Stills V3

May 13, 2012


Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:27

in Carmarthen



  1. At first glance the body entering the frame from the right seems a prominent yet unfortunate feature, which led me to ponder your dedication to the captured image John. But then I notice the look on the main subject’s face, which could be interpreted as concerned and the direction of the perceived threat being “over the shoulder”. Now the advancing body, with poised hand, takes on a much more sinister possibility.
    Interesting then that she seems to clutching her chives(?) rather than her bag.

    I’m guessing the 14-54mm lens at 14mm, giving a 35mm equivalent of 28mm focal length, hence fairly close range and eye level (not shooting discreetly from the hip). Again I admire your audacious approach.

    Comment by cgcooke — May 14, 2012 @ 16:23

  2. Thanks Chris – I’m newly into an E-PL2 (at a bargain price) and this was shot with the 17mm (34) pancake! I wondered about the man on the right but thought that the tongue in cheek connection might work. The plants in the bag might be chives but I’m not sure.

    Comment by zavaell — May 15, 2012 @ 06:56

  3. Now if only her shoes were purple! I think it does work, at least in part, because both the clutching ladies are wearing your signature red color, and Minnie is looking just the right place. The person coming into the frame on the right is a bit unfortunate, but doesn’t ruin the “main event” for me.

    Comment by Christina — May 17, 2012 @ 18:50

  4. It’s funny. This picture really shows the ‘frozen moment in time’ aspect of photography well. All the characters are held stationary in a moment that could never have lasted, and yet is preserved for us to read our own stories into it. All the more because we don’t know them.

    I didn’t see any threat in the hand until Chris suggested it, but the contrast between the forced cheeriness of ‘Minnie’ and the lady’s tense expression is strong – the passers by having nothing to do with the contrast as they make their own way out of frame.

    Interesting, slightly awkward and again challenging to have made.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 20, 2012 @ 23:09

  5. I agree that the image is all the more interesting due the lady’s stance and the apparent threat entering the image. Maybe the intruder want the chives back.

    Comment by Rex — May 29, 2012 @ 20:41

  6. I’m not so sure about the “intruder”. The cotrast between Minnie and the main subject makes this work very well by themselves.

    Comment by doonster — June 5, 2012 @ 12:22

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