Stationary

Today, we metaphorically climb the staircase at Tate Britain that was the feature of my last post – Disappearing Act – and very shortly find ourselves in a vast dimly-lit, high-ceilinged cathedral-like space. The contrast from the brightly coloured staircase was dramatic.

I stood in this space and watched people – dwarfed by the space – moving through it and others standing stock still. A Canon G10 was not the ideal camera for use in such a space. It had the advantage of being unobtrusive, but not best for low light, rapid fire or ease of focus. A pillar provided the support, and I anchored the camera and took some images.

IMG_5036Most images were duds. This was the one stand-out image. It could be sharper and it’s noisier than I would like despite Topaz DeNoise, but it sums up this vast space. I’m not sure if this man was really staring me down, or whether it just looks like that, but at least he stood still at the right point in the frame. For which I am grateful.

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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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16 Responses to Stationary

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    That is quite the impactful composition Andy. The light and shadows really define the scale and, yes, he is staring at you…

  2. Yup I think he his looking at you. I agree with Len…the composition is spot on.

  3. oneowner says:

    It does look like the man in the photo is making eye contact. I think that adds to the overall effectiveness of the shot.

  4. Mark Summerfield says:

    Glad you were able to keep the man in the frame as it provides the necessary reference for the sheer scale of the place. His positioning provides a nice piece of drama to the image as you are not really sure what he is doing there, leaving a whole lot to the imagination.

  5. Wolfgang says:

    Great shot! I like how you captured the ’emptiness of the space’, especially with the man as point of reference, and the play of light and shadow …

  6. Wonderful shot, Andy. I agree with Mark, the man brings scale to the place. The image also has a softness that I like, which adds to the mood.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Jimi. This is a vast space, you come across it quite unexpectedly. I must go back there again and see what else I can find to capture.

  7. Jim Nix says:

    nicely seen and shot Andy!

  8. ehpem says:

    This is a great example of how to shoot a place like this. The image really jumps at me in a way that it could not without that man. There is a hint of belligerence about him that adds tension.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for that comment. I’m pleased to report that the look of belligerence you detect didn’t translate into anything worse. I took the shot and nonchalantly departed. It was only back home, enlarged on screen that I thought it looked as if he was staring me down.

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