OM – series is an (possibly ongoing, basic intent of) exchange with photographers who used either digital or analogic Olympus OM cameras. To all of them and to the ones who didn’t want their photos published and even to the ones who didn’t answer at all, I do
Shinjuku, Tokyo - 2012
tsukuzuku to kawazu ga me ni mo sakura kana
even the frog’s eyes
can’t turn away…
Glasshouse Mountains, Australia - May 2012
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April 14th, 2011 in Frankfurt
When I look at this photograph I don’t think “oh this should be in a museum” and maybe that is something good to say about it.
I see a rich black and white image with a very tight, kinda strange crop, say something mental (rigid) which contrasts with the casual happiness of the less-tall woman.
She, smiling, is the first thing that catches my attention incredibly syncing with the AFFENGEIL [“wicked”] ad.
Then I imagine the colours of her lips, something it doesn’t happen with the other woman in the background. She is so… satisfied, does she know she’s being portrayed?
Back to the oversized (bigger than life) cup of ice-cream with its reduplicating B&W also smiling Frankenstein and back again to her lank hair imprisonment, the collar, which makes the first of three white levels: collar, pullover showing below her tiny jacket (pair with the sleeve) and sole of shoes.
Is she waiting?
Her hand. The squeezing of the fingers so it can enter the trousers pocket. And again, her smile… she has grown, not any more at the background guys’ level that are now like the “BANANA CHA CHA” to the ad.
What about sound, do you hear any sound? No, not at all. Like the still frame of a movie, the sound has stopped… well I hear a vacuum cleaner, but that’s cette côté ici 😀
At first glance appears that she is going to walk but the tip of her left foot betrays her; the legs are confusingly (from a weight discharge point of view) crossed.
She is waiting. What or who?
Is it the photographer? I don’t think so… Patrick would have wait till people passed; are you sure? Of course, not! What if he saw her smile and “couldn’t wait”, could not afford to loose that moment? But he is focussing on the ad… maybe Patrick was anxious as he states was shooting street on film for the first time. Anyway, I’m glad his finger pressed the shutter.
So, is it a good photo? Don’t know, the layers are too close together, the motion of the people seems double freezed ’cause of the their visual confinement and there’s no soothing vanishing point. Why did you choose this photo then? Her smile feels true, big and relaxed.
I’m tempted to go and check if she is on other photos… I’ll prefer to live with the mystery.
Bukit Bintang - March 2012
* April 2012
Istanbul - July 2008
Aswan, Egypt - September 2010
A long long time ago in a far east land lived 2 men, one very rich, one very poor. Each man had a son. One day the rich man took his son to the top of a mountain where they could see the whole valley and with a gesture that encompassed the houses, the cattle and the fields, he told the boy: look all of these, one day will be yours.
Some time after the poor man took his son to the the same mountain. When they reached the top, the poor man made the gesture of showing the valley and told his son: look
Mt. Hood, Oregon - September 1998