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.