:An outstanding shot that perfectly captures and depicts the idea of a duplicitous character and all that can be read within it.
Did the photographer anticipate these two figures dressed in black literally from head to toe, walking towards each other on a pavement that is so narrow they would have to pass by each other at such close proximity and as a consequence would merge as one? Or was it merely by chance? Either way it is an impressive shot. What is important here is not so much how the photographer came to make the image but that the image itself was seen and taken at the decisive moment.
'Janus-Faced' works in all aspects for this reason, the impeccable timing, the composition and the character/s who in many ways reminds me of Lago, the main antagonist from Othello, to the extent that he could almost be his double.
I also particularly like the small detail of the picture on the window sill above them, of what looks like the Pope looking down onto the street, as if at them, knowingly from that height.
: A wonderful moment of something which touches us all at one time or another - the passing of time, as shown so eloquently here. I love how the leading line carries us, like time itself, towards that which we can not escape from, the inevitable in life. And I love how ageing is depicted so respectfully and in such a simple form. The obvious connection we make between young and old is embedded in us, so much so, that as in this case, the heels and fitted skirt cut high above the knee of an elegantly dressed woman against the flat shoes and a comfortable lose below the knee dress is automatically associated with one which is worn by a much older lady.
Staying with literature again, the author Frank Herbert once said "There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story." With this in mind, rather then living with a dread of what will come years later in life and equating it with loss - be it loss of youth, loss of appearances as the natural course of time changes the body, we should embrace it and live out our dreams to the fullest without the fear of some end time. The same thought process and outlook can be applied to street photography or any creativity for that matter, to keep shooting, keep pushing yourself, keep searching, seeing, feeling, going after your dreams fearlessly...until you stop the story.
: It has been said that sometimes a title makes the story. In my opinion, I don't think it can be said of this picture. The image speaks for itself. Take away the title, the image of the man even though he is well dressed with waistcoat buttoned up neatly, light clean trousers and shirt with a tie - suggesting he takes care of his appearance, is all thrown out of the window by the simple gesture of his finger and expression, perhaps the woolen hat also, which seems a little out of place with the rest of his style. The lady smiling directly at the lens may be in on it too, seen what the photographer has seen. Though most likely smiling at the realization that the photographer has framed her in the scene.
This photo is a great example of finding real characters on the street and most of all, being ready with camera in hand. The light on him and exposure really brings the subject out. I like this man. Crazy or not, he has character. He has a story for sure. It is in his eyes, strong, defiant and almost lost in his own world.