L’étranger sur la jettée by Rhoufi

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The outsider on the pier

Many people have lost the art of time out, lost the ability to spend time doing something that does not have to produce anything more than the enjoyment of silence and their own company – others take an idle afternoon on a pier somewhere and keep it to themselves

Candid Street Photography

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudover 4 years ago

    I like very much this composition : a frame into a frame… ;) + le “hors-champ” at right !

  • The man to the right is my étranger. He is separated from the frame, isolated from the others, deep in his own thoughts. Thanks for seeing him.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 4 years ago

    Great shot, Rhoufi…love the double frame and the isolated figure at right…the narrative is very strong! V.

  • Don’t know how I missed your comment Victoria. Thank you! Of course you would like it – it’s a pier!! :—)) Mordialloc Pier to be exact. I spent so much time on it as a kid. I lived in Parkdale and it was an easy bike ride, fishing poles strapped to the forks, stinking bait in our pockets – never caught anything except a cold and tiddlers too small to eat.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireabout 4 years ago

    Haha….yes, the piers have it! How great that you grew up in Parkdale – it’s a great old suburb. I grew up a little further inland (Balwyn) and still love taking the tram along Whitehorse Road when I get a chance. I have no fishy memories, but lots of memories about Saturday afternoons at the old cinema – long since replaced with a service station. Some say you ’can’t go home again’ but I think they’re wrong….our inner landscape can stay quite intact as long as it’s nurtured nicely :^)) V.

  • Oh yeah, you can go home alright. What you find my elate or distress you, but it always looks so small. I always drive along Beach Road to come home, just to see the people scurrying across the road on a summer’s afternoon; towels wrapped around them, school bags bulging with their uniforms. Takes me back, so far. It was a resort back then I reckon. Probably wasn’t, but that’s how I remember it.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    I LOVE how you captured this moment! You made it timeless! The frames within frames, the colors, the light…..it’s all so real, but more than real…like something we might aspire to even when we have it in our grasp .


  • Thanks Robin. I do really like this shot too – because I saw what I wanted to capture before and framed it to expose it. My subject was the man on the right (notice he is the one in sharp focus), even though he occupies a smaller part of the frame. I was so pleased when Pascale Baud (1st comment) saw everything I wanted people to notice. Even if only a few people get it (like you), I’m happy.

    – Rhoufi

  • Thanks for Fav, too.

    – Rhoufi

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