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October Streets

October Streets

 

For this October’s installment of Gwangju and provincial street photography, we can see the photo above. While technically taken several weeks ago in those waning balmy days of late September, it seems fit to introduce now that the weather has irrevocably turned towards autumn. While feeling the encroaching chill during last week’s Chusok break, it seems apt to remember just how recently we were complaining of feeling just a bit too much heat during the day, while prepping for cooler evenings after dusk.
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This week’s photo was taken in after dinner while the late afternoon sun began to accelerate towards the horizon west of Bienalle hall. The elongated shadows at the base of the figures present attest to this, while also hinting at the impending temperature drop. The two primary figures in the image also show this temporal in-between through their chosen dress. Still clad in summer garb, the younger girl to the right seems unaware of this shift. She walks to the right while casting a glance at the camera, all the while passing the older woman in long sleeves and pants with shopping stroller in-tow. In the bottom corners of the frame we can see hints of other passersby. Their flowing hair creates wisps of movement which, along with the industrial tubing help to frame the central subjects. Also in movement, the girls hair covers her face, assisting in changing a relatively static image to one which is both voyeuristic, dynamic, yet also bearing witness to the changing winds which have been rolling through our town of late.
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It will be interesting to see what winds are revealed in next month’s contribution to street photography in Gwangju. Until then, enjoy the season friends!
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[Image taken with a Contax T2 shooting Tri-x 400]
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(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)
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