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A beggar

 

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.

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A Teddy Bear

a-teddy-bear

 

One gloomy day I was walking along the road and saw this teddy bear – the ready-made composition (and a sad story) on itself. But film is sometimes surprisingly unpredictable, as you know. After the film was developed I noticed this even more gloomy and faded effect the film and a camera had put into it.

The camera, by the way, was the old Soviet Rolleiflex-like camera Lubitel 166, which is infamous for its glitching shutter. It had happened to me before with this camera and it happened that time, the exposure was longer than I set and that’s why the whole image is shaky.

Still, as I said, the story itself is pretty sad, so all those mishaps only add up to it.

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The runner-by

The runner-by.
The runner-by.

 

All the lucky chances came at once when I took this picture. First, I just waited for anyone to pass by the house and she appeared: playful and curious. Second, she didn’t just rush through the scene but made that jump onto the pavement and looked into my direction!

Oh, once I pushed the button I knew it gonna be a great shot. And to hell with some blurriness.