Stills V3

March 14, 2012


Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:40

taken in Soho



  1. John I really am amazed how you see these things. I would not have thought of making this picture myself, but I certainly appreciate yours. The strange figure on the shop window appears to be riding on the reflection of the bicycle but in the reverse direction. His back has a similar bump to that of the man walking the bicycle. Perhaps we are looking at a Dr. Jekyll and his shadow Mr. Hyde in the reflection. It is food for imagination.

    Comment by Cem — March 15, 2012 @ 23:15

  2. I loved the phantom bike rider too.

    In the Matt Stuart lecture Matt said he did street photography 15 days a month. He uses film for ‘his’ photography and digital for his commercial work. It was an very good lecture and it came across that the harder you work the luckier you get :-)

    I agree, well seen.

    Comment by Rex — March 18, 2012 @ 21:50

  3. Has John provided us proof that mirrors do indeed provide portals to other worlds?

    Yes I like the phantom rider too. It is perhaps useful to the image that the two riders “book end” that void between them.

    The bike looks possibly older than the (eventual?) rider, though the saddle doesn’t.

    Comment by cgcooke — March 18, 2012 @ 23:32

  4. It took a couple of views to see the phantom rider, adn then it all came together. Indeed, well seen and taken.

    Comment by doonster — March 21, 2012 @ 12:12

  5. the phantom rider definitely works well with the man walking his bike. What a lock he carries, beast. Very nice.

    Apologies for being away, I’ll be back with a series of shots I am doing for, my new bike is being offered up as cycle porn and I’m shooting it :o)

    Comment by rhoehne — March 21, 2012 @ 23:57

  6. The whole bike illusion in the window is very strong here. The mannequin head in the other window is also enchanting. Very heavy on the right side but balances out given the depth of black on the left. To add a little more to rex’s comment based upon my experiences of shooting street I can concur the harder you try the luckier you get and most times it’s not until I see the developed photograph do I sometimes begin to understand what initially attracted me to click the shutter. I shoot medium format film primarily to force me to try harder…I guess that’s why I’ve been on an extended break of shooting in order to recharge!

    Comment by akikana — March 26, 2012 @ 04:22

  7. Just brilliant. As Cem says, you see things that I wouldn’t notice and see them soon enough to make a picture. Really well done. Love the ghost rider, love the humourous threat and the whole set up.

    The bike does look older – quill stem is a give away and the extra brake levers – and the saddle is a ‘comfort’ model. Nice old frame though. There’s one of me doing some static miles at the end of the link here starting to get ready for this year’s challenges, of which more later. Robert, you might like the road bike, a Lapierre S-Lite 400 bought heavily reduced before the collapse of the pound:)

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 26, 2012 @ 23:17

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