Yes, I’m always on the lookout to depict a common scene from an uncommon angle. This shot was taken five weeks ago, on 24 May, in the last week of the Australian autumn. I was walking up the Bourke Street Mall when I noticed this cluster of flags and I was about to shoot them front-on against a shop facade.
Then I realised there was a better shot if I kept walking and turned round in the other direction. By doing so, I was facing a crisp, clear blue sky, the perfect foil for these long rectangular flags.
More to the point, by shooting from this angle, the actual lettering on the flags is the wrong way around – so it’s kind of irresistible to try and sit there for a couple of extra moments and work out what the message is. Just for the record, the flags were advertising last month’s “Melbourne Italian Festival”.
The criss-cross wires above the mall made an interesting addition to the image – and if you look really carefully, you’ll see the Commonwealth Bank building in almost-perfect alignment with the keyboard emblazoned on the last flag in the corner.
I waited several seconds for the breeze to favour me – and this was the best shot I could manage. So tell me: did you notice the office block immediately – or did this text bring it to your attention?
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 30mm.