Stills V3

August 16, 2009

London 2

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 06:32

British Library, St Pancras



  1. I’ve got one of those laptops, and my lunch is sitting by the door in the same style container.

    I can’t tell if she is crushed by her studies or just thinking. That question brings me back.

    Not sure about the inclusion of the bit of wall sculpture.

    Comment by matt — August 17, 2009 @ 12:31

  2. Funnily enough, this is supposed to be about the juxtaposition of the vertical and horizontal (might as well spell it out). I was amused that the horizontal ‘sculpture’ had been placed there. I didn’t take the photo for the laptop or the lunch box!!

    Comment by John Ellis — August 17, 2009 @ 19:04

  3. I have a box like that that I keep cheese in the fridge in…

    I could see where this was going without the further commentary and the sculpture does add a play between the horizontal and the rest. I think the down turned face of the stair traveller is at odds with the sculpture though. Needs to be more straight and certainly less expressionless.

    Comment by akikana — August 18, 2009 @ 02:48

  4. “I think the down turned face of the stair traveller is at odds with the sculpture though”

    My thought too. It stops any tension arising between the two parts.

    Comment by Colin — August 20, 2009 @ 18:49

  5. The sculpture and escalator lady are a rather incongruous juxtaposition. (Due to John’s comment not being emailed, I read it after I wrote this)

    The sculpture looks extreme whereas the lady (averting her gaze?) is rather normal.

    Comment by Rex — August 20, 2009 @ 19:48

  6. I first viewed the girl — then “discovered” the sculpture which amused me — in that regard, it worked for me.

    I would not have thought much of the young lady’s down turned gaze. She could just be watching the steps, getting ready for when she must step off.

    Comment by Christina — August 20, 2009 @ 22:03

  7. When I first read Akikana’s thought that the girl should be looking up and should have more of an expression, I thought that maybe he had a point. But since then, I have gone back to what I remember when taking it, which was much more driven by the way representation of the body is often at odds with people’s everyday appearance and actions. Here was an opportuity to show that. Apart from the fact that the sculpture seemed rather odd for the British Library and placed in a semi-basement position, where the public didn’t go.

    Comment by John Ellis — August 23, 2009 @ 07:31

  8. The bold and gilded sculture is interesting combined with the girl who rather personifies an everyday going about her business individual. The first thought that comes to mind is who is the girl in a different “costume” and how much more colorful is she in another setting?

    Comment by Anita Jesse — August 23, 2009 @ 23:54

  9. At first I thought the computer & lunch box were books. Left side seems out of place – the story is all in the contemplation.

    Comment by doonster — September 16, 2009 @ 20:50

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