Blocks and Stripes

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/125 sec, f/14 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/125 sec, f/14
[click image for larger size]

Sometimes a scene simply sings a little suggestion to me, a hint of what it maybe or even a memory, real or false. I suppose it is because I form a not-so-subtle and almost instantaneous connection with some of the areas I photograph, causing this emotion to exude out in a mostly musical manner.

On a Monday, I was arrested‘, the bassy, almost baritone vocals of the Man In Black started rattling around in my head, ‘On a Tuesday, they locked me in the jail (oh boy)‘, the song grew stronger the more I lingered on the view with the words becoming so prominent that at one point I thought they were spilling out of my ears, ‘On a Wednesday, my trial was attested, on a Thursday, They said guilty and the Judge’s gavel fell‘. Stripes! all over, not just my shoulders but everywhere and in any direction. It was a very interesting scene and I knew I couldn’t leave without one photo of it.

This photo was a solid ten minutes of waiting before anything fell into place and another twelve minutes before I left the area with only one other couple walking through the scene during that time. I had lost almost all feeling in my extremities by then and as the second set of people gave nothing more to the photo I decided to settled for the one pictured above. Although I would say that ‘settled’ is definitely the wrong word, as I do rather like this photo so… stuck with, stuck with fits nicer. Yeah. I stuck with my first composition… or should it be stick with?

I think the figure pictured in the photo seems a little woeful, an influence that I think stems from the great Johnny Cash himself as it was his song that kept me company though the whole endeavour. Of course I could just be projected that in as an after fact?

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

The person, which is usually very predominant in my work, is pushed right back in this photo. Not my first ideal but I think it works in this instance as I get to retain the human element without taking away from the scene overall.

In post processing I took the original image and increased the contrast, little darker, deeper blacks and little lighter, brighter whites all just to emphasise the graphical quality photo. Simple and easy, just the way I like the editing process.

All thoughts and questions are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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