© 2010 Kang Tate-37

A guy in white.

This is one of those photographs where I love and hate at the same time. It was a relatively sunny day and I pointed my camera into the sun. You can just about catch a glimpse of the clouds opening up in the distance. My daft photographer cap was firmly on and I had let the camera decide the exposure. Naturally it exposed for the sun and that meant the initial exposures were pitch black, save for a spot of blue in the sky. Crapola. Anyway, I noted the white guy in a white jacket, and black trousers. Black and white of all things and he was seemingly posing (I say seemingly) for a portrait. He seemed so out of place to the grey environs, and notice how everybody else is in black. I hate photographing monuments or pieces of artwork, architecture because it’s somebody else’s work. I sometimes feel like I am copying somebody else’s genius, or almost borrowing somebody else’s thunder, so I tend to avoid doing so, but in this case it could so nearly have formed part of the narrative for the image. There is another identical pillar structure just outside of the right side of the frame. I won’t say where this picture was taken, since there are clues everywhere in the shot which give away it’s location. You’ll notice the pavement allows cyclists to cycle all the way through to the bridge, I was a little intrigued, since signs are usually prohibitive. No Talking, No Cycling, No Smoking, No Entry, No Pissing. Now, back to the wretched aperture priority mode. The first few exposures had a flood of human traffic flowing into the hollow bits of this structure. I waited for it, thought I nailed it, but it was just too dark to pull detail out from the image. Blasted camera. I’m going manual now that Spring is around the corner.

… in case you missed it, commentary is something I will provide for all my photographs from now on. There’s always a story in every photograph.

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  1. Posted April 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | #

    The lighting, toning and composition is all great; but I fear most of your pictures attempt to tell a story in an image which just isn’t there. I’m no expert, but from what I’ve understood, street photography is about composing images which present an interesting aspect of a routine life that we may miss if we did not pay attention.

  2. Posted April 3, 2010 at 11:24 am | #

    Salar – Thanks for your comment. Yes, I guess you are right about that. Maybe I should enphasise that abit more. I am leaning more toward commentary about the photograph, rather than the actual story behind the photograph. In this case, I have not really talked about the story inside the picture per se, but the process leading up to the point where this picture was made. What I’m trying to say is that I am merely trying to inject my personality to go with the photograph. In the spirit of this being a photoblog, and the thoughts or feelings or intention behind the photos I upload, and also what I remember when I was taking it. In that regard, I feel that there is a circumstance in a photograph, to give the photograph context and meaning. If you flip through my street stuff, you’ll notice that I speak very little about the ‘story’ as you understand it, and more about my general thoughts associated with it, or sometimes thoughts not associated with the photograph at all. In other words, whether or not I supply the commentary or blog with the photograph is arbitrary, and indeed in the past 200 or so photos I had uploaded up to this point, did not come with commentary whatsoever. It’s just something I feel like adding. As I said, it’s a photoblog, no? Online diary. And so in that regard, the mystique of presenting a snapshot of routine life is preserved.

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  1. By Menacing Head | Noir. on April 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    [...] Associating words with photographs can be a tricky thing. The moment one tries to attach an idea to a photograph, one might be in danger of interrupting whatever preconceptions the viewer might be holding while looking at the photograph. There can be two outcomes, either the viewer agrees or disagrees with my point of view. This is intriguing, because if the viewer disagrees with the way a photographer has chosen to present their photographs, and in the context of which it is presented, does it then lose meaning? Does it make it more or less provocative. [...]

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