Stills V3

May 20, 2009

Waiting for the Train to Pass…

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 04:20

Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama.

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10 Comments »

  1. Been a while! Been stuck myself at a ‘photographically challenged’ barrier for the last couple of months – both taking and looking.

    This shot was taken back in February and was the last shot on the roll. Not touched the camera from that shot until earlier this month. It then took two weeks before putting the rolls in to be developed – did that today! It’s coming back slowly and I do feel somewhat refreshed. Strange it wasn’t any ‘artistic block’ as I kept seeing lots to shoot. It was more a case of taking a rest and seeing if the enthusiasm was still there afterwards. It is and glad to be back in the Stills world again…also just in time for SoFoBoMo which I kick off tomorrow.

    Comment by akikana — May 20, 2009 @ 04:25

  2. I’m off a few days so I’ll comment before I go.

    Welcome back – I was certainly wondering what was going on. So this shot is highly allegorical: you waiting for the time to set off again!

    Nice composition and timing.

    Comment by John Ellis — May 20, 2009 @ 06:38

  3. Welcome back :-)

    Lovely timing and composition. The overhead lozenge is critical to the whole. More so, I think, than the more obvious placement of the head.

    Comment by Colin — May 20, 2009 @ 19:30

  4. I’ll comment on the photo a bit later, but have to say right now how happy I am to see you posting again. Add another very enthusiastic “welcome back”.

    Comment by Christina — May 21, 2009 @ 04:26

  5. For me the body language does say he is “Waiting for the Train to Pass…” and is pretty miffed at having to wait. At first I thought a bit more motion blur on the train would have helped but now, thinking a bit more, the very slight motion blur adds a feeling that the train is passing slowly adding to the man’s discomfort and resentment of the train’s passage.

    Comment by Rex — May 21, 2009 @ 06:56

  6. Welcome back.

    The ‘lozenge’ (the wire thingy?) does neatly balance this out. What’s the next scene in this movie?

    Comment by matt — May 21, 2009 @ 23:40

  7. I may as well add a third “nice timing and composition”. The figure, though standing still, feels very dynamic somehow — sort of tense resignation. Excellent.

    Comment by Christina — May 23, 2009 @ 03:17

  8. Square, excellent :-)

    I get a more “wish I wasn’t here” sense from that stance, heightened by the idea of the train whisking off to somewhere else. But maybe that’s just me projecting my own commuting thoughts.

    Comment by doonster — May 28, 2009 @ 05:34

  9. the rounded shoulders, slight slump forward, tell me he is tired of waiting.
    I like this picture a lot and woudl happily stick it up on a wall at home.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 30, 2009 @ 11:24

  10. Based on something in the man’s posture, my first thought was that the man had missed his last opportunity to get to that meeting on time.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 9, 2009 @ 02:04


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