Stills V3

January 19, 2011

near Carnaby Street, Soho

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 08:05



  1. Crop this right down the middle and lose the left? This is about eyes and not ears (the floating mannequin seems to be eavesdropping).

    All this reliance on anti-shake technology makes for some interesting portraiture.

    The print back right I am thinking is of David Bowie…it reminded me to look for some of Masayoshi Sukita’s work so thanks for that little trigger. He’s of the same era as Herbie Yamaguchi and his work I can find quite easily. Herbie was recently featured on a six-hour photographer special on Japanese TV. The show is a weekly 30 minute show (sponsored by Canon so guess what they get to shoot with?) which follows a photographer around as they shoot a theme. The six-hour special (I recorded it) had about a dozen photographers that had been voted for a repeat viewing of the show they were in(Shimpei Asai was probably the only other one of international renown) and covered a number of different themes: street, trains, nature, human interest. Herbie was shooting on my turf so that was especially enjoyable.

    Comment by akikana — January 20, 2011 @ 01:29

  2. No to the crop! I love the line of three faces, each with their unique look. The cyclops/triclops is especially eye catching :-)

    The frame is all filled with stuff that links.

    Comment by Rex — January 21, 2011 @ 19:08

  3. I say no to the crop as well. You get such wonderful response from your subjects here — I would enjoy seeing her photo!

    The effect of the camera as third eye steals the scene, even from the flashy mannequin, but all the supporting parts and players are worthy.

    Comment by Christina — January 28, 2011 @ 05:07

  4. I think there are two completely different pictures there. In both cases the camera refelcting back dominates – asking a question perhaps of what you are up to? The smile on the second girl’s face adds to this.

    Without the crop you should keep the blockl work to the left and the picture has a graphic quality as well, lent by the piebald manequin. With the crop the picture is very much focused on the relationship between photographer and photographed.

    Of the two I think I prefer the full frame, but can see value in both.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — January 30, 2011 @ 21:17

  5. the mannequin is another layer to this picture of faces generally looking this way. The use of the stone work on the left, the line of faces, the interesting figures in front an behind the glass all add to a well made picture.

    The B&W pictures I like all seem to have sumptuous blacks in them and yet when I adjust my own I always back off, must push myself further.

    Comment by rhoehne — February 9, 2011 @ 11:24

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