greg By: greg

kid with blue hair

So I had to be downtown yesterday, right? As long as I'm there, I figure I'll do my Thursday Walk a day early. So I see this vehicle entrance into a building and I'm totally smitten with the geometry of the shadows...but it doesn't really work as a photo. It needs a figure, is what I'm thinking.


So I put on my HCB face and I wait for a person to walk by (hey, it worked for him with that puddle). For like ten minutes I'm waiting. Woman in a red dress, I shit you not, walks up the sidewalk...and here comes a FedEx truck. Ruins the shot. Another five or ten minutes, and here comes this kid. And he's got blue-tinted hair. He's no woman in a red dress, but he's pretty damned good and you take what you can get. What I get is this one shot, then a car drives into the frame. By the time the car's gone, the kid's in the shadow.


Another five or ten minutes...nothing. Zip. Not a pedestrian to be found. So I give up. This is about half a heartbeat away from being a good shot. Some days are like that.

  • Sonya Butler PRO 5y

    It's still a good shot. It's a better story but it's still a good shot. There's just enough light on the guy to make him mysterious-looking. What's your HCB face?
  • Matthew Redmond (returning soon) PRO 5y

    such perfect shadows
  • Maureen Bond PRO 5y

    great storty here Greg, love the red dress and Fedex situation, I think we all have something like that to share, nice on here!
  • Carlin PRO 5y

    I agree. Maybe it's a trade-off, the story for the shot. You know about cake and all that. But it is a fine shot.
  • — kx 5y

    « So I put on my HCB face »

    oh, how good would it be for it to be available at retail... I shall work on a face, perhaps Saul Leiter — come to think of it, this one is closer to his style. I suppose none of this goes towards getting a puddle-on-demand.

    Seen on a rss aggregator. (?)
  • The 10 cent designer PRO 5y

    call me next time, I'll walk into your shot :)
  • Paul L Dineen 5y

    HCB = Henri Cartier-Bresson

    I like where the kid is. There's mystery in the darkness of the parking garage starting to envelop him.
  • Seldon Scott PRO 5y

    Isn't this one of the great beauties of photography though. It can transcend content, composition, technique and all the rest, and yet still place the viewer in the shoes of the photographer. It can convey emotion, or even the absence of emotion with so few clues.

    The fruitless waiting is palpable here and that moves it half a heartbeat closer...
  • jody miller PRO 5y

    Loving that geometry. And the kid words too.
  • David Hull PRO 5y

    Doh! The red dress and the garage lights would have indeed made this a truly great image!
  • Hyla Levy PRO 5y

    It's a great shot!!!! A beautiful, lonely, minimalist Edward Hopper.
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Taken on October 20, 2010
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