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My Photo of the Day - taken by gionnired

Haven't I seen this scene before?

Photo by gionnired

I saw this photo as a print at Analog Life – Homeland Rumble in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands today and directly had to think of another well known photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson.
Here is a link to the photo in a german photoblog

So apart from reminding me of that photo, I still want to describe it.
First of all you see a room and someone on a bike. At first it looks like taken somewhere in middle east in a small street. But if you look more carefully, you can make out things that do not really belong in such an idyllic street as I imagine: for example the sofa. Actually you are indoors in a very huge room with a big hall. At least it looks like this. But why should someone ride a bike there?
What makes this photo also so interesting are the contrasts: black and white, soft and hard, round and angular, dead and alive. The stairs look so hard compared to the ceiling. And all those design pieces hidden in that photograph – the chair, the bowl, the sofa, the pillows and also the artwork at the wall next to the arch.
And still the question: Why is someone riding a bike in there?
My answer: gionnired wanted to make his version of the Bresson photograph and asked a friend to ride a bike in this fancy location – and it is well done.
Some more facts:
The photo was taken with a Fujica ST 601 (a SLR camera) loaded with Fuji Neopan 400 black and white film in Mantova, Italy.

written by mephisto19

4 comments

  1. sherritoda

    Tutti i prodotti :

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  2. gionnired

    gionnired

    I'm really glad to read this very well done analysis about my photo! I'm really proud of the fact that you compared my picture to that of Bresson. When I took the photo I haven't thought of trying to recreate my version of that famous photo, but I wanted to stress the contrast between modern and ancient design. The final touch was to add an element of contrast to the homely atmosphere of the scene: my friend riding his bike.

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  3. trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    at the first sight I actually thought it was an hommage to the works of M.C. Escher. Great picture anyhow.

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  4. sirio174

    sirio174

    splendida

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