Stills V3

July 16, 2010

elderly woman in wheel-chair eyes young man on ground smoking

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 21:18

in Carmarthen



  1. What is interesting is how 1/60th of a second can really put a different spin on things. I’m sure that the lady in the wheelchair appreciated the proximaty of the bollard before concerning herself about the welfare of the smoker. However, as the photograph never lies one cannot be sure of this. Being pushed by a person with such dark glasses adds another element of who is looking where.

    The bollard is pretty important in the whole composition here. Without it, I’d be following the eyes out of the frame (dark glasses lady, wheelchair lady to smoking man). It’s positioning forces me back in to the photograph and appreciate the scene many times. Well composed and good choice of which 1/60th to take!

    Comment by akikana — July 17, 2010 @ 12:54

  2. A n=moment well caught. One that leads to wonder abuot the young man smoking – why’s he there, has he got anywhere to go? has he a job? Where will he sleep tonight?

    Is that what the elderly lady is wondering?

    Comment by sojournerphoto — July 18, 2010 @ 23:43

  3. All those different directions of gaze!
    Feels like a look of pity for a young man who’s taken the inactive lifestyle to the extreme.

    Comment by doonster — July 19, 2010 @ 12:36

  4. I also noticed that the flower display is not intended to be seen from this angle.

    Comment by Rex — July 19, 2010 @ 18:00

  5. A period photo….I’m sure that in the future this sort of scene will be very evocative of our current age.

    Comment by colinjago — July 19, 2010 @ 22:12

  6. ‘A period photo….I’m sure that in the future this sort of scene will be very evocative of our current age.’

    The cultural markers of this are just foreign enough to complicate reading it as a marker of ‘our current age’.

    Is the young man homeless or just taking a break?

    Comment by alofsm — July 21, 2010 @ 10:12

  7. Matt – he’s almost certainly not homeless. My own take was she might be thinking that he ought to get up and get on with something useful!

    The cultural marker point is more complex and while there is no way that one could confuse it with a picture taken in the same spot (probably was a building back then) back in the ’50s, it is full of ‘today’, in the way that you imply, in that an American looking at this in thirty years time would know that it is not the USA…if you get all the caveats.

    Rex – does that lose one points in a competition?!

    Comment by zavaell — July 21, 2010 @ 11:01

  8. Rex – does that lose one points in a competition?!

    No but it is eye food :-)

    Comment by Rex — July 21, 2010 @ 19:46

  9. the right side of hte picture seems quite busy with people and flowers while the bottom left is quite open, as far as contenet is concerned that feels rather unbalanced.

    Comment by rhoehne — July 24, 2010 @ 09:18

  10. I like the number of “stories” that can be read into this image, yet it occurs to me that what we see or guess about the characters in it (homelessness, pity, etc.) reveals more about us than it does about them.

    Comment by Christina — July 25, 2010 @ 16:39

  11. Christina – interesting point. I take this sort of photo very much for social observation rather than social comment so it is up to the viewer to make as much or little of it as they want – or see into it.

    I’ve always been rather fascinated by the notion of ‘Mass Observation’ – google it.

    Comment by zavaell — July 25, 2010 @ 19:06

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