The lonely lost and disconnected characters of the big city. What is the rush, what is the point?
The fascinating characters and their juxtaposition agaisnt urban landscape continue to draw me despite the discomfort at privacy. Hungary's just passed a law banning this, what do you think? Incidentally, I posted two of these on dpreview Documentary and Street photography forum and received the following comment from Jeff Hladun, an experienced street photographer on #4 (it was both unexpected and got me to look deeper at my own images so I thought I'd quote it):
"This is very reminiscent of de Chirico's cityscape paintings, with brilliant light guiding our attention to the lonely figures in desolate yet intimidating urban settings, in much the same way de Chirico would separate his figures from the authority and oppression of his imaginary city. The figures look isolated against their surroundings, which is made poignant by the blind woman in red tentatively moving forward with the aid of a guide-stick. There is an irony here, placing a blind woman in harsh light, and it strikes me as a visual metaphor for the moment of exit from Plato's Cave.
Compositionally, what is so interesting about the image is the way the curve of the building's façade makes it appear as if the moment is tilted to the left (reinforced by the tilt of the right traffic light standard), even though the photo is level. For some strange reason, this leaves a feeling of paranoia with me, and at the very least lends an air of mystery to what is already a fascinatingly ambiguous story."