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My Peachtree Street: Street Life As A (W)hole


This is, possibly, the closest I can bring myself to a candid street photography. :-)

My Peachtree Street: Street Life As A (W)hole


This is, possibly, the closest I can bring myself to a candid street photography. :-)

comments (37)

Close enough for a strong, successful image, my friend.
vz-nostalgia: smile It all depends on teh definition of "successful image", Alan. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Mar 2010, 03:13
Peepshow...industrial framing, too...

love it, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Peepshow... hahahaha... I know you'd prefer this hole to be in the fence of a nude beach, Ray. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 26 Mar 2010, 06:39
It's not easy to aim a camera at strangers. Some people have a real facility for it. I'm not one of them. I'll stand behind that barrier anytime. That is one tiny hole judging by how it compares to the size of the screw. smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Suzanne: That is one tiny hole...
VZ: I'm a big fan of tiny holes, Ms. Suzanne. smile
This is more about you Victor than the street scene.

vz-nostalgia: Is that a compliment or the opposite of it, Richard? smile One thing you are right about, though, I don't care about what's in the hole. To me, it could be anything and it would work the same. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Mar 2010, 07:20
They are so unaware of your prying prescence
vz-nostalgia: Good thing I'm not a sniper, Chris. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Mar 2010, 07:29
A voyeuristic view of the world Victor
vz-nostalgia: voy·eur (voi-yûr) n.
1. A person who derives sexual gratification from observing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others, especially from a secret vantage point.
2. An obsessive observer of sordid or sensational subjects.

Now tell me what you meant by that, zed. smile
I had in mind a similar shot to make, but thru a key hole viewed not a square smile Are you afraid of the street or you don't like to make urban photography? smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Delia: I had in mind a similar shot to make, but thru a key hole...
VZ: Oh, I would never do that, Ms. Delia. Is that legal in Romania? smile

Delia: Are you afraid of the street or you don't like to make urban photography?
VZ: I feel indifferent to candid street photography. It carries no message for me, and no aesthetics. I got a hold on a thick volume of Andre Kertesz' street photography the other day. Only a handful of photographs caught my attention from the whole volume, and most of those I already knew. smile Only one photographer can keep me on my toes, in terms of street photography. It's Elliiot Erwitt. He's so damn clever. It's not your average senseless snapping of street scenes we see so often. Check him out. A big master.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2010, 08:58
Cool shot, love the b/w.
vz-nostalgia: It's been a while since I had a "cool shot" comment on Nostalgia, Ms. Scarlet. That tells me how long it's been since you visited Nostalgia last time. smile
Awesome one!! Two thumbs up
vz-nostalgia: Really? What did you find so fascinating here, Ms. Chantal? smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2010, 09:46
A small start to treating your agoraphobia perhaps Viktor wink. Superb image. I like smile
vz-nostalgia: A shot or two of a single malt scotch could be an alternative worth to consider, SAVO. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2010, 09:47
Hiding behind the screen - doesn't count as street photography! Strangely enough I took an almost identical photograph a few weeks ago in London, though mine was through an opening in a brick wall. No surprises then that I like this one.
vz-nostalgia: :
Ingrid: Hiding behind the screen - doesn't count as street photography!
VZ: Hahaha... and I don't consider it as such, Ms. Ingrid. smile But not because I was hidden behind the screen. I think it's irrelevant. Tell me, what is teh difference between shooting from behind the screen and shooting from across teh street with a 400mm lens? smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Mar 2010, 11:01
vz-nostalgia: I saw a line today on shutter that I like:
"Eternity lies in a single moment's seed of light".
That is what our life is, a series of snapshots, until the last frame is displayed, and then it all goes dark. smile
Hide and seek, this and your words says you are a bit shy...!smile Its very well done and nobody knew you were there. smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Linda: ...this and your words says you are a bit shy...!
VZ: Hahaha... I'm not "a bit", I'm seriously shy, Ms. Linda. smile
Very clever, love the framing!!
vz-nostalgia: smile That's why God gave us 1300 grams of brain, F&F, so we'd do whatever we do in a clever way. smile Otherwise, what's the point. smile
Thats a neat idea a good comp'overall.Well thought out.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ron.
I like it Viktor - looks as though the gent with the beard might have you spotted!
vz-nostalgia: No chance, Tom. It was such a tiny hole. smile
PS to the earlier comment - I enjoyed your link to Elliott Erwitt - didn't know the name but had seen some of the images before. However, I see that he just about pinched one of mine smile See:
vz-nostalgia: Hahaha. Sure. smile
What do you find on Fickr that you don't have on shutter, Tom?
Viktor the Voyeur tongue Your reluctance has given you the chance to put a completely different angle on candid street pictures, even if you claim not to care about what is in the hole.
vz-nostalgia: smile Are you saying I should develop this into a series "A (w)Hole Street Life", Bill? smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Mar 2010, 07:30
I like the composition- a looking through a hole in the wall and snapping a daily- banal scene -a fine some ironical reflection of street photography!
I'm interested in street photography although I know the problems involved in- one of my favourite street photographers is Roman Vishniac, I own his book "The vaniahed World" in East Europe, the Jewish Stetls, Krakow... or Heinrich Zille as street photographer in Berlin - and social photography may be important and sometimes provoking necessary help, e.g. for street youngsters in Romania or Russia!
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: ...a fine some ironical reflection of street photography!
VZ: Nah Philine. There is no irony in this, as it's not about what is in the hole at all. smile

Philine: ...I know the problems involved in...
VZ: What are those problems that you know, Philine?

Philine: of my favourite street photographers is Roman Vishniac.
VZ: Vishniac was as famous a nature photographer as he was a documentary photographer (I guess, because was a biologist as well).

Philine: photography may be important...
VZ: Maybe, but I feel it's not my thing.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Mar 2010, 07:58
Sorry: reflecton on...
Serious street photogaphy should often be combined with a reportage describing the social situation, life conditions... in a preciser way!
vz-nostalgia: Could be, but we see plenty of that on TV. I think photography lost the battle in that field to the moving pictures long ago.
I like it..
Gives me a sense of hiding..watching all the fun outside..and being afraid to join..
vz-nostalgia: Now I see, you truly are a voyeur, Ms. Nadiuska. smile
brilliant image Victor,top notchsmile me likey smile
vz-nostalgia: I see you like the tiny holes too, Tim. smile
Neither a negative nor positive response Victor. Just an observation on your use of the resources available to create a less than conventional compostion ...

richard ;-)
vz-nostalgia: I see now. Just an observation... something like street photography. smile
''indifferent to street photography '' For you V' no message.

For me; even the most ubiquitous bland benal shot that I take reminds me not to take anything for granted. There is a message in everything that I do even though it might have been said many times before ....

Don't shoot the messenger ;-) richard
vz-nostalgia: Okay I won't. smile
Some people are indifferent to chocolate and champagne, Richard. That doesn't make chocolate and champagne bad products. smile We all change with time. Maybe one day I'll see more to it than just simple snapshots. smile
lovely little vignette
vz-nostalgia: could be a still frame from a movie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Mar 2010, 15:17
"What are those problems that you know"- this could the theme of a longer discussion -a wide field! Only one point: I sometimes miss the respect for the personality of the individual if he/she doesn't get informed to be photographed. I'm very impressed with a thought by Jean Améry who had to suffer as Jew in a horrible way during the NS-Regime and who lost his trust in the world; he lost the certainty that other persons "will respect my physical, and with it also my metaphysical, being. The boundaries of my body are also the boundaries of my self. My skin surface shields me against the external world. If I am to have trust, I must feel on it only what I want to feel." Some photo's transgress those boundaries (not only sexual ones), they 'touch' the skin of a person without asking them or without respecting that they possibly don't ever want to be touched by a camera. I find it sometimes problematical (and I myself am not free of a bad conscience) that visitors of a photoblog comment/make fun of the behaviour or looking... of the photographed person whilst/whereas he/she cannot reply on that and is not able to defend himself/herself! On the other side such street photo's are hinting to our daily life!
As teachers we are not allowed to publish a photo of a pupil/a class on the HP of the school without any personal agreement of the pupils or their parents!
vz-nostalgia: Oh, these problems, Philine. We've been through this discussion to a large extent, when I posted a picture of a young lady:
I don't want to go over this once again, as I have nothing new to say. smile
great shot - you could shoot a whole series through there smile
vz-nostalgia: I suppose I could. And possibly I will. smile
What a great shot! Great!!
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ms. Maimuna.
very nice...i like it
vz-nostalgia: what was it here that drew you in, Syaiful?
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2010, 12:50
this is one of my favourites....

you haven't done colour for ages now!!! NEED SOME COLOUR!!!! (
vz-nostalgia: "There is a time for everything... a time to be born and a time to die..." Have some patience. The time for color will come, Ms. Zhen. :=)
  • k@
  • France
  • 8 Apr 2010, 08:37
Maybe you know (if not, good ! wink how much i love street photography myself. I can tell you yours is a gem here cause it's not only street photography but you add that arty eye. Love your composition a lot. A masterpiece you "nailed" perfectly wink
vz-nostalgia: :
K@: Maybe you know... if not, good!..
VZ: :=) I know this too well, Ms. K@. That's exactly why you don't hear much from me. smile

K@: "nailed" perfectly
VZ: You mean I "screwed" the image to perfection? smile
  • k@
  • France
  • 9 Apr 2010, 19:59
Absolutely no problem, i can understand that very well, we can't enjoy & comment everything. This makes you very, mhh... human ? Sure ! wink Take care*
see people!!!!!
vz-nostalgia: They could've been bugs, people in that hole, Ms. Toun. For me, it doesn't matter. smile
  • Marta
  • Poland
  • 18 Apr 2010, 08:22
An interesting archive you've got here, I think this one's my favourite. Those people make two groups of lines, the bent ones, from the bottom to the left, and the straight ones, shooting upwards through the center of the photo. Plus the structure of the wall frame. It's all like a tale within a tale.
vz-nostalgia: smile You flipped through the whole Nostalgia archive and picked this one as your favorite, Ms. Marta? How interesting.
And it is a tale within a tale. I like it, when it goes in layers, and I'm often curious to know who will peel teh most layers among the viewers. smile
  • Marta
  • Poland
  • 19 Apr 2010, 07:45
That's right. Second places would be The Other Side of Ansley Park: Framed by Nature, You're Not the Angel I Once Knew and A Vision from a Well of Past (gorgeous feeling of 1980s!). But still, this one's my favourite and nobody will take it from me smile
vz-nostalgia: That's really strange, Ms. Marta. I have very few street photography pictures on Nostalgia (not my forte, street pictures mostly make me yawn smile) and you picked them all. smile
Apparently, we have opposite tastes in photography. smile.
  • Marta
  • Poland
  • 20 Apr 2010, 20:44
Actually, I'm not the urban-photography-kind-of-person at all; it's more about the simplicity of the photos and less post-processing, I guess.
vz-nostalgia: "Less is more" is the guideline I follow, Ms. Marta. smile
  • Chantal
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2010, 09:13
and what a great attempt! Genious how the people are framed and love how it isn't in the middle. very artistic
vz-nostalgia: Everything you described up above is called a composition, Ms. Chantal. smile
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