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April 29, 2011

the smoking zone

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 13:35

Frankfurt station



  1. Really love this one. The saturation of the colours, coming together of different people within the yellow square, the play of lights and shadows: it all fits together well. It looks like a scene which is set up for a film scene. Very well captured.

    Comment by Cem — May 1, 2011 @ 11:48

  2. You must surely be happy with this. One of your best, IMO, and that is saying a lot. It has it all — light, composition, atmosphere, story, and even includes your signature red. Brilliant.

    Comment by Christina — May 2, 2011 @ 15:37

  3. I’m trying to figure what this excellent piece of street photography says most about. Is it the life of a modern smoker, lovers or just human interaction? I was quite taken by the strange little arena and did wonder if it was something to do with smoking, not sure how many insiders were actually doing so, but then I spotted the title.

    It could be about the preservation of private space, note how they’re all, with possibly one slight exception, approximately equidistant apart.

    Ah the exception, the Nick Nolte character, is he merely defiantly stretching the boundaries in a childlike way or does he need to be on that side of the zone but if he stays inside the box will he be breaking the unwritten laws of personal space (because he will then be closer to others than is necessary). Is he looking away to keep a close eye on whatever it is that might necessitate him being on that side, or does it somehow make up (in his subconscious mind at least) for being too close to the others.

    The lovers, are they so engrossed in each other that they are oblivious to where they are standing or are they smokers as well?

    Yes, good one John.

    Comment by cgcooke — May 3, 2011 @ 22:25

  4. Excellent photograph. My first impression is of an illustration rather than a moment from life – perhaps Cem’s film scene analogy is apt here. The colours are wonderful and the people just appear to have been placed into the set, the smokers nonchalently watching the lovers that have taken their space! Great stuff.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 5, 2011 @ 22:57

  5. It is the multiple stories that are contained, mostly, within the square that make this special as does the lighting with the corresponding shadows and reflections.
    The colour of the backdrop is magic.

    The point at which you pressed the button and obtained that composition and separation of the subjects was the moment.


    Comment by Rex — May 8, 2011 @ 16:42

  6. so much happening, not just the people but also the light and colour.

    A wonderful piece of street photography and like all good street photography it is about life in public places.

    Comment by rhoehne — May 11, 2011 @ 23:11

  7. Thanks for all your comments on this.

    Chris – the ‘lovers’ were smokers. She had just lit one when he arrived so is probably burning a hole in his jacket! The Nick Nolte figure (good description) does sum up the semi-rebellious nature of some Germans: so much is well-ordered but not everyone goes along with it!

    Comment by zavaell — May 17, 2011 @ 06:38

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