Critique Welcomed Diver

Discussion in 'Street' started by Brian Moore, Jun 30, 2021.

  1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    There is a small pedestrian bridge at South Lake Union Park in Seattle and one evening late last year this fellow stood on the crest of one of the arches making ready to jump. The drop isn't far,...maybe 10 or 15 feet to the water,...but the fellow couldn't work up the courage to jump. At least not while I was there (and I waited a while!). Finally I got fed up and shot this image and walked home.

    Olympus XA2 with Fomapan 400 film. Rodinal developer.


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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I think the image is all the better for it. Diving shots can be boring. Here the guy is literally and figuratively on the edge. Perfect.
     
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  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I agree and it is a rather fine shot, especially with that touch of movement in the right arm and that forward stare.

    He might still be there! :eek:
     
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  4. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks Rob. Your observation is a good one--he was indeed on the edge both literally and figuratively.

    Thanks Pete. Funny thing is that I walked past this spot the very next day and there were several boys --aged 11 or 12 I'd guess--repeatedly jumping from this spot. No hesitation; no fear. Big contrast from the previous evening.
     
  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ah, it takes maturity to introduce doubt...
     
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  6. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Valid point Rob.
     
  8. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Also a valid point Pete.
     

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