Archive for June, 2012

Three in a Row


These three women caught my eye because of the way they stand, and form one “unit”. I had to be quick, because more people were approaching. I like how the two men on both sides of the image act as a frame for the women, and make them stand out, it creates depth in the image. The women look to me as if they are friends, by how close they are together and the whole body language. What also strikes me are the bare feet, as it was not a particularly warm day. The brown bag helps to add contrast to the three women and I like how the light falls on it.

Crossed Feet


 With street photography you cannot be systematic, you have to photograph anything interesting that catches your eye, and quick too, otherwise the moment is gone. Having said that, it is good to have a focus, and my focus is photographing legs in the streets of Auckland. I really enjoy this way of exploring, as what comes in front of my camera is always surprising and unexpected. I start off with a general idea of where I want to go and then just let it happen. For this project I went to Queen Street and surroundings in Auckland, including the Wynyard Quarter, as there are a lot of people, zebra crossings, bus stops and benches around.

In this series of three, it is interesting to see how some people have their feet crossed when they are waiting to cross the road. My favourite image out of this series is the top one, not only because of the colours, but also because of the fascinating way the feet are crossed. I have tried out to stand like that, and found it quite uncomfortable.

Notice that, in the middle image, the man with the crossed feet does not show his hands.

I cropped the bottom image and it gives a cleaner look, there is no distraction caused by the bright pink bag and the foot with the white shoe. At this stage I am undecided as to which image I prefer. Usually, I go for the cleaner look, but I find that in the uncropped, original image, the bright colour of the pink bag takes my eye to the man with the crossed feet. With the cropped image, my eye rests too long on the woman in the middle, then moves to the man on the left, and only then I see the man with the crossed feet. It is a subtle difference, and another argument for the cleaner looking, cropped image would be that it fits better in this series, as the other two images are also uncluttered.

Vivian Maier


Vivian Maier was an American street photographer. Her story is an intriguing one, and her candid, and often humorous photographs inspire and move me greatly. The PDF Vivian Maier, which I created, shows some of her images featuring legs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

For more information about this interesting woman, and to see her images, please visit:

New York Times Lens Blog – “New Street Photography, 60 Years Old” by David W. Dunlap – 7 January 2011.

New York Times Lens Blog – “Vivian Maier: Better and Better” by Kerry MacDonald – 16 February 2012

Chicago “The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier” by Nora O. Donnell



Although I do enjoy the subject of stillness, the images I have posted so far for the Move Me project, are not moving me enough. I was going through some older posts in this blog and was inspired by this image I took in 2010 of two women at the market. Funnily enough I wrote about stillness in this image: “The fact that you only see part of these women plus that they are in the foreground, adds a certain stillness to this photo even though it is a busy environment. The shiny asphalt, caused by the rain helps to enhance this effect.”

I enjoy street photography, and the unexpected opportunities, and chance encounters it brings. It is challenging and fun, so I will move away from photographing objects and will focus on photographing legs of people. They can be waiting to cross the road or at a bus stop, sitting on benches in town, or anywhere else. I like how legs communicate something about a person. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the way they stand, how they position their feet, and the clothes and shoes they wear. The images will document the fashion of the time, and this ties in with my interest in documentary photography. When there are two or more people involved, I want to show the interaction of the legs, and the relationship between the people, as can be seen in Louis Stettner’s image taken in Central Park, New York in 1997.

Louis Stettner – Central Park, New York – 1997

They are not sitting close together, are they work colleagues? The woman’s hands are pointing away from the man. The man’s hand and foot is pointing toward the woman. What does it tell you?

Out of the Blue


I find this image quite amusing as it looks like the lamp post just kicked the moon up in the air, and the moon is disappearing through the blue background. I like the gradation of the blue colour from darker at the top to lighter at the bottom.



The contrast of the white crane against the bright blue sky, and the sunlight that shines on the crane is attractive to me. The crane with its braces going crisscross looks quite chaotic, but in a geometric and organised way, and the blue space of the sky contains it all.

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