Safe City by Rhoufi

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Alone In The City #16: Safe City

From the dead end of a lane you see them: some on foot, just following their noses; some in cars, obediently following the arrows; some just looking down from a window, following those in the street with their eyes.

Candid Street Photography

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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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  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...about 4 years ago

    a safe city car park I’ll have to try that one !! is that a figure in the top left window , I fancy it is ;)0

  • Yes it was someone up there alright. Added a nice little icing to the shot. Congrats on your Nov 4 feature in No More Colour.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...about 4 years ago

    :)) thanks for that I alway like looking in your shots there always something interesting about them

  • And I’m always trying to pop something interesting in everyone – thanks for noticing.

    – Rhoufi

  • Warren Haney
    Warren Haneyabout 4 years ago

    Hi Rhoufi! Great capture.

  • Thank you Warren, you do like images full of tiny details – so glad you like it.

    – Rhoufi

  • Kirstyshots
    Kirstyshotsabout 4 years ago


  • Hi Kirsty, thank you. It was taken last Friday, I’m experimenting with night photography and this seemed to have everything.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireabout 4 years ago

    Great atmosphere! Hmmm, how safe is it? Must be safe, it’s written everywhere! And cheap too….and you can go any way you like as long as it’s left! :^))

  • Ha! Well I think it is pretty safe. We were attending the final year architecture graduate’s exhibition at the old Naval & Military Club and the back entry is in this lane – it’s looking towards Little Collins Street. Do you like the guy in the upstairs window?

    – Rhoufi

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    Great image ….. well done

  • Thank you Janusz, appreciate your visit.

    – Rhoufi

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerabout 4 years ago

    Love the details in this photograph Rhoufi. The city is definitely your area of expertise. :-)

  • I do love the B+W City, and the detail here was across the frame: the bright car park entry, the hotel awning, the black car and the guy at the window – but of a feast. Thank you. How’s the writing going? :—))

    – Rhoufi

  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    A feast indeed, especially for one who seldom gets to a city, Rhoufi. Irony and beauty in this shot. I didn’t realize you were compiling a series.

  • Hi Jan, thank you so much. This “Alone In The City” series came about because I suddenly noticed that a very large proportion of my cityscape photos had as their subject single figures in the urban landscape. It seemed that I was attracted to this theme for some reason. So I started to label each one and it has grown somewhat into a search. I see a lot of ‘aloneness’ (not necessarily loneliness) in the city and I think it is caused by crowds or by being small and lost in the scale of it. Melbourne in general does not ‘feel’ big for a city of ~4 million, but I see it here as much as other cities in the world. That you see irony and beauty in this pleases me greatly.

    – Rhoufi

  • photontrappist
    photontrappistabout 4 years ago

    wonderful b+w shot/treatment, the upper right window really catches the eye, albeit small.

  • Thank you Photon, in particular for noticing that window, it makes the photo for me. This gritty little image is a long way from the beautiful landscapes that you take though. Your photos really are the England that we imagine. My Dad used to say that there were so many people in tiny England that he expected they would all have to to be standing up to fit in, but what he found was glorious natural beauty everywhere. Thanks for your visit.

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireabout 4 years ago

    Yes!…the guy in the window adds that slightly ominous note! It’s all in the timing, huh?!

  • Oh yes, timing is everything, next to anticipation that is.

    – Rhoufi

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