Sitting on the Edge

 Posted by on March 12, 2013  Add comments
Mar 122013
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It was a mild summer afternoon so the hoodie had nothing to do with keeping warm

The unknown guy just sat there for an age, his back to the world and his face obscured.

As I watched him it struck me that “the edge” is a good place to just be you.
You can ignore the world behind you and just watch that in front of you yet not actually take part.

Im going to start looking for good edges……..

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  7 Responses to “Sitting on the Edge”

  1. Ian, I love what this image evokes in me. Such a familiar place for me and I have never felt this emotion in this place before. I feel so sad. All the space up front and the simplicity of the lone figure, flanked by “objects”, a little fuzzy and all crammed up on the top with such a lovely backdrop. I love what you have done to me with this image. I might start looking for edges too – catchy business.

  2. I fell in love with the writings about Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin and think that his statement ” If you stood on the bottom rail of a bridge and leant over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you would suddenly know everything that there is to be known.”

    • oops to complete the statement – reminds us of childhood days of dreams before we all grew up and went crazy. (Must have been staring at the river flowing by and forgot my train of thought)

  3. Geez Ian I can feel the loneliness and despair of this individual clearly in the image. I’m sure we all feel this way from time to time. My other thought is what a wonderful place this person has chosen to take time to just contemplate their place in the grand scheme of things.

    Silent but at the same time very very loud!

  4. I really enjoyed the responses to this image. For me a brilliant example of the “truth” of the image being completely irrelevant and in this case unknowable.
    I saw the situation as a contemplative one. There was no intention to portray sadness or dispair.
    But I’m delighted that others view it in their own way.
    For me there is no truth in photography and that is a good thing

  5. I am intrigued by how well you come up with “topics”, Ian. I have been collecting “from the water’s edge” for many years now – but not too many as living in the mountains it only happens when we are on holidays or visit the New Zealand Coast. We all need a project to get motivated. Good on you for choosing another path

  6. Someone once said “If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much room”. I like edges too.

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