Mannequins

Mannequins. Lubitel 166B, Kodak T-Max 400

Found this frame in my Moscow archive. Always thought the people here looked strangely similar to the mannequins.

WPC – Band on the Run

 

Nikon D5100, Nikkor 50mm, Portra 400 film simulation

I never saw them afterward and I had never seen them before. It was only one quick moment on my usual way home.

As I was walking down the street I heard a strange noise disturbing the usual “soundtrack” of a busy street. That was the sound of music approaching. Suddenly these guys on a motorbike appeared out of nowhere playing something upbeat and funky. I had my camera with me but wasn’t ready for them as they jumped out of traffic and rushed away, and I thought I missed it. But then they turned around and for the second time, I was waiting.

The real photo challenge here was to focus, as I had a manual 50mm lens on my digital Nikon. Though the band is not exactly in focus, considering the circumstances I think it is still fine.

Rose Man

 

Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200
Olympus 35DC, Fomapan 200

After some relatively clear and straightforward challenges, this one is again… challenging. I didn’t quite get the idea of transmogrifying after the first read, but now I hope to have found a good match for the topic.

 

It might be too late now for the Halloween costume ideas, but this rose bouquet outfit seems quite scary.

One direction

Nikon D5100, imitating Ilford HP5
Nikon D5100, imitating Ilford HP5

Once upon a time I posted this photo I managed to take in a split of a moment. So this is basically the next shot on my camera.

After I passed those girls on my way down the street I stopped at the crossing and saw these guys. Suddenly they both looked in one direction, having seen something unusual I guess, judging by their face expressions.

Originally a digital image, it was cropped and post-processed to look like a film one. This is a new version in b&w, which kinda looks better and reflects my current street photography preferences. The previous version from 2012 looked like this:

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What’s your thought?

P.S. Oh, and it might be just the picture I needed for that Nostalgia photo challenge.

A beggar

A Beggar. Lubitel 166, Kodak T-Max 100
A Beggar. Lubitel 166, Kodak T-Max 100

I’m not particularly fond of taking pictures of homeless and destitute people. When it comes to ethics in street photography this demographics is one of the most controversial topics. And one of the most popular to shoot as well. And as long as I don’t want to make any statement with my pictures I prefer not to opt for this quick-n-easy street scene. (Eric Kim has got a very good video about ethics in street photography)

But this photo is an exception. The building behind is the headquarters of one of the largest oil companies in Russia, so the opposition or contrast here is kinda obvious. Something along the line of poor-rich etc. When I saw this woman I thought “well, that’s just symbolic. Russia is one of the biggest oil countries in the world, and those companies earn billions of dollars, and almost every one of them belongs to the government at least partially. So how come there is no proper social care and help for these people?”

Another way of looking at this photo, considering the background, is that the woman begs the rich in that building for some money.

You can think of your own message as well, so I’m not going to go deep into the analysis. Just let me know what you think of this shot in the comments.