BEHIND THE PHOTO: I was walking down Knightsbridge with camera in hand when I saw this psycherdelic shop window display in Harrods with these reflective odd shaped metal bauble things. Looking closer (they weren’t that big) I could see a reflection of Knightsbridge in one of them slightly distorted. So I exposed for the bauble and let everything else fall into black (b&w was the intention) and this person came charging through the frame at the time of hitting the shutter with suitcase in tow and and two other people in silhouette. Tate Modern? I think so???? Total time spent taking photo……about 2 minutes.
Would this photo work without the three people. Maybe but I think it needs a human element in it to make it work.
So what’s going on here? Rule of odds (three people). Negative space. Sort of surrounding it? Any good in colour? No, definetly hits you more in black and white. Message? I suppose the hectic pace of life in London and any big city is reflected here. It has an energy and tension thing going on, why I don’t know, also a sense of being hemmed in, something I have to say I have never felt in London all the years I have lived here (now live in Herts). Would Gary Winogrand take this sort of photo. No, don’t think so. Diado Moriyama? A little bit, but not grainy and high contrast enough as in pitch blacks and blown out highlights. I have been studying his work recently but Daido Moriyama is Daido Moriyama, difficult to replicate when you realise what is involved in his whole photo process. My style increasingly shows people in the photo in a cryptic way such as profile, silhouette, blurred, in a reflection, from behind, they are sort of the subject but then again they are not. I leave that interpretation to the viewer. For some reason this reminds me of the Moriyama Abstract Fishnet tights photo. Why is a mystery?
One interesting thing about Moriyama is, he reckons he goes out and just takes pictures and doesn’t think about what he is doing too much. He isn’t going out making art on the streets, he says he is taking or making copies of what he sees. He states art is creating something from nothing, whereas photography always starts with something. He also states he doesn’t really follow rules as in photographic rules. He FEELS the photo. Something to ponder over, but what’s important is what works for you.
For me this picture is something that 95% of people walking past would not see, which is good. This is a macro reflection blown up out of all proportion and made into a distorted city scape. My one criticism is this, it would have been good to have taken the photo on the other side of the road and have Harrods as a reflective backdrop instead of these bland non Knightsbridge looking buildings. That would add more weight to the Knightsbridge title, but then the Bauble was in the Harrods window and not on the other side of the road. Such is life and all things Street Photography. You have to go with what you are given, no amount of waiting would have changed that fact!