Mission - Alone in the City #4 by Rhoufi

Mission - Alone in the City #4 by 

To watch is to know, but not be known. An apparently empty carriage; a ribbed façade; relentless forward motion; the reflection of a presence, otherwise unseen; a watcher.
The unknowable, pacing beside us, our silent monitor, keeping our score, weighing our souls; a blank expression masking an unholy mission.

“But Mephisto always knows the score – there will be no response from these mute and blinkered souls. They will sit rigidly to attention in their seats as they rocket forward into the night, their eyes and mouths resolutely shut”
_from Mephisto dans le Métro

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Candid Street Photography. This image is a single capture, cropped and desaturated, and no other digital manipulation.

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

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • sable
    sableabout 5 years ago

    love the reflections in this piece

  • Do you recognize where it is? Craigieburn line coming into Fliders Street, where the train comes really close to the buildings – one of my “nameless person” shots. I think I can take this better, so I will try again soon. Thanks so much, Sable.

    – Rhoufi

  • ed wong
    ed wongabout 5 years ago

    great composition + contrast; the lone figure in silhouette looks cool + mysterious; unique image!~

  • Thanks Ed. He has an outsider feel to him doesn’t he? Many of these didn’t work because getting the focus to work on silhouettes is tricky, and refleced silhouettes even harder. I got lucky with this one.

    – Rhoufi

  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudabout 5 years ago

    Trains, stations, figures : there is a lot to do with… love the composition ! ;)

  • Bonjour Pascale, it’s great to wake up to people actually looking at your photos and saying nice things. This is another in my “Alone in the city” B&W series. I’m seeing it everywhere; looking for the body language. Merci, á bientôt.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 5 years ago

    Oh, wow…..this is like music…….the rhythm of the light and dark, the lines, everything. And such a wonderful atmosphere you’ve captured!

  • Oh Robin, don’t you know how to make someone’s day :) Like music. Nothing can go wrong today :) :)

    – Rhoufi

  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful serie to follow !! ;)

  • Merci Pascale, they don’t come along very often, but now that I am on the lookout, like a hawk, maybe I’ll see more.
    á bientôt :-)

    – Rhoufi

  • ChristineBetts
    ChristineBettsalmost 5 years ago

  • I just got back from the country to find another one of my “Alone in the city” images was featured. Thanks you so much Christine and GraceNotes – so glad to be a part of this week’s great group.

    – Rhoufi

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats! Cool image!

  • Thanks for your special comment Ladyshark, I’ve been away at a book festival all weekend (taking photos mostly) and it’s so cool to come back to this.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful reflection, use of light very absorbing, I keep gazing into it and wondering what he is thinking!

  • Thanks Gwynne. I’m working on what he’s thinking. When I get it, a little story will appear on the page beside it.

    – Rhoufi

    RONI PHOTOGRAPHYalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic my friend

  • I’m always so pleased when I get one of your comments Roni, thanks so much.

    – Rhoufi

  • Kent DuFault
    Kent DuFaultalmost 5 years ago

    I really like your alone in the city series… it makes me feel…. well alone.
    Well Done!!

  • Kent and/or Clarisa (what absolutely cool surnames you guys have). Thanks for your comments, I am becoming quite involved in the prospect of extending this series. I decided I would like to work up about 10-15 of the best ones, then write stories to go with them and maybe make a book of it all. The comments above have spurred me on. Many thanks.

    – Rhoufi

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