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Alone in the city #8: Terminal Isolation

A rare scene at Melbourne Airport: deserted concourse, a single passenger rummaging for her boarding pass, alone and tiny in the transport machine of the city.

Subject and photographer at 50m paces.

Sunday, 20th June, 2010; candid; f2.4, 1/60, 70mm, ISO200; desaturated; contrast & brightness adjustment only.

Candid Street Photography

Terminal Isolation was inspired by the Street Photography and Photojournalism Group challenge, Then there was one… . It finished in the Top 10.

See the whole Alone in the City Series

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airport, isolation, melbourne, rhoufi, solitude

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Comments

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerabout 4 years ago

    Great capture! :)

  • Hi Linda, what are you doing up so late? I’m the only nutter around here! Nice to have a comment so early though. :—)

    – Rhoufi

  • Margaret Walker
    Margaret Walkerabout 4 years ago

    hmmm looks like Melbourne Domestic Terminal when Darwin flight arrives :D

  • Close, Perth, Gate 23, no one there to meet them.

    – Rhoufi

  • Hi Margaret, thanks for favouriting two of the photos I just posted. So fast, you must be an insomniac like me. Thanks for the visit. I’m crashing now though :—))

    – Rhoufi

  • Margaret Walker
    Margaret Walkerabout 4 years ago

    you are very welcome :) I am a bit

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesabout 4 years ago

    I always forget that airports make amazing backgrounds.. this is great in BW Rhoufi, love the starkness and how you composed this in portrait to make the person seems small & lost….

  • Thanks Angela, for noticing that I actually did set out to take the shot as it is. I have entered it in the Then there was one.. challenge in Street Photography. So I had to find a single person in a public place and shoot it in the passed 2 weeks. I wanted to show the smallness of people in big places. Thanks for noticing this.

    – Rhoufi

  • aartwaven
    aartwavenabout 4 years ago

    mmm………………….nice one. What time was it? I have only seen the airport deserted like that in the middle of the night. He looks so alone and lost – perfect for the challenge. Great comp and love the title Rhoufi

  • Thanks Aart, it was not so late and one minute later it was teeming with passengers going to and coming from – I just had to be quick. The Aart of Curiosity………mmm……you don’t actually work there do you? :-)

    – Rhoufi

  • aartwaven
    aartwavenabout 4 years ago

    LOL……………wait till I get some more shots up

  • You don’t have access to CCTV there do you? I’m going to start wearing hoodies if you do :-))))

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanabout 4 years ago

    Yes I have never seen it like that even at night – and no I don’t work there ;-) I hope this does well in the challenge it exemplifies the theme absolutely.

  • So many lovely comments from you Gwynne, but I am slowly gaining on you ;—) Yes I hope it is seen as fitting the criteria – it’s the fist time I went out to find one that did.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! LOVE this!!!!!!

  • I’m glad you like this Robin. I wondered if the figure was too far away, but it seemed to be in the spirit of the challenge so left the crop wide. Thanks for the fav.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireabout 4 years ago

    Love the loneliness of this shot….really works! V.

  • Thanks Victoria, I don’t know why but I seem to see a lot of solo people in city landscapes and frame them to accentuate their separateness. Curious habit of mine; bit too sensitive to the outsider in a crowd. Anyway, it was intended here and I am pleased you felt it.

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, love the tones and composition – the expanse of tiles really draws you in and highlights the isolation.

  • Great to hear from another Melbournian, and thanks for the nice comment. I think I’ve got a thing going with loners in urban landscapes. Glad you feel the isolation in the composition.

    – Rhoufi

  • And thanks for making this a favourite, I appreciate that a lot :—)

    – Rhoufi

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