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Last Exit To Departure (Skywalk) | by Yawp Barbarian
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Last Exit To Departure (Skywalk)

I shot a couple of shots of this area (with and without) people. I shot a few with a digital camera and a few on film, as well. For myself, I think I prefer the shot with people (since it gives a surreal quality to the photo) and indeed I think it works well with the title and surrounding architecture. Kinda reminds me, of how people just go to work, like automatic machines. The daily 9-5 grind. " People with briefcases , but no faces" (paraphrased line from an Evelyn Lau poem) if I remember correctly.


That line always struck me as an indication of how people carry on daily the 9-5 grind, sometimes. Maybe it's a societal statement, maybe it's not ...


Without the people, it is simply interesting architecture, imho.


Also, I like the positioning of the people (simple, maybe, and somewhat random) but it does make a difference. I know because I have other shots, on film, that showed people, and they were all over the place in clumps (and it didn't look as good - at least to me).


I like the space and resonance of absence, in the shot. That's why I like the people positioned as they are (and no, those people aren't photoshopped in).


Actual people as shot, early evening, going home, I suppose.


Not sure, what I was trying to actually achieve with this photo, except maybe give it a surreal quality (hence a bw conversion with some modification to colour - slight blue tint added, and some contrast adjustment).


I spent awhile trying to develop this shot, trying to get the right mood/ ambience - surreal quality. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't ...


But, I personally kinda like it, for some reason or another ... :-)


Alternative Title (?) : The people with no faces, only briefcases ...


"Somewhere there are happy cities. Somewhere there are, but not for certain."

- Czeslaw Milosz.


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Taken on June 17, 2006