Stills V3

May 14, 2009

Sydney, Morning Rush

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — Rex @ 10:59



  1. Not really getting much here. While Colin didn’t like the crop on my previous post, I feel sticking to the 3:2 feels a bit contrived (but then I generally do).
    Doesn’t quite feel like rush hour, more a bunch who just got off the bus: 2 minutes and the street is empty.

    Comment by doonster — May 15, 2009 @ 20:32

  2. It doesn’t matter whether they got off the bus or not but this looks like people going to work – the pavement is wide and can accomodate those on a narrower London one more easily.

    There are quite a few things I like about this: the downward tilt from the steps to the woman departing stage left gives a good dynamic; the guy with the shades (and the fancy listening gear) could almost be leading a harem (is it only women who work in Australia?) and they’re nearly all looking down, self-absorbed. The building behind and to the left fits in nicely to the composition and defines the look of that street.

    It may not be a London rush but it looks good as a Sydney rush. Do I imagine you popping out from behind the tree?

    Comment by John Ellis — May 16, 2009 @ 06:42

  3. It is all comparative I suppose, in Bransgore this would be very very crowded!

    Who was it that put a link to Garry Winogrand on Stills? The street photo with a tilt seemed to be in his portfolio.

    it is the mp3 headphones that strike me plus that fag.

    Comment by Rex — May 17, 2009 @ 18:35

  4. I’ve just posted something in a similar vein, and I am as uncertain about this one as I am my own. It captures a moment, yes. It is of its time and place, yes. But is it enough?

    As an aside, in my three years in Sydney I never had a day cold enough to wear an overcoat. But then I remember a Sydneysider seriously telling me it was freezing on a day with it was 14 deg C and sunny.

    Comment by Colin — May 18, 2009 @ 20:14

  5. I spent the whole day in Sydney, my boots got plenty of walking in, it got more busy at lunch time but between 7:00 and 10:30 this was as hustle and bustle as it got. That may have to do with the pathetic public transport system we have which only allows a dribbling of people into the city or I just got in on a very quiet day.
    This particular morning it was about 8C which as Colin says is about as cold as it gets, maybe the overcoat wearer came from Katoomba where it was below 0C.
    Raising the camera was quite a task for the first hour or so, self conscious.
    A lot of faces looking down, it is that similarity rather than the Winogrand variations that got me to shoot this one.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 18, 2009 @ 21:40

  6. I, too, am taken by the absorbed look on the faces. Each person seems to be completely lost in his/her own little world, while traveling “in a pack”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — May 19, 2009 @ 00:14

  7. An interesting and diverse cast of characters here. Together, but alone — each in his or her own bubble and looking down as if purposely avoiding eye contact. It has a good flow to it with the man leading the rest — nearly in a v-formation. I like it.

    Comment by Christina — May 19, 2009 @ 04:20

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