A bit of a departure from Lartigue, today I will speak about an image by Sabine Weiss. Sabine is a sublime photographer, who built her career when women photographers were not as respected as their male counterparts. She proved that she deserves her place among the greats.
This image of a man, running on the streets of Paris has all the hallmarks of a Romantic image. The high contrast image is not something you will glance over. The cobble stones give you a sense of place, and the 1950's car in the far left background gives a sense of time. The rays of sun, coming through the trees is common enough that we have all seen it. The image of it tickles memories we all have. The long shadow, so typical of later afternoons gives the image power. The open armed running is something of our youth and the feel of afternoon calm permeates the image.
I can imagine silence, broken only by the sound of leather shoes hitting the cold cobble stones. The light is fading fast and he needs to get home, perhaps from seeing his girlfriend. Maybe he is running to catch a train or to meet someone important.
This is an image of life, movement, light and dark. The long shadow, so much larger than the young man who made it makes his running seem a bit useless. It is as if he is running to catch a train and he knows it has already left. Maybe with his love on board...
I love to catch these nostalgic pictures, but rarely do. Below is an image I shot while waiting for the early morning train. It was winter in London and I was going into work. In came my 06:44 train and I used my Olympus Stylus to capture the image on Ilford FP4.
The focus is just off due largely to the early morning fog. There is enough light to see the track, some dark shadows of the other passengers and the bright light of the train coming towards me.