Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Songs of Innocence & Experience

Songs of Innocence & Experience

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The expressions and gazes of the two visible figures facing my way in a crowd of festival goers brought to mind the Blake title. A band playing in a style somewhere between ska, funk, jazz and rock had just ended their set on the music stage and had wowed the crowd on Ballard Avenue. (Click photo for clear image if it seems degraded).

22 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting observation and great shot. Black and white always makes things look vintage. MB

Julie said...

B&W makes me concentrate on what the photographer is trying to say.

Meead S. said...

Nice photo! I like the faces in the photo. Each of them look somewhere.

Bibi said...

My first thought seeing this photo first small on the portal was that it reminded me of scenes from an early 50's French film like A Bout de Souffle, both in the bw and in the boy's expression.

I used to do exclusively bw on my old Nikon F2, which I still have...and still use sometimes.
I like this photo very much.

Sherry Stewart said...

I love the look of wonder on thew boys face, he seems delighted about something. Curious , wonder what is behind these faces, Great capture Kim,,!

Abraham Lincoln said...

We used to love to go to the malls and sit and watch the people. Amazing how different we all are.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Laurie said...

OH Kim, this shot is glorious. I agree with Bibi about it being reminiscent of an early French film. I was thinking it is like an image from one of the French New Wave films by Goddard or Truffaut. This may be my favorite of yours yet.

Becky said...

I absolutely love this shot. Really. Good catch!

However, I must point out that you are wrong on one point: There are actually 3 people gazing your way. Don't neglect that female peeking over the shoulder of another crowd member. She seems to be smiling, though I can't see her mouth. What do you think?

Jilly said...

Superb shot. Perfect title and great commentary. The difference in the two - old and young, experienced and innocent - fascinating.

brian said...

the title is very appropriate... like the age of wisdom looking back on the innocence of youth....

babooshka said...

Another French film 400 blows, which just has to be seen. The world through a young boys eyes. The world weary adult juxtaposed against the innocence of youth. Terric observational image.

Chris said...

Love this shot, Kim! The kid's facial expression is priceless.

Sorry to cut-and-paste this, but I wanted to let you know I visited today. Being away from home while at school for 10 days has put me way behind here, and trying to catch up here has put me way behind on what is already coming due for school, and it's a vicious circle some days. :-)

Strangetastes said...

Terrific photo and clever literary reference, although Blake was a little more out there than this group. What would it look like if you cropped this down to portrait orientation, emphasizing just the beautiful boy in the Canada sweatshirt and the sinister man to the left, staring at the child's back?

Marcel said...

I thought that deserved a 5. Such and interesting shot.

jill said...

Wonderful street shot Kim.

~tanty~ said...

I like this B&W version. Wondering how it looks in colors :)

Kelly said...

Well caught! Great shot. A perfect post to accompany the photo!

USelaine said...

I like this cropped as it is, with the telephoto compression of so much humanity. To me, the boy is just young enough to not yet be eying the beautiful young woman he is passing, while the much older man looks at her with realization that she is unavailable to him. The man at her side is at the middle place in that life cycle.

Kim said...

Strangetastes and US Elaine have seen this grouping the way I did. Whether he's eyeing the woman or the boy, I caught a split second of one of those glances I hate people giving me in close proximity or to much younger people like my daughter.
Thanks for the comparisons to the classic B&W French films and for everyone stopping to comment here.
-Kim

Benjamin Madison said...

Wonderful photo. I don't think it needs a crop - one is immediately drawn to the kid's face and the crowd of people and the ominous man and the smiling woman in the background bracketing the kid perfectly capture that feeling of each person in his own little world. The hand-holding couple in the foreground also work beautifully thematically as well as for the composition. I wish I'd taken this photo!

Louis la Vache said...

What a marvelous contrast between the boy and the man on the left. Poetic image, Kim!

Pam said...

Wow! Great!