Waiting for Miracles - Alone in the City #2 by Rhoufi

Waiting for Miracles - Alone in the City #2 by 

      My contribution to the Solo Exhibition, SoJie 12 Traditional Art Workshop July 2011, was beautifully translated to a traditional oil painting by Frannie Moore      
Shadows Don’t Lie by F.A. Moore

This painting by Frannie Moore was completed during the SoJie 12 Workshop (scroll down to halfway) , and translates my image, “Waiting for Miracles” in ways that portray in their own unique ways the emotions and meanings that I tried to present in my photograph. I am so honoured that Frannie chose my photo to paint in such a wonderful way. Please use the link to go to her gallery and read how she created the painting.

Although big cities bring people into close proximity to each other, they do not necessarily bring them closer together as friends. To be alone in a city can be more isolating than being in total solitude. Day after day, the alienated spend their time hoping for companionship…

… waiting for miracles.

… title from the lyrics of a song by Lhasa de Sela – see video

My Name by Lhasa de Sela, Jérôme Lapierre, Vincent Ségal

Why don’t you ask me
How long I’ve been waiting
Set down on the road
With the gunshots exploding
I’m waiting for you
In the gloom and the blazing
I’m waiting for you

I sing like a slave I know
I should know better
I’ve learned all my lessons
Right down to the letter
And still I go on like this
Year after year
Waiting for miracles
And shaking with fear

Why don’t you answer
Why don’t you come save me
Show me how to use
All these things
That you gave me
Turn me inside out
So my bones can save me
Turn me inside out

You’ve come this close
You can come even closer
The gunshots get louder
And the world spins faster
And things just get further
And further apart
The head from the hands
And the hands from the heart

One thing that’s true
Is the way that I love him
The earth down below
And the sky up above him
And still I go on like this
Day after day
Still I go on like this

Now I’ve said this
I already feel stronger
I can’t keep waiting for you
Any longer
I need you now
Not someday
When I’m ready
Come down on the road
Come down on the road

My name, my name
Nothing is, nothing is the same
And I won’t go back
The way I came

My name, my name
Nothing is the same

Candid Street Photography
Single capture; desaturation; brightness & contrast adjustment; cropping

Featured on the RedBubble Home Page, 1 Dec 2010

See the whole Alone in the City Series

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 Baudabout 5 years ago

    love this shot Rhoufi !!

  • Merci Pascale,

    it’s so good to have someone notice so soon after posting. I hope to make a series of these as I find them; mostly B&W if I they work.

    á bientôt.
    (I must learn more French)

    – Rhoufi

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeabout 5 years ago

    indeed, bravo !

  • Ah Myn, this is where you went. Just time to say thanks. I’m working on these types of photos because I love the genre. I hope my ‘eye’ is getting better. I see so much “aloneness” in the city – crowds everywhere made up of solitary souls; maybe not lonely but alone.
    Merci, á bientôt

    – Rhoufi

  • sable
    sableabout 5 years ago

    I did mean to comment on this a while ago and say it is a great shot

  • Thanks for coming back, I really aprpeciate it. There are so many things on RedBubble that I leave undone as well. This shot was the first that I thought had the contrast that I wanted. Processing B&W is quite an art.

    – Rhoufi

  • sable
    sableabout 5 years ago

    Quite honestly, I would like to comment and check out more art as well, but I work six days a week, and it doesn’t leave a lot of time, so I see a lot of fantastic work that I don’t comment on, but leaves me quite speechless nonetheless. As for all the technical side of things, I have yet to learn all of that, and one day photoshop as well. For now, it is just me and my little powershot camera and seeing what takes my eye so to speak and hoping that I can take a reasonably “good” shot. The contrast in this is fantastic, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Hi Sable, I have added a music video to this image, that you might like. She sings in Spanish, French and English, but this one’s in English and I have added the lyrics as well because they go so well with my photo. I learned only yesterday that she died in Jan at only 38. She has been favourite of mine for over 10 years – a creative life cut short. I hope you like the music.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, my gosh this series is brilliant. I love the point of view here, and the body language of this man.
    SUPERB capture!

  • Isn’t it amazing how you could not achieve the same impact if you knew it was posed. That’s what I love about Street Photography – one chance to record a small reality. Thanks Robin, glad you’re watching.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanalmost 5 years ago

    As per Robin above – enjoying the pov and good tones – well done!

  • Thanks Gywnne. Apparently I was lucky not to be bundled out by security guards – they say it’s private property and that we can’t take photographs. It such a great place for candid photography.

    – Rhoufi

  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful with the song !!! Bravo !!!

  • Merci, :-D

    – Rhoufi

  • mcduff
    mcduffalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot! Hope to see more soon.

  • Thanks McDuff. You must be new – no photos yet?

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuirealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot – excellent atmosphere and lovely composition. Always tuff when there’s lots going on in shot, but you’ve worked it out beautifully. V.

  • Thank you Victoria, and you’re right it took ages to crop – what to include, what to exclude. To get the three separated figures I had to have the tables, but the fact they were empty actually enhanced it I think. Thanks for your visit.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuirealmost 5 years ago

    I can imagine! And you’re right, the empty tables give this shot some good negative space, and the ‘narrative’ about being alone in the city is enhanced beautifully :^) V.

  • Hello Victoria, you still here in my gallery. I’ve just been cruising around your gallery doing some favouriting. Only an hour ago I discovered something really sad about the singer whose song I featured here. Lhasa has been a favourite singer of mine for years, and I went to her website to see if she had a new album, and there was message there saying she has just died (Jan 2010) of cancer, only months after she completed her third album. She was just 38 years old. She was such a passionate singer and able to sing in Spanish, French and English. I’m very sad that she will no longer make her unique music. A day of mixed emotion. Thanks for coming back to leave another message. Rhoufi

    – Rhoufi

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