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These are the images I have chosen to be framed, and exhibited for the “Move Me” project. I find them engaging, because the people are engaging with each other. There is a connection between them and the legs show this. Besides showing the interaction between these people I also like the fashion element, especially the orange shoes in the bottom image. The middle image has an attractive detail, the black cross in front of the white skirt.

During the project I became more daring when I saw an opportunity. As much as I like candid shots, I also enjoy the interaction with people, and for these front-on images I had to get close. There was no way they would not see me, even though I tried! The girls in the middle image were deep in a conversation when I spotted them from the other side of busy Queen Street. The traffic had just stopped when I saw them, and I ran onto the street and took this image. Then I walked on and continued photographing other legs.

Half an hour later, a girl came up to me and asked me why I had taken a photo of her. I did not recognise her, but I explained what I was doing, and showed her the images I had taken so far. She asked me to go back to her image, so I kept pressing the button wondering, until she said: “there it is!” She was the girl from the bus stop on Queen Street, where I stood in the middle of the road to take the picture. It was a miracle that she found me, because quite some time had passed. She was happy to see I had taken a photograph of her and her friend’s legs. There is more to this story, but for privacy reasons it will not be published here.

The people in the photographs were fine with me photographing their legs. Little did they know that they were going to be framed!



It is amazing to see so many people with their mobile phones or music devices while they are sitting together. There is not much communication going on between them, they are in their own world.

Fashion Designer in the Making


This girl had chosen to wear two different shoes, and the dress she wears was made by the girl herself, her mother told me. I am attracted by the composition, and the combination of the colours and the lines. It will probably not fit in a series, but the sense of stillness, and the spirit of this girl move me.





Waiting to Cross the Road


What I find interesting about these women is that they each have a different dress style, from the business to the casual look. I like how every image shows one woman, positioned in the middle of the frame, how each woman wears a skirt and carries a bag, and how with every image the feet are placed closer together. The tiles of the pavement are the same style, and the top and bottom image show a similar white line on the road. There is a bit of colour in each image, and I like the flow of each image showing the person a little closer up. I find the bottom image quite cute, with the boots being so wide for the woman’s legs.

These images go well in the top to bottom sequence. I have also looked at placing them next to each other, but from top to bottom works better. They are a small size, and I am planning to print my final three images A3 size, and have them framed, so I will have to see if the top to bottom sequence would still work the best then.

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.



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?

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