People watching

We were back at Tate Modern recently to see a superb exhibition of the work of Modigliani. As always there was time to indulge in people watching in the Turbine Hall. Standing on the walkway and just watching the shifting patterns of people, trying to spot when potential compositions are forming and judging the optimal moment. I could stand here for half an hour and come away with nothing. On this occasion it was probably just a couple of minutes and this was the only image worth keeping.

Currently there is an eye-catching floor in the Hall – is it a slope or a set of steps? I wonder what you saw at first glance. It is actually a slope, well-known to regular Tate visitors but the colours easily confuse the mind.

The Turbine Hall is often the scene of installations and the current one is by a Danish artists’ collective called SUPERFLEX. Behind me are a set of three-person swings, that are the centre piece of the installation.


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'.
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15 Responses to People watching

  1. I like these shots, simple but beautiful


  2. paula graham says:

    What a superb place it is…love it there. You did a great job with that photo.


  3. Zezee says:

    Nice one. I thought it was a painting on the ground with some real people on it. The lady with the kid in the lower left looks like she’s part of the painting.


  4. ShimonZ says:

    Yes, there’s just enough uncertainty about the image to make it very attractive.


  5. I love your “people watching” images. You watch and capture so well 🙂


  6. shoreacres says:

    I saw steps at first, and even now that I know it’s only a slope, I still see steps. Even the woman and child in the foreground appear to be stepping up. It takes a close look at foot placement in other places to realize that no one could stand on the edge of a step that way.

    The selection and arrangement of colors is interesting, too. My first impulse was to see a rainbow, but then I realized that wasn’t what had been done. A rainbow wouldn’t have been as interesting as this.


  7. bluebrightly says:

    Not having visited the Tate, I was caught off guard by this, and then the fact that it’s a lovely composition comes into play, and the colors – terrific!


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