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Washing Windows

Washing Windows

D800-Paris-0433-2013-12-03Whenever I see people washing the windows of large buildings, I invariably stop, take out my camera and wait for an interesting photographic composition to emerge.

Seldom am I disappointed.

There are many aspects of such situations that provide promising ingredients for image-making.

Among them are the contrast in scale between the human figure and the building; also, the lines and shapes of the architecture itself.

But my favourite aspect to look out for is the puppet-like properties of the human form when suspended in mid-air against glass and metal.

6386953887_680731556b_bI have found that the best moment to trip the shutter is when the window cleaner’s arms and legs are all fully extended, as this creates the most dynamic, most instantly-recognizable human shape.

It also seems to accentuate the almost comedic awkwardness of the human form when placed in such an unnatural situation.

(click on an image to enlarge it)

 

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