Stills V3

August 23, 2009

London 3

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 06:47

Petticoat Lane



  1. The first thing that catches my eye is the pyramid formed by the three guys, two dress dummies, one skyscraper. The contrasts balanced by the symmetry in body language of the three men makes an especially effective base. The touches of red are effective and made all the more so, for me, by the subtlety. Then, there are the cables in the truck that seem to through into the sky and the patterns in the roof of the truck repeated in the skyscraper. What a feast of patterns and shapes to explore.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — August 23, 2009 @ 23:17

  2. You aren’t going to get this unless you’ve seen the BBC’s Shakespeare Retold series, but these are definitely the three witches in MacBeth.

    A really interesting documentary and environmental shot with the patterns as mentioned by Anita.

    Comment by Colin — August 24, 2009 @ 08:29

  3. The three “characters” are plenty interesting — add in those two mannequins at the back of the nearly empty truck and the setting with modern new construction behind older architecture and we have another image with lots of story-telling potential. Like a good movie scene. (except vertical)

    Comment by Christina — August 26, 2009 @ 16:13

  4. With all the patterns that flow through this, I still come back to those two mannequins. Combine this with the fact that the three guys up front are also trunkless and almost anything else in the shot is an added bonus. The clothes rails going through the van roof to form scaffolding being an extra special bonus. The palm tree…and is the building its on in front or behind the back of the van. Everything says behind…

    Comment by akikana — August 30, 2009 @ 05:26

  5. Before Akikana commented I was thinking that the comment about three witches had cast a spell.

    Akikana – it is a bit of an illusion but definitely behind.

    Comment by John Ellis — August 30, 2009 @ 06:42

  6. I like these snatched samples of life. In my mind there is a market behind and these guys are waiting for the end of the day in order to stick it back in the van.

    Is that Art Deco?

    Comment by Rex — September 5, 2009 @ 16:58

  7. I didn’t look more closely at that building as I continued along the market area to my right. The style looks a bit more like an attempt at art deco in the ’50s.

    Comment by John Ellis — September 6, 2009 @ 07:05

  8. I’m not really getting this. The background seems distracting and there’s not enough engagement with the looks out of shot. Not enough interesting behaviour to hold me.

    Comment by doonster — September 16, 2009 @ 20:35

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