Monday, March 09, 2009

SHADOW PUPPETS - MONOCHROME ODD SHOTS

Echoes, past or present

Monochrome Odd Shots


During the course of taking the images I often rest a while with the ipod in between snapping on one of the many benches dotted around the town. Planning my next move. The music can be inspirational or a just a respite. In this case the germ of an idea. The last Shadow Puppets are a brilliant young group amalgamated from two other bands from the UK
whose music has many influences one of which is Scott Walker. Having the ipod on I didn't hear the walkers passing behind the bench hut but I did espy them. A gift of odd shot was about to occur with seconds to spare. Even at rest the camera is like Thunderbirds FAB and ready to go.
I only had one chance at this before the image here would be unattainable. The Shadow Puppets strings were pulled by the Puppet Master and the image saved for posterity. I've no regrets, no tears goodbye to them, and even if the sun ain't gonna shine anymore here I got the required image. Next! Another such recent image can be seen if you click here. Songs title and irony I am often guilty of with my posts when I am tired, bored or just be in a plain malevolent mood. Below though is not at all ironic.


Another more sinister and poignant group of images of shadows are the ones left in Hiroshoma after the Atomic Bomb dropped by the Enola Gay exploded. One of the most famous is the person waiting for the bank to open whose shadow became imprinted on the steps. Watches and clocks too stopped at 8.15am. One photo can be interpreted in so many ways however it was inspired, or could have no meaning at all. Interpretation, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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49 comments:

Carver said...

It is interesting how the same image can be interpreted so many way. I like the way I see something different when I look at this shot for a while. It sort of depends on what the eye focuses on. It's a very interesting image.

Mary said...

At first I laughed then I could have cried reading the second part. It haunts me.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love your last sentence. So true indeed. Great shot.

T said...

How you mixed sadness and laughter with one image is too clever. Just one gripe. You have not been on Facebook for weeks. Answer message. OK!

T

T said...

You know who I mean by T?
This photo is creepy.

Greensboro Daily said...

I like the idea of starting "tomorrow" before going to bed tonight. Your photo is thought provoking. Such depth, perspective. Good range of monochrome from dark to light.

Titania said...

Babooska I agree, otherwise how boring. Thank you for your visit to MW. I like the gulls, great birds with attitude.

Naturegirl said...

I would agree that this is a most interesting image!Great low level shooting!

Olivier said...

nostalgie, nostalgie, belle photo en b&w

Aileni said...

Interesting and haunting picture. Has to be enlarged to really appreciate it.

angela said...

I like the connection between the music and the image. It's amazing how our minds are opened by other stimuli..
Hiroshima: sad.

Ash said...

So true!

Dina ... UK said...

It is amazing how the grab a quick shot, can turn out so well....

Deslilas said...

Like a puppet on a string !

Robin said...

I've found in photography that it's often more what you don't see than what you do that makes the shot.

Very nicely done, and the thought-provoking text suits it well.

laxeylass said...

Very serious. Strange image for the promenade.

laxeylass said...

Very serious. Strange image for the promenade.

Sukia said...

Interesting and sad last paragraph.

Small City Scenes said...

Interpetation---YES!! MB

Carolina said...

What a great place to take a pause! And those shadows are fascinating.

George Townboy said...

Great shot and a thought provoking post!

Hilda said...

Very well caught! And what a gorgeous view!

Catherine said...

That was pure reactivity, Babooshka. You save the accurate second here.

mai said...

Timely image. The Hiroshma shadows are very poignant.

Bibi said...

I agree with the first commenter, and like Cartier-Bresson, you seized 'le moment decisif'.

JC said...

Beautiful shot... the shadows can add or be overlooked and still the shot is wonderful.

Peter said...

Always ready is the motto!

What you say about interpretation is definitely true, more for some photos than other!

Mary Helen said...

A way with words, your photos are great...What a gift you have.

Mojo said...

This really needs to be embiggened for the full effect. Very cool shot! I'd heard of that shadow image from Hiroshima, but if I've seen it it's been a while. I'll have to look it up.

Funny you should mention Scott Walker. A different (I'm sure) Scott Walker was the subject of my "Wrath" post for Kay's Seven Deadlies installment this week.

I for one and glad you always have camera at the ready. The stuff you get as a result is always a treat.

picture to words said...

well baboo ..these words from your líps.. is like getting the crown on the head

the white and black uis briliant ..
feed us more ..my eyes say thanks

Daryl said...

Well timed .. and the prose .. it was like resting on that bench and your narrative was the sounds in my 'ipod'

John said...

Great composed image. Excellent in B&W!

allhorsestuff said...

I loved the lines and mostly the two shadows figures, lurking on the right~

raf said...

Very enjoyable post notes, Babooshka, and an excellent image to cover both memes. Thanks to you!

dmarks said...

Great shot.

You are the 2nd Kate Bush fan I've found lately in the postcard blogs. And I'd found none before of any kind in the blogs until recently.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Beautiful shot and view.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Love the shot and the shadow puppets. I think the beauty of art is that it is all a matter of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. It is about what you see, and how you interpret it.

cieldequimper said...

Hmmm, a fabulous one. I can only say that I wish I could be one of those shadows.

Jackie said...

I like this a lot. Whenever I get this sort of shot it's more luck than judgement!

Liz said...

I like the contrast between the straight concrete blocks and the rough outline of the cliffs.

NovaS said...

very interesting, it turns out the pictures looks great...


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Dan said...

I think B&W gives you more lattitude in interpreting a scene or image than color. Plus, color is so ubiquitous that a B&W image has more eye-catching appeal.

diXymiss said...

Dramatic and interesting shot.

Joy said...

I can hear the wind and the water whispering.

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AbBy said...

just one word for this one...solitary.

Dusty Lens said...

Linear visual. Oddly enough, i too will have certain tunes dance in my head when viewing my intended posts. Perhaps I shall join in on Monochrome Mondays.

Dragonstar said...

I love shadows like that. What a fascinating synchronicity for you.

Joe Narvaez said...

Dramatic shot. Thought-provoking post. I like it!

magicpolaroid said...

beautiful b&w!!
Luis

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