I like pictures which ask questions, pointing us to the before and after; pictures which subtly slip from the confines of their frame, weaving their own wordless narrative before our eyes.
I like incongruous elements too, like the cigarette. Perhaps this might be Barthes’ punctum? (It reminds of a picture I have of one of my good friends after she got married in her big glamorous dress having a cheeky fag round the back of the church: not quite what you would expect).
I would tell you the story behind this, but it’s probably not as interesting as the one you will conjure up in your own head.
© Emily Hughes and searchingtosee, 2012
This photo perfectly illustrates the words in your post. The first paragraph, in particular, is great!
And thank you for reminding me about Barthes’ punctum. (Sigh, yet another book that I really need to re-read…). Regards, Steve
yes I re-read that a while ago (Camera Lucida) it’s such a personal book for him, so beautifully written.
thanks for your comment!
Interesting. They look like actors heading home for the day while still in costume. 🙂
Oh, the stories you could weave around this shot! Love it.
Looks like they’re on their way to one of those Renaissance festivals. 🙂
Their matching clothing and the soft tones of their hair are what I like the most. They kind of blend in with the stonework…very interesting photograph! xo
yes I love the tones too, the way they kind of blend in with the wall behind them. Very appealing. You are right it was a medieval festival! It was the end of the day, probably in need of a break and a cigarette and some time out. I’m sure they were a couple. They looked pretty intense like they might have been arguing, and they walked past again the other way a few minutes later, looking a little calmer.
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