eastside story

Posted by bluechameleon (Vancouver, Canada) on 14 October 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

“Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.”
-- Simone Weil

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Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful POV and composition...love that powerful silhouette of the man on the left, mysterious and enticing...great light...magical!

14 Oct 2009 5:17am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I really like this, love the shadow and light

14 Oct 2009 5:34am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Interestingly composed...the deep B&W seems to have a message, as does the crowd...
it has either a mystical or menacing feeling about it...unconscious, as it says in your quote.

14 Oct 2009 5:36am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I imagine menacing. best...jerry

14 Oct 2009 5:44am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

I always love your street shots, Sharon. Always so complex, with lots of action and stories to tell, great light and drama. I saw that you have this tagged as Seattle and I'm trying to figure out where it is! Wonderful work, as always.

14 Oct 2009 5:51am

a.h.lex from Jena, Germany

a fantastic streetphotography shot! to the title east side story: one song in in my ear:

"You better run you better do what you can
don't wanna see no blood don't be a macho man
you wanna be tough better do what you can
so beat it but you wanna be bad

Just beat it beat it
no one wants to be defeated
showing how funky strong is your fight
it doesn't matter who's wrong or right
just beat it just beat it "

14 Oct 2009 6:00am

Ken from United States

Blue, Another great image!
I put my vote in for ya!

14 Oct 2009 6:45am

@Ken: Thanks so much Ken...appreciated :)

Angel from Madrid, Spain

The game of lights and shades is skillful. The resistance and those hard shades give all the character to this urban taking. You dominate the Black and white one perfectly

Warm greetings

14 Oct 2009 7:08am

STEED from Gueret, France

Blue C. You're the Best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Oct 2009 7:09am

@STEED: ...you are very kind. thank you :)

Frida from Sweden

Excellent street capture. Lots of thing going on here.

14 Oct 2009 7:10am

kiji from valenciennes, France

very nice mood! I love this street shot with mysterious shadows

14 Oct 2009 8:15am

Brian Chen from Seattle, WA, United States

WOW, cool shot, were you JUST in Seattle? I have never sen that many people in post alley before. This was the spot where I took the first photo that got me hooked so seeing this shot by someone else is awesome!

14 Oct 2009 9:02am

@Brian Chen: Hi Brian, and thank you. Yes, I was just in Seattle this past weekend. Well, I got lucky with this shot, the light and the people, that is for certain. I love this part of town, but than all of Seattle is magical for me.

k@ from Paris, France

Love the strong silhouette and the detail of the thin cigarette between his fingers. Alone in front of the mob, and yet, he'll go, go !

14 Oct 2009 11:10am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

A dark story! Excellent strong silhouette. Well done!!!

14 Oct 2009 11:47am

crash from Weehawken NJ, United States

something about that silhouette of the guy in the foreground and his cigarette, he looks a bit dodgy!

14 Oct 2009 11:56am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Extraordinary light...and a wonderful sense of mystery to this street image.

14 Oct 2009 12:01pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I have a hunch some story is going to begin.

14 Oct 2009 12:32pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

wonderful contrast of shadows and lights.

14 Oct 2009 12:43pm

6ft5 from stockholm, Sweden

Wow. the silhouette in the foreground is almost scary. Great image!!!

14 Oct 2009 12:46pm

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great use of the light to create this image ---

14 Oct 2009 1:11pm

STEED from Gueret, France

Hi, Sharon,

My Camera is an old Fujica,with argentic films.....................................and he makes excellent pictures....


14 Oct 2009 1:29pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

if this is the famous or infamous eastside of Vancouver I guess they will soon be cleaning it up for the Olympics.

14 Oct 2009 1:44pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

love the lighting

14 Oct 2009 2:12pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautful street photography ! great contrast ! love the silhouettes in the light !

14 Oct 2009 3:00pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

A great shot !! Love all theses silhouettes... Well done !!

14 Oct 2009 3:16pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

I remember seeing this place as well, from Brian's site! Sure looks busy compared to the shot he took, great live movement here!

14 Oct 2009 3:45pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a beautiful street scene or blend, shade and light, a delight, sharon!
Five stars!

14 Oct 2009 4:02pm

Evita from Canada

Awesome black & white!
I think the youth of today is often really misunderstood. Many older people have a set way of how things ought to be, but the youth of today is showing that a change is needed...

14 Oct 2009 4:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The worlds of light and shadow meet. Some people are comfortable in both worlds, some aren't. This is such a rich B&W image. Love it.

14 Oct 2009 5:33pm

Fritsch from Berlin, Germany

"East, baby, where the South Street floats into the sky / Tonight east is all I need to finally start to feel defined" (Marah)
I know I can only repeat myself but I have to say it again: What a beauty, Sharon! Your light, your frame & your tone make my days worth waking up. Thanks for this great one. All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

14 Oct 2009 5:43pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

une imagination sans limite et un œil au regard fantastique, la recette bluechameleon, du grand art, superbe ^^

14 Oct 2009 7:07pm

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Wonderful light, shadow and details. Stunning bw!

14 Oct 2009 7:28pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Quel titre extra pour une photo extra aussi

14 Oct 2009 8:00pm

roamin from Nova Scotia, Canada

Hesitation, expection, enough body language here to make one's head spin.
Excellent character studies and composition, Sharon, well done.

14 Oct 2009 8:34pm

R.J.Dee from Ettlingen, Germany

faceless figures in a shadow world - great !

14 Oct 2009 10:11pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous silhouettes and light and shadow. Fine composition.

14 Oct 2009 10:15pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Great observation for a great pic.

14 Oct 2009 10:31pm

RPepper from Brooklyn, United States

Absolutely fantastic street shot. Love it!

14 Oct 2009 11:02pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful uses of dark shadow and contrasting bright light!! love the textures, the patterns and the random shapes of people!!! oh -- and i simply love that quote too!!! so true!! faaabulous!

15 Oct 2009 1:04am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful view on that alley with the people going up or down. Nice pavement too.

15 Oct 2009 1:08am

rian from mobile, United States

i like the mood of this urban scene you captured.. nice work.. :)

15 Oct 2009 2:01am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

I have to admit that this is a great secret to me and too much time was spent on this photo...Great!

15 Oct 2009 3:15am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic b/w urban scene. Life portrayed in its movement with a very interesting mood.

15 Oct 2009 4:42am

jpla from St Barthélémy d'Anjou, France

Grand contraste ! Bonne journée.

15 Oct 2009 6:23am

Alex from Barcelona, Spain

Me gusta el juego de sombras que has logrado en esta fotografia, buena iluminacion.

15 Oct 2009 9:01am

Elaine- from Canada

what a strange looking scene, to me anyway, everybody in the picture appears to be doing not normal things lol if that makes sense... it's wonderful, well done you!!!

15 Oct 2009 10:14am

/\/\ ! /\/ /\ from Tehran, Iran

Nice capture.... nice light! :-)

15 Oct 2009 12:46pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

you can feel the magic waiting to happen!

15 Oct 2009 2:56pm

dan from Paris, France

The crowd has perfect need and of imagination to go out of the everyday life of the life

15 Oct 2009 7:20pm

grant from kansas city, United States

love the light and shadows here.

15 Oct 2009 10:51pm

Veronica from Bucharest, Romania

very mysterious, i love it!

16 Oct 2009 9:52am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent street scene! Love the light! Bravo!

16 Oct 2009 11:08am

Ivar from Indianapolis, United States

Great street shot, great light..

16 Oct 2009 3:06pm

pando from Elblag, Poland

Nice play of light and shadow!

18 Oct 2009 7:07am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Makes me think of the horror movie I watched last night --Prince of Darkness.

18 Oct 2009 6:58pm

mohammad_hosein from Tehran, Iran

good compsotion !

19 Oct 2009 3:40pm

mohammad_hosein from Tehran, Iran

and nice contrast !

19 Oct 2009 3:40pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

i like this one very much, there's a feeling of "déjà vu", the feeling this photography comes a very far remember, maybe from another life?

5 Nov 2009 5:57pm

Nikon D70
1/250 second
ISO 200
70 mm


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