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December 15, 2010

Bell Ringer

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — rhoehne @ 10:50



  1. Another from the Winogrand series:)

    The sunlight as spot works well here and the imagined lack of relationship between the two women is clear. The girl with earphones appears to be deliberate in cutting herself off from contact with the world she is walking throgh, even as she is highlighted for the viewer.

    Good stuff.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 16, 2010 @ 21:47

  2. Some pretty crazy geometry in the surroundings to deal with as well as difficult lighting conditions. So that it all comes together, and the bell and foreground girl are caught in the right position and relationship, along with the third girl, is pretty remarkable. It is a fairly impressive near-monochrome as well, which makes the bell-ringer’s footwear stand out.

    Everyone today is either on ear phones, mobiles or wielding compacts/phone cameras. To see someone with a real live bell is to be given a reality check!

    Comment by zavaell — December 17, 2010 @ 08:17

  3. There is a remarkable connection between the bell and the girl in self inflicted isolation. Yes we know the bell is silent, but it seems to speak volumes of the girl’s oblivion.

    I could be wrong but I sense some very shrewd processing going on here, would it be impolite to draw attention to it?

    Comment by cgcooke — December 18, 2010 @ 02:01

  4. shrewd processing? Nothing fancy, my camera was set to my usual sunny setting of ISO160 f5.6 and 1/1000.

    I was waiting to find something of interst, someone crossing the road (behind me at the point the picture was taken) when I saw a woman with a bell. I danced and manouvered around and she came straight for me, I moved further back as I swung around fixing my lens at about 3meters. I also saw ipod woman coming the other way and she happened to step into the light which was being reflected from somewhere.

    I understand the processing point you make now (not impolite at all), the sun is shining from behind the bell holding person and yet light is on the ipod woman face.

    this is the only picture I took, I may of followed the bell holder longer but I felt I had done enough.

    Sheer luck it all came together. Makes me wonder if I should carry a flash with CTO gell.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 18, 2010 @ 03:50

  5. LoL. Shrewd Processing. I cannot speak for others because they may be very good at concealing their workflow but we have had debates about cropping! I use levels, curves, clone all with masks in layers.

    I had been looking at this image for sometime and I’m starting to think that I had my eyes shut because I had not noticed that link (Pavement pattern and light) between Bell & Girl. Well I had noticed the significance of the bell but not twigged that there were features helping. It seems to be at the junction of two diagonals formed by various features in the image and it is those that help point at the bell.

    Robert’s comments help me understand the light, I was confused by the direction of light as the iPod girl is beautifully separated from the background by some rim light but her shadow and that of the bell can be seen on the pavement.

    Comment by Rex — December 18, 2010 @ 08:24

  6. That’s some rather wonderful light you’ve captured there. I’d have preferred a little less illumination in the title of this work though. That said, there’s plenty to work on once the bell has been clocked with most of my viewing being taken up by the tree along the left. It’s inclusion is needed but cannot for the life of me explain why! Not much help I know.

    Comment by akikana — December 19, 2010 @ 08:11

  7. An interesting image on many levels. I’ll echo the “good stuff” comment.

    The “ipod woman” looks to be listening to a sad song — her expression is an important part of this scene for me.

    Comment by Christina — December 23, 2010 @ 05:21

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