'The Arms'

by Crosley John

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Category: Street

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Published: Saturday 8th of October 2011 07:51:52 PM


John Crosley

Sometimes when I am taking something when I am only subliminally aware of why I am shooting, I feel insecure, as here, but when I see it later, I feel proud.

Thanks for your comment.  It makes me feel like the whole experience is worthwhile.


John (Crosley)

John Crosley

This is a little 'light' and alternates with those 'dark' photos you have seen my post recently, one by one.

I just take what I see, and when I see something like this, I take it, and when I see a stray dog under a pedestrian overcrossing over train tracks and a mud puddle, then I take that too.

That probably is NOT Yogi Bear, unless it's stolen, because Ukrainians generally feel free to 'liberate' intellectual property, if you remember Abbie Hoffman and his slogans before he became a Wall Street securities analyst, which is a criminal occupation I once had.

The whole idea of the framing was NOT to capture the entirety of the billboard or the cut off verbiage (something usually that horrifies me), but to focus (literally) on the two central figures and their mirroring.

Still, there's just a little bit of darkness in this photo -- witness the leftmost man and his juxtaposition with the comic animal -- he's just a little dark or perturbed maybe?

There's a juxtaposition between the comic animal and the man's face, of course, and that is one of the contradictions that I always seem to capture.

They just seem to follow me around and jump into my lens, don't they?

Thanks for commenting, Samrat, as always.


John (Crosley)



Panayotis Papadopoulos

Well seen!  Cheers!

John Crosley
Samrat, about Chaplin

Your comment about this man and Charles Chaplin is very a pro pos.

But even if I did see 'Limelight', somehow I have no present recall.

However, I was bowled over by 'Modern Times' as was almost all of the world.

Yes, this is a small, even slight man with a Chaplinesque body/figure and stance; interesting that you should note that. I could have looked at this photo until the end of my days and maybe never have made that connection, now I never will be able to escape that connection, which is a good thing, since he is here an actor (straight man) in a comedy.


Very astute comment, which took some reflection on my part (about the 'straight man in comedy' role this Chaplainesque man is playing).

One reason I like such astute criticism is that such good critiques help make my photography look like it was somehow planned and/or executed on a higher level than it really was, and therefore elevates it somehow, and who could not be pleased with that?


John (Crosley)

Samrat Bose

This is a very 'light' photo, as it appears to me. The obvious one is of course the pose of the man and that of the bear (Yogi?) on the billboard.

What do you make of the man's looks? He reminds me of Charles Chaplin, both by his stance and also by his looks (remember Limelight?).

My first reaction was that I would have liked to see more of the billboard; it seems an 'incomplete' photo. However, I realised two things: in this frame, the eye is immediately fixated on the subject and there is nothing else in the billboard to arouse curiosity related in the photo. Therefore the composition was precise and to the point.


John Crosley
The cut-off word

The cut-off word, probably is konditorei.  Literally probably candy or confection.  According to my rudimentary Russian/Ukrainian.  I can always be wrong and welcome those who know better from their place of knowledge.

In any case, it fits with the illustration.


At least the bear looks like he is enjoying some candy; not the other guy who looks almost a trifle sour?


John (Crosley)

John Crosley
'The Arm' When man (or cartoon animal) rests, the issue is where to put the relaxed arm. These two have found a similar and mirroring place. Your ratings, critiques and remarks are invited and most welcome. If you rate harshly, very critically or wish to make an observation, please submit a helpful and constructive comment; please share your photographic knowledge to help improve my photography. Thanks! Enjoy! john

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