Weekly Challenge – Temporary

Nikon F3, Kodak Tri-X 400

 

It’s been a long time since I posted a weekly challenge but couldn’t pass this one by.

As my son grows up he starts to appreciate the moments spent with his grandma more and more every time. He knows she lives far from us and she comes twice a year to visit, and he knows she won’t stay long. That’s why almost all the time he wants to spend with her, skipping kindergarten and even being less time with us.

Feeling the importance of this time for both of them, we try not to disturb, and I use this opportunity to document those precious moments.

WPC – Band on the Run

 

Nikon D5100, Nikkor 50mm, Portra 400 film simulation

I never saw them afterward and I had never seen them before. It was only one quick moment on my usual way home.

As I was walking down the street I heard a strange noise disturbing the usual “soundtrack” of a busy street. That was the sound of music approaching. Suddenly these guys on a motorbike appeared out of nowhere playing something upbeat and funky. I had my camera with me but wasn’t ready for them as they jumped out of traffic and rushed away, and I thought I missed it. But then they turned around and for the second time, I was waiting.

The real photo challenge here was to focus, as I had a manual 50mm lens on my digital Nikon. Though the band is not exactly in focus, considering the circumstances I think it is still fine.

The paths we take

Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Kodak Ultramax 400

A man vs the world, one vs many, man vs nature, loneliness vs together, full vs empty…

There are so many possible interpretations to this photo and I have never realised that until now. It was taken in Moscow back in 2013. A friend of mine was visiting and we went out for a walk in the sun. The road we were walking along is pretty busy, actually, and suddenly we both saw that girl sitting on the sidewalk and there was no traffic to hide her. So we took photos simultaneously and moved on.

I’ve always liked the symmetry of those parallel lines and how the frame is overloaded with objects in its upper half while being empty in the bottom. But the idea of interpreting it in a philosophical way hasn’t occurred to me until now.

Putting it in the context of this week photo challenge, I wish I could take a moment and sit like this on the side and think about the paths I take and choose. I wish I could put this huge world behind a wall for a moment and have a break. To take a breath, to have a look at the empty road ahead and maybe see where it’s going.

Alas, it seems to be practically impossible, but one can hope, hey?

Rose Man

 

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200
Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200

After some relatively clear and straightforward challenges, this one is again… challenging. I didn’t quite get the idea of transmogrifying after the first read, but now I hope to have found a good match for the topic.

 

It might be too late now for the Halloween costume ideas, but this rose bouquet outfit seems quite scary.

Q is for quest

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 400
Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 400

I don’t do travel photography in the form of landscapes, extreme shots or other “follow me” stuff. But as a amateur photographer I’m always in search for something. And this is my quest: to try and see beauty, irony, paradox, usual and unusual, unique and common in our daily life. I’m on a quest for the shot.

I don’t say that this particular photo is the shot, but at least I like it for its two-level composition. It also looks like a double exposure shot which it’s not.

In the Park

on-a-bench

I don’t remember posting this photo and I’m too lazy to check the archives 😉

As I’ve missed the previous photo challenge that happened two weeks ago, I’d like to catch up.

Here is an old and mysterious lady in a park on the edge of a bench.

My guess would be it was shot with Zenit B camera with Helios M44-2 58mm lens and Portra film.

Stylish. Elegant. New

Olympus 35DC, Kodak Ultramax 400
Olympus 35DC, Kodak Ultramax 400

For those who don’t know Russian, the words on the poster are “Stylish. Elegant. New.”

Though I’ve got another accidental series about reflections I’ve decided to choose this picture for the weekly challenge. The topic is “Mirror” and this photo reflects it quite right (pun intended).

At the exhibition

Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)
Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)

Let me frame it for you:

1.

Earlier this week I read this wonderful post about one of my favourite street photographers Matt Stuart. There is also a video with him talking about some of his photos and the way he works. Strangely enough, only now I’ve realized that I’ve never googled any videos with him myself, but anyway.

Matt Stuart had a huge influence on me at the time I started. Even now looking at his works I feel this urge to grab my camera and get out there to shoot some great street pics. Just like his! I guess his ability to see paradox, irony, and humour in our ordinary life resonates with what I like about surroundings, and what I’d like to see in my pictures.

This one above was taken in Riga, Latvia near the railroad station. There was some kind of open-air exhibition and I just happened to be there and take some photos. I don’t know about you, but I can see some glimpses of Stuart’s style here, considering doves and legs 😉 or maybe it’s just my emotional bias (probably).

2.

Though I missed the photo challenge last week this one is about frames, which are aplenty in this photo. In all kinds of interpretation.

3.

I just personally like this picture no matter how good or bad it seems to others. Regardless comparisons to masters or haute street photography. And I decided to show it to you.

It’s fun!

This week’s Photo Challenge is about fun, and as it turned out, finding a proper photo wasn’t an easy task at all. Maybe it’s me or maybe Moscow is not exactly a fun city, but most of my film photos (as well as digital ones) except for personal archives don’t qualify for the topic. Another criteria for choosing was “What is fun?”. I know this is the point of weekly challenges: they leave interpretation to you, and that’s why it was quite a challenge for me to pick up suitable photos. Well, this is what it’s all about, a challenge, right? And it is fun. Also:

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