On our way to Greenwich last week to see the Turner exhibition (click here for images), we made a detour to have lunch with our son just off Gray’s Inn Road in Holborn. Gray’s Inn Road, like so many others in London, is lined with Plane Trees. The ones on this road appear old, they tower above some of the buildings and on our most recent visit they were just coming into leaf. The sun was out, the sky was blue, an opportunity for an image or two.
My first image (which I’m not showing you) was far from good. I used a wide-angle lens (24mm) to get the height, shooting diagonally towards the sun to show the translucency of the fresh foliage. The image was over-exposed, but more importantly what I thought I had seen with my eye hadn’t translated into an image through the lens. It looked like one destined for the bin. I changed the metering to deal with the over-exposure and looked at the scene again, seeking inspiration.
Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a mother with a pram and child, plus balloon, were coming into view. Instinctively I shot, widening the angle of view to 21mm. At the time I had no clear idea of quite why or what I was shooting. It was a subconscious decision. When I got home I uploaded the day’s shoot and looked at the image I’d shot. It was one of those eureka moments – I suddenly realized the significance of what my mind’s eye (my subconscious eye) had spotted. I cropped off a third from the top and from the left side and here’s the result. Honestly, I don’t recall noticing the colours of the child’s jumper or the balloon when I shot this. But it is the colours that create this image.
The family had come onto my ‘stage’, as if on cue, from the left (hence the rather obvious title). Pure serendipity. But I really do dislike having to create a title, an image like this doesn’t require one. Hopefully it speaks for itself.