons….

    A great sense of place. Interesting design. Love the leaves.

    I’m not held here though. Almost like it is too chilly and I want to glance and move on.

    Comment by Colin — January 31, 2009 @ 13:35

  3. I’m jealous. I wish I could work like that in the open air rather than locked in a stuffy office.

    Unlike Colin, it’s the suggestion of cool weather that draws me in.

    Comment by doonster — February 2, 2009 @ 17:35

  4. Yep, lots of sloping in this one. Shame his foot looks like it’s resting on the pigeon’s head. Given the resting hand on the face you could easily link this to which path should one be taking…so I’m happy there’s nothing at the end of either to stop that train of thought.

    Comment by akikana — February 3, 2009 @ 06:23

  5. Is the man talking on a cell phone? The position of the arm made me think that might be so, but I can’t tell.

    The posture tells me that this fellow is relaxed and that contrasts nicely with the sense of isolation, as well as all the signs of cold weather. He has an office with a nice view.

    The sloping horizon adds to the tension for me and trees keep me upright.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 3, 2009 @ 22:34

  6. Perhaps because I live in Florida, this is quite an appealing scene to me — reminds me of the feeling of autumn in more northern states. As far as the “office” goes, I go between thinking “a nice place to work” and “should be enjoying the outdoors, not working”.

    The slope is just a bit much for me – I’m sliding down the road and out of the picture!

    Comment by Christina — February 4, 2009 @ 03:13

  7. Thanks for comments – I’m not sure what the comments about slope are aimed at as that is how Green Park is!

    Anita – I think that he is pulling up his collar.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 4, 2009 @ 10:48

  8. Those blacks might be a bit too black for me, and I’m not sure that this is a composition that works with the greater vertical space of the four-thirds frame, a little too much foreground and background perhaps.

    Comment by matt — February 4, 2009 @ 12:29

  9. I’m not sure what the comments about slope are aimed at as that is how Green Park is!

    Well I meant to be just ironic. Sorry if I hijacked the discussion.

    Comment by Colin — February 4, 2009 @ 12:40

  10. Colin – I did think that your comment was irony: it sure did snowball!

    Matt – your comment about foreground/background led me to go to an A4 print I’d made. I’d like to think that a larger version doesn’t have so much vacant space because the detail of leaves in the foreground and trees in the background, along with more visible figures in the distance, give more to look at. I did toy with the idea of getting closer for this shot but deliberately wanted the leaves in the foreground to give the message of Autumn – perhaps Tony Ray Jones injunction ‘get closer’ should have been obeyed!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 4, 2009 @ 19:49

  11. John — I didn’t mean to imply that your horizon was crooked. Though sloping is the way the park is (and the trees showed this to be the case), it still affects my view of the image. I imagine a skate board would be traveling pretty quickly down and out of the picture on the right, too. ;-) Perhaps a bit of different framing — though I like the amount of foreground you have for just the reason you shot it that way.

    Comment by Christina — February 4, 2009 @ 20:48

  12. Christina – next time I’m in London I shall have to go back to that bench and look at the framing options. Next to subject matter, framing (one’s own and how one sees other people’s) is one of the most fascinating aspects of photography.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 4, 2009 @ 22:21

  13. the lft tree and bench give me enough vertical reference to know the ground dips to the right and not the photographer.
    This reminds me of the statue of the thinker, this being a modern day thinker with computer.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 6, 2009 @ 00:02

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