Standing on the Edge

A quick post today. In London for Pat Metheny’s concert at The Barbican last night. Absolutely superb.

I was in London at the Photographers Gallery ten days ago to see Burtynsky: Oil (sadly finished now). As always, compact camera in hand. I walked into one gallery and there was an isolated figure standing at a floor to ceiling window gazing out.

I had probably two seconds to get a shot, so I just fired. He moved away within a second of this capture. I was so lucky. All I had to do to this was slightly straighten the verticals and some simple processing. Some times you just have to go with your instincts, grab a shot first, and then do the thinking. If I had done the ‘thinking’ first I would have missed this.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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23 Responses to Standing on the Edge

  1. This is an engaging shot. I like the anonymity of the subject. At first glance (without reading your post) I thought that what is probably a paper catalogue in his hand was possibly the butt of a gun! It is clear that it isn’t but as I say it was a first glance. Great shot and reason to always have a camera in hand. Glad you enjoyed Pat Metheny. I always liked the collaboration he did with David Bowie for the soundtrack to the film The Falcon and The Snowman. Its also a great film featuring a young Sean Penn. Best wishes, PC

    • LensScaper says:

      Man thanks for those comments. I think he’s holding the Gallery brochure. Pat Metheny has done a huge number of collaborations. The stand-out one for me is the really laid back, melodic ‘Beyond the Missouri Sky’ – a collaboration with bassist Charlie Haden

  2. Wonderful capture and beautifully composed Andy.

  3. Len says:

    Always good to have that camera in hand ready to shoot. Excellent catch Andy. The silhouette really contrasts well with the rest of the image.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. I tried a conversion to black and white – but then realized how important those contrasting coloured elements are on the background wall.

  4. Your instincts definitely paid off Andy. Nice capture.

  5. oneowner says:

    Another reason to be ready with a camera at all times. Perfect shot.

  6. You say ‘lucky’ in reply to a comment above Andy, but you have a knack of making your own luck – well done!

  7. Marcie says:

    Love the silhouette..the anonymity..the not-knowing who or what he is. So wonderfully composed.

  8. hdrexposed says:

    This is outstanding man. The lines are just perfect and you’ve captured just the right amount of shadow. Well done.

  9. Adam Allegro says:

    Really like the way you processed this. The dark subject, lighted outside. I know how good it feels to capture something when you only have a split second to do so. Well done.

  10. seekraz says:

    Nicely done, Andy….

  11. Mark says:

    Yeah very nice capture.

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