Stills V3

June 7, 2009

Side street

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 07:35

Side street, London, April 2009

Couldn’t think of an interesting title.

This will be the last of this lot. Next week: colour landscapes.



  1. My sort of picture :-)

    It is always the details which matter with this sort of shot and here the scattering of light patterns makes an ordinary thing extraordinary.

    Comment by Colin — June 7, 2009 @ 08:50

  2. The photo makes me feel exactly the same claustrophia that I feel in those concrete corridors. Succeeds for me in capturing a very real sense of this scene.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 18:27

  3. It was the solitary shaft of light that first attracted me followed by the reflected light on the left hand wall. The playful light penetrating what should be a dull side street lifted this beautifully. Bravo

    Comment by Rex — June 8, 2009 @ 20:50

  4. Nice but not extraordinary. Small London side streets like this invariably throw up some interest or attraction and don’t feel like concrete corridors in the way Anita imagines, in fact the better use of concrete can yield almost sculptural forms.

    I would prefer the left hand entrance vertical to be upright rather than the right hand one, or use the building at the end as a reference; something to remove the slight tilt. I don’t know whether this is film or digital (thinking of dynamic range) but, again, I would have preferred the top of the lefthand wall not to have been petering out into whiteness quite so much: as a photo of a street rather than a street photo the architectural and decorative features need to be preserved as far as possible.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 9, 2009 @ 06:44

  5. John, indeed I should have straightened things – I wasn’t aware of the tilt until I posted it. This is on film.

    Comment by doonster — June 9, 2009 @ 19:27

  6. I like the tilt. This might feel less alive if you had ‘corrected’ it, but I’ll agree with John’s point about the whiteness of that top left bit of wall. A little darker would seem to suit the mood of this.

    Comment by matt — June 11, 2009 @ 12:46

  7. The bit of tilt is okay by me, too. The light patterns and single tree on one side are complement the square patterns of concrete on the other side. Nice.

    Comment by Christina — June 17, 2009 @ 15:25

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