Stills V3

May 27, 2010

London 29

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:06




  1. How many of the London series would fit under the heading “Something red in frame”?

    Comment by alofsm — May 29, 2010 @ 13:27

  2. …well, there was a pink and also a blue!

    Derived in hindsight, but now an objective, is to see how contemporary life appears as something that we see every day but are not necessarily conscious of the detail.

    Comment by zavaell — May 29, 2010 @ 14:35

  3. “is to see how contemporary life appears as something that we see every day but are not necessarily conscious of the detail” – which is a reasonable definition of street photography.

    This one is very nicely done. Typical human behaviour in a period setting.

    Comment by colinjago — May 31, 2010 @ 12:36

  4. A few rushed puffs if I am seeing those discarded sticks of fresh air properly. My father always said he had to go out for some fresh air when going for a smoke.

    Place these 3 in a school yard and suddenly they are blowing paper wads at each other through a tube of a pen.

    The edges of this picture are very loose, there is nothing to suggest there is any other life or interest anywhere about, probably not a lunch break.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 3, 2010 @ 11:37

  5. Upbeat spontaneity and the camaraderie shown by the expressions, postures and shared habit, makes this more than just a scene of three smokers on a break from whatever. The red background is so “you”. ;-)

    Comment by Christina — June 4, 2010 @ 03:58

  6. Thanks for comments.

    Robert – your comment about the looseness of the edges is perceptive. This is close by the western edge of the City, which is where more cozy London streets give way to a less people-friendly (more money-friendly!) environment. For that reason I have avoided it for many years but have now started to find some attractions. But this is fairly classic: an alley of sorts that serves merely as a clearing area for office buildings. So, for those wanting to smoke, this is the sort of place you end up in.

    Comment by zavaell — June 4, 2010 @ 06:31

  7. A communal activity and they look like they are enjoying it. Well caught.

    Comment by Rex — June 4, 2010 @ 19:09

  8. Everything about the body language makes me think there is a strong bond between the three men and that causes me to wonder. Are they connected in many ways as the moment suggests, or do they simply share a habit that brings them together to steal a few puffs before getting back to work? I can’t rush past this scene because my mind wants to turn over the moment time and again to explore the stories.

    Comment by anitajesse — June 7, 2010 @ 04:16

  9. The striking ting about this for me is the (suggested?) relationship between the three men – they appear as equals and friends. The smoke could just as easily be a pint down the pub, but is an excuse for some sociable banter.

    Amazing there’s no one else in frame, which is where some contradiction appears – only three blokes having a smoke outside Sainbury’s and no one passing by?

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 10, 2010 @ 20:16

  10. Makes me laugh every time I see it. I know the area well, having spent quite a lot of time travelling in and out for work. Looks like a bunch of London (something about their dress can only be London, IME) engineers, just like the guys I’d work with.

    Comment by doonster — June 13, 2010 @ 01:41

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