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Eye Contact

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 25 July 2007 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I was walking along the pavement in the historic city of Chester when this strangely dressed Lady looked at me through the window straight in the eyes. I sometimes get a cold look when I try some street photography but a smile usually does the trick - not in this case I'm afraid as she looks seriously 'not amused'!

My daughter said afterwards that she thought it looked like a ghost!


PS - for those among you who are into buildings, this is an original timber frame building and is at least 300 years old. If you look at the panes of glass in the window you will see from the uneven reflections that the glass is handmade rather than modern machine made 'float' glass.

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Gilles Daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada


nice shot
nice comment : ... she looks seriously 'not amused'!
i'm still laughing

25 Jul 2007 5:19am

@Gilles Daigneault: Thanks Gilles - glad you liked it!

ColNed Pictures from Amersfoort, Netherlands

Excellent eye !! and I go with Gilles.

25 Jul 2007 6:45am

@ColNed Pictures: thanks Colned!

ally! from Singapore, Singapore

i love the framing. yes indeed she looks positively peeved about getting her shot taken ;)

25 Jul 2007 8:09am

@ally!: funny isn't it that someone would have their portrait painted with that expression and then choose to keep the result!

alla from Toronto, Canada

ha! nice capture!!

25 Jul 2007 3:14pm

@alla: thanks alla!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

I spent a lot of time in Chester as I went to uni at NEWI in Wrexham. Brings back memories!

26 Jul 2007 2:05pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru! - I'm pleased that it reminded you of your time in Chester.

bronzebilly u.k. from cardiff, United Kingdom

hey Ian--well constructed image and story--aaah the architect emerges--billy

26 Jul 2007 10:23pm

@bronzebilly u.k.: Thanks very much - Chester is a great place if, like me, you love buildings and townscapes with character, history and with a human scale to them that is somehow very reassuring and comforting in this modern fast paced world.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

What a really compelling composition -- those eyes do seem to be looking at the viewer; this open window was truly a great find. But what you did with it made art into even more art.

27 Jul 2007 2:39am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Viewfinder! - The shot is cropped a tiny bit but otherwise pretty much straight out of the camera otherwise. It was just one of those lucky breaks we all get now and then. Thats, I guess, the real reason why I have loved taking photos so much over the last few months - it has made me start looking properly again at my surroundings :-)