This follows on from my previous post. I was on my way from Charing Cross to Southbank via Hungerford Bridge. About a minute’s walk after taking the images in Passing By, you reach a long narrow closed-in passageway. A bit claustrophobic and potentially not a place you might want to be on your own late at night. But during the day there are always people coming and going, too many of them really, you have to be a little bit patient to catch just the one or two people in transit.
This is another spot I have photographed before – see At the end of the Passageway posted earlier this year. Back here again, I just had to stop and take a few more pictures. I waited at least five minutes as people came and went. Shooting down the passageway with a Tele Lens on a dSLR, I did not feel comfortable shooting people coming towards me. So, I had to wait until there was a pause in the ‘traffic’, and wait for someone to pass me walking away from me and catch them just as they approached the end of the passageway where daylight spilled onto the end wall.
The first shot is a contrasty processed image converted, of course, to B&W and with a bit of posterization added. I then thought: I wonder what this would look like solarized? I clicked the button, adjusted the levels and up popped this. Cutouts! Perfect Cutouts.
Solarization is such a fascinating option to throw at a B&W image (and I know I’ve said that before, but it still keeps surprising me). You never quite know how it is going to turn out. In this case, the only part of the image that has really changed in a significant way is that small area at the end of the passage where the original tones have been partially reversed. And then there is that wonderful bonus: the appearance of the Mackie Line – so typical of Solarization – that delineates what was, in the original, the demarcation between shadow and highlight.
Tomorrow, another image from the Hungerford Bridge walk.
And in case you haven’t checked out the previous post, the reason I was crossing over to Southbank was to see a superb photographic exhibition by Charlie Waite, one of the UK’s best known and highly respected landscape photographers. His exhibition is on display at the National Theatre until 16 August. Don’t miss it. Click here for details.