Thursday, January 16, 2014

J'adore black and white photos

So here is a black person and a white person in this black and white photo. The photo is taken in a Tube train on the London Underground and I foolishly did not record where I found the photo. I scrolled through quite a number of photos taken on the Underground in the 70s with despair as none excited me, but this almost last one did. It is a simple photo, but there is often so much to be gleaned from a simple photo.


I will leave it to you to see what you see in the photo and I am pleased to have not used the word encapsulated, so don't you do it either.

Btw, I have searched before but without success. There was an English (90s?), probably made for tv movie about a photographic archive and how a crime was solved. One cast member may have been Richard Griffiths, known to me previously as chef Henry in Pie in the Sky. The blonde actress was a bit like Joanna Lumley but I don't think it was her. Anyone know the name of the show?

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  1. What do I see in the photo? In a word - no two words - comfortable diversity.

    Opposites at ease, maybe even attracting each other. Peaceful co-existence.

    A lovely photo.

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  2. Those seats look far too comfortable for the tube!

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    1. Fun60, I am only going by the heading at the site. Note all the butts on the floor.

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  3. That is a lovely image. And has my brain racing, wondering about the story.
    Are they together? What is the relationship? What has tired the small boy out?
    And, of course, what is the book which has the older man so engrossed?
    And when travelling I eavesdrop, and make up stories about fellow passengers. Always.

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    1. EC, it is possible that they are together, but to me it seems unlikely. I too gaze about wondering about fellow passengers on public transport.

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  4. I saw a foreign film recently (part Buenos Aires) where the detective finds the murderer through a series of photos where the rapist/murderer is found to be looking at the victim in each one. "Silent Eyes"? Maybe.
    The boy in this photo looks old enough to be traveling alone. Regardless, it's a really nice photo.

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    1. Sounds similar Rubye. I can't remember it really well.

      It looks like he is coming home from school a bit late.

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  5. I see nothing unusual in the photo apart from the fact it appears to be a waiting room rather than a train.
    No idea about the TV show.

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    1. Fairly sure it is a train River. The timber slats in the floors tell me it is.

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  6. I love that you can just make out the photographer in the window

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    1. Fen, I feel utterly stupid for not noticing.

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    2. I saw the reflection but didn't know what it was, I thought maybe a painting on the opposite wall was being reflected.

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    3. There are two of us then at least River.

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  7. I love the photo. If it were taken now I would hope the races of its subjects wouldn't even be thought about by most people. Back then, it would have told another story.

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    1. Mitchell, indeed it was a different time with different attitudes. Now the white and black English are together against the Eastern Europeans.

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  8. I also love that Fenstar de Luxe noticed the photographer's reflection in the window. I would have missed that, too!

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    1. Some people have a good eye for such things.

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  9. Yup noticed the photographer straight off and that the lady in the poster now looks forward to Monday :))

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    1. I did notice the poster at least Grace.

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  10. That's a real nice artistic photo ! It must be very old because the tube seats have changed, lol !

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    1. I'm sure they have changed Gattina. I can't really remember what the seats were like a few years ago.

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  11. Hi Andrew

    I felt sure Ms O'Dyne would have gotten here before me. The TV drama you're thinking of is Shooting the Past, written by Stephen Poliakoff and it's Timothy Spall who plays the lead.

    xxx

    Pants

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    1. Brilliant Pants. I wonder if it is as good as I remember. Of course it was the wonderful Timothy Spall. The female was Lindsay Duncan, whose name I don't remember.

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    2. I was enormously moved by Shooting the Past and refer to the film often. Lindsay Duncan was brilliant.

      Most films stay in my mind for a fortnight or until I see my next film, whichever comes first. There are perhaps 10 films that will stay with me forever - this is one of them!

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    3. Hels, while only a telemovie, it certainly stuck in my memory. It is on You Tube and I have now watched 2/3rds of it.

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  12. You might like Ansel Adams, a brilliant B&W photographer. There is/was an exhibition of his works in the Sydney Maritime Museum

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    1. I just had a look at some of photos Bill, and they are brilliant. I'm also a fan of Max Dupain's works

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  13. Saw the reflection but couldn't figure it out...both of them seem so much at ease - cigarette butts oh dear - things have changes

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    1. MC, it is a pity they didn't change before the terrible Kings Cross Station fire, started by a cigarette.

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