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Solitude

May 6, 2008
Panasonic LX2, f8, 1/1300, 7,5mm, iso100, B&W JPEG edited in PS

Today was, simply put, a bad day. I decided to take a walk on the beach even when it was a bit windy. I wasn´t in the mood for making photographs today and was convinced I was coming home empty handed. At one point, this girl was walking ahead of me, and for some reason she cought my attention: There was something in the tranquile way she moved, I could tell she was enjoying her stroll, I coud feel she was really enjoying the moment of serene lonelyness. She was quite young. I find it difficult nowadays to find very young people alone. We feel the urge to stick toghether, and if our mobile phone is not with us when we leave home we feel unsecure, alone, naked…Then, she turned left and walked towards the edge of the avenue and stood there, alone, so quiet, staring at the empty beach just enough time for me to quickly get the camera out and grab this shot. Just after the shutter made it´s little cute noise, she started to walk again and dissapeared from my life…

I doubt that the shot can actually transmit the feeling I had. Sometimes I don´t even know exactly what moves me to press the shutter, but this shot changed my mood today.


P.S.:The most amazing thing is that SHE will never know anything about this…nevertheless imagine that she would be the cover of my blog for today…Strangers!

 

After going through today´s other pictures and doing some editing I couldn´t resist posting another photo for today…I might have to change the blog´s name to “at least ONE picture a day..”

“WIND”

Panasonic LX2, f8, 1/800, 7,5mm, iso100, colour JPEG converted and edited in PS

This is actually a paper serviett that got hooked in the bar and was “dancing” in the wind. If you look closely you can see the napkin in the first photo (solitude), on the right of the girl…

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Erik, Thanks for your reply on the Panny forum. I’ve decided on the LX2 after seeing your work and other peoples comments. This pic is a great natural, instantaneous capture. Wonder what she was thinking? I love this kind of photography. Candid moments. When I get my camera I’ll post some pics and wishes for the LX3. I’ll keep your blog site bookmarked. Keep them coming. Happy Trails, Ken


  2. Ken, thanks ever so much for visiting! You won´t regret going for the LX2, I am just SO happy I purchased it. It is filing my days with joy…Good luck and keep me posted with your new toy!!

    Best wishes, Erik.


  3. Solitude:
    This picture is amazing. I like the light, the mood and your story that goes with it. This is a perfect shot, one can feel exactly what you felt just by looking at it.

    Wind:
    I also really like this shot and see why you decided to use both. Great tonality and I like the composition. Like that you caught someone running along the beach so it adds more life to it.

    Your and Wouter’s blogs are the first thing I look at in the morning.


  4. Crisitian, your comments are allways so kind!! Sometimes, when yo are down, you feel strange things. Yesterday, while I walked, I had for a moment the feeling that coming up with a (reasonable) picture a day can be too demanding, that maybe I should slow down the process and post with less frequence..Your comments are really encouraging. Knowing that for a moment you managed to “touch” someone else and transmit a feeling is really rewarding…

    Have a beautiful day!!


  5. Thanks, I am glad that my comments are encouraging and hope you can keep up the frequency.
    It can be quite demanding as sometimes you just do not get any (good shots) to share but it’s always worth it when you get a shot like this.

    Have a great day yourself and looking forward to see your next pictures. 🙂


  6. You are so right about posting that “Wind” photograph too. It is simply stunning, Erik! Especially the combination with the person on the beach. Wonderful.
    And I agree so much with Cristi regarding the “Solitude” photograph. A perfect shot.


  7. Wouter, how rewarding!! it´s allways great to have you guys “on board”..

    Best, Erik.



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