Rummaging through 400GB of digital mess turned this up, among many other amazing re-discoveries. These minimally-edited photos were featured at an exhibition at La Guinguette, a cosy bar by the Loire river in the charming city of Tours, in the summer of 2011. Using my old NX100 (a handy “hybrid” or “mirorless”), they were taken in Paris during one of my first trips.
First up, Stop and Stare. This will always be one of my favourite photos. I remember crossing to the middle of the road at the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and squatting down for a few minutes to get the right angle, composition and timing. The symmetry, the traffic light at amber, the positions of the pedestrian and the car not to mention the blue sky inspired the chosen title, coming from the OneRepublic song.
I feel that while everything seems to have come to a standstill in this photo, there is a subtle tension surrounding the amber-displaying traffic light right in the middle. For me, amber not only indicates preparedness to stop, it also gives rise to uncertainty: whether or not you can make the break for the red light.
As one stops and stares at the photo, instead of merely showcasing the geometrical and positional beauty of the composition, the photo ultimately asks a question.
I’ve become what I can’t be
Oh, do you see what I see?
I shall be sharing one photo per post in the following weeks, as part of the Deja Vu series.