Not everyone’s cup of tea.

Not everyone's cup of tea.

Text and picture World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

There is an English expression ‘Not everybody’s cup of tea’, it means that something is not for you. That certainly applies to this photograph, it’s a Marmite picture, you either love or hate it. One of the wonderful things about photography is that everyone can interpret the way they see the world in their own way. A few months back I took an evening workshop in London, we spent some time near Southwark Cathedral, I noticed at one point four of the students were standing within 10 foot of each other. Were they all photographing the same thing, absolutely not, in fact they were oblivious of each other. Their cameras were all pointing in different directions and interestingly all pointing to different heights.

This is another picture from the Spitalfields series, it was taken around midday but in a narrow alleyway so not a lot of light. You can see how the light was falling into the alleyway by the picture. The middle of the frame is brighter than the edges so in effect there was a shaft of light dropping into the centre part of the alley leaving the edges darker, sort of a natural vignette.

Although not for everyone, for me in this photograph I like the textures and wording on the metal plate, the reflection of light from the wet patches and of course the muddle of wet footprints. It makes me wonder, where were the owners of the shoes going, were they together or just passing the same spot at the same time ? There is always so much to read into a photograph.

However back to the Marmite question, do you love it or hate it ?

Technical info: Nikon D80 handheld in Aperture priority mode with a Nikon 10/24mm zoom lens set at 24mm. The Shutter speed was 1’60th of a second and the aperture was f4.5. The ISO was 200. The conversion was done in Photoshop CS5.

 

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