Three plus one

The floor will do nicely as a place to chill out, take a break, talk with friends. The floor is free, you don’t have to buy a drink or food to use this space. This is Tate Britain in London – the vast central space where often there are major installations but at other times it is just a space to relax in. No-one is going to ask you to get up and move on.

I spotted this little group of young people. Two in deep conversation, and two additional peripheral figures. They may be all part of a larger group: some choosing to chat, others preferring to be quietly by themselves, or elsewhere in the gallery.

I was attracted by the ‘arrangement’. A triangle of figures, plus one – that ‘one’ facing away. The composition creates an inevitable tension; it asks questions with no definitive answer.

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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'.
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16 Responses to Three plus one

  1. Sue says:

    Well observed, Andy!

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  2. Heide says:

    I love how the oversized tiles make the humans seem smaller-than-scale, like toy figures in a giant bathroom.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Hi Heide. I hadn’t really thought about how big the tiles were in this vast space. But they need to be big to cope with the height of this area, and people do tend to look (and feel) small here – it is a remarkable central area in this famous gallery. On the outside the walls remain pock-marked by shrapnel from the bombs that fell close by in WW2

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I noticed the phone on the floor in front of one of the young women engaged in conversation. The other two (explicitly or implicitly) are engaged with their devices. To my eye, the phone on the floor’s as interesting as the people on the floor.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Young people and phones are inseparable. The good thing I notice is how many young people visit these galleries, assisted by the fat that the permanent collections are free to view – long may that continue.

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  4. seekraz says:

    Interesting, Andy…and it must be nice to have such a public place.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Figures in space, which I’m sure was inspired by the surrounding art. It’s great that you have this resource within striking distance.

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    • LensScaper says:

      We are within an hour’s travel time of London which is a real bonus. Galleries are always inspiring places for the art they hold and the art in turn inspires our own creativity. Sometimes it is the way that people react to art that is an added dimension

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  6. A wonderful image Andy. I really like how the figures are arranged in the frame with the tiles providing a great background. I’ve always enjoyed visiting this gallery.

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  7. Great eye to see this as a photo, Andy. There’s lots to ponder about this scene. 🙂

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