a multi-disciplinary dialog
Posted by Karl Zipser on April 2nd, 2007
Filed in photography
Here is the complete version of the picture. I made this in Amsterdam some weeks ago.
I love the street scene, bicycles, people pushing a stroller and a puppet with a bathing suit in the shop window.
Most of all, I love the looks of the young woman. She does not give the impression of someone holed up in a farm in Maryland, painting large pieces of abstract art for her shrine celebrating her death.
She appears to interact with someone else and looks reasonably happy!!!
I like the cropping of the central figure, who appears to be engaged in some unspecified social interaction.
The woman seems very happy to finally be out of Maryland :)
The very wide format suggests the aspect ratio of movies, which in itself implies a narrative. Karl, are you working on a series of these? I like this one very much, and would love to see more.
I like that it’s in black and white! Looks a bit warped, though, was this stitched? Not necessarily a problem, I just noticed. Street scenes make great panoramas if you can deal with the constant change. Narrative is suggested, as David said, and the material is there.
Guys and gals,Those are not puppets in the window, those are real life whores.
This scene is cropped but not edited in any other way. I have some more photos. I’ll show some more next week.
It takes me back to the bike scene titled Rack – do you remember?
I love images that show part of a scene or hint at something much larger. Paintings and photos can be of one size, but the hint of something beyond the boundaries of the canvas or frame can alter the viewers perception of the size of image before them.
Vaguely, I had wondered about the person sitting one flight up with crossed legs. Earlier, I had only noticed her(him?) in the panoramic view, but now, I also see her in the cropped view. In the cropped picture, the fully dressed blonde had, until now, captured all my attention.
First, I don’t think we can see prostitutes in shop windows in the good old US. Second, if such a thing existed, there would be policemen, not babies in strollers in the same street.
How do the Dutch manage such an innocence of mind?
What I like about this image is how the close, central figure (who’s world warps away (the curbs!) from her) is oblivious to ME, yet the Ladies across the street will…
while in between, all generations stroll by.
And have bikes ever been less Innocent?
Amsterdam and all the glories it can offer on one side of the street juxtaposed against the startled look of a passer by looking at more of what the city can offer on the other side of the street…
I’ll need to look into it, but I think the apparent warping of the street is real, because there are canal bridges on the street just of the edges of the photo, and the street rises up to them.
Great point. Juxtaposition of an interesting scene and the reaction of a viewer to another scene that we cannot see. I think there is more good work to be done along these lines…