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Rupert Street Fire 6 by ash Rupert Street Fire 6 by ash
I'll leave it to you to work out what kind of shop this is :) (Smile)

After I'd finished shooting the fire I realised I was late meeting Paul and rushed off to Covent Garden. We came back later, when the fire was already out but there was still a small crowd milling around. A reporter from the Evening Standard (London newspaper) asked if we had taken any shots when the fire was burning, and I said I had. I gave him my two rolls of film, and he took my name and address. I told him the films were b&w and he said that was fine.

We checked the next three editions of the ES, but no mention of the fire and no pics. I presumed that since the fire was quite small they hadn't bothered to run the story (or my pics were shite) :) (Smile) Anyway the films arrived by bike the next day, undeveloped and accompanied by the following note:

Dear Mr Mason,
Please find enclosed your films kindly supplied to us yesterday. I am sorry we were unable to them and have not been able to process them as we only process C41. Thank you again for your efforts.

So can you believe a newspaper can't process b&w? Sheesh.

Rupert Street, Soho, London, 29 October 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 400, scanned neg
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dangerouscurves Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2003   Photographer
i want that bike :) (Smile) nice shot.
cincemilla Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2003

nice shot.. just gives you, that feeling..


nasigoreng Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2003
Really really good

It's soooooooo gooooooooooood

fili Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2003
excellent capture, and perfect in b&w :) (Smile)
popstalin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2002
For some reason it reminds me of a Cindy Sherman photo. I like it a lot, it's got that Man Ray feet to it as well.
braig Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2002   Photographer
everything about this shot is perfect. nice work.
corporatewhore Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
love the expression on her faqce.. i can't put my finger on whats she tihnking and i think that strikes my fancy... the b+w creates such dimension to this photo because theres a lot going on and the textures are absolutely great. the bike, signs, clothes stand add so much character... a great way to capture an old city with its own culture.
akyra Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2002
the girl looking out of the frame adds a new dimension to the photo, where her looking in would only pull you in further. doesn't hurt that she's eye candy. ;) (Wink)

most likely the newspaper made up an excuse because you probably didn't sign a waver and they didn't want to get sued or something.

very cool shot, btw.
r0b Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
*adds to fave*
r0b Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely photo.. very nice in all ways :) (Smile) keep it up
verunec Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2002
I really love this photo. Whatever the journalistic meaning is, I like it mostly as a beautiful picture.
Oh, and the story is nice too.
antisaint Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2002
That's entirely peculliar that they only use C41, and while they do have BW C41 film now, I don't much like it. I've seen photos taken by newspaper photographers that were B/W.. but then, they were probably about 30-35 years old, too. Even still, that's retarded.

But this picture; Now that's awesome, print-worthy if ever I've seen it. I like the expanded description in your comment as well.
ash Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2002
No I don't know the woman, she was just hanging around in the doorway. That particular doorway nearly always has an attractive woman in it, for some odd reason .. can't imagine why :) (Smile) But I've never seen her before; she was actually seductive and appealing whereas most of them are tacky tarts.

I had been hanging around the doorway, partly to get a better/different view of the fire action and partly to interact with the girl (for the sheer visceral thrill of it, even though I should know better). So she was aware of my presence and I'd aknowledged her but was careful to avoid pointing the camera directly at her because (a) I know from experience they don't like it, and (b) it seems a tad exploitative/easy to take shots of girls like that where the girl is the sole subject (not that either would always stop me; they are after all presenting themselves to the public in that way by choice).

In this case the shot which occured to me, with the girl looking from the doorway towards the fire, seemed like a fair representation of the scene. More importantly I figured I could get away with it because she wouldn't realise (or be sure) that she was in frame because of the wide angle lens. So I moved back from the doorway a bit and took the shots. She knew I was there but either didn't think she was in shot or didn't mind. I kinda suspect the latter.

It's always a lot easier to shoot strangers in situations where there is already good reason to be pointing a camera at things, like this. By watching the scene they are effectively participating in a public event.

whew, too much caffiene :) (Smile)
akasleep Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
The woman`s face tells it all.
This is so amazing. +fav
extirpate Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2002   Photographer
Saw you on Complex-a's journal and decided to check you out, glad I did. You're style is simply awesome. I love B&W and you've got that down! Great shot here, the woman especially! did you know her? I love the half and half feeling, one black, deep in contrast, the other bright with plenty of highlights! Again, great shot! +fav
spoco2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002
Fantastic shot... I didn't even notice what was going on down the street to be honest, I was simply taken aback by the beauty of the girl and great pose you've captured her in... +fav
movie-wizard Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002   Photographer
Very interesting shots. I like this one the best with her expresstion. Great shot!
dougbtn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002  Professional Photographer
BTW. I love this shot, it is really stylish and the girl is soooooo Soho ;-) (Wink) Well done for catching a great moment (does that sound patronising.... not meant to, sorry)
dougbtn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002  Professional Photographer
They are all digi now Ash..... get your credit cards out :-) (Smile)
stellanera Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002
very nice Clap
selahhesed Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002   Photographer
Hahah real black and white is becoming a lost art, most places don't seem to have the equipment for it, and it is so expensive! I usually only do it when I am overseas then I bask in the luxury of cheap developing. Funny, I actually have my own dark room. . .but no clue how to use it so my stuff goes untouched. (did I just admit that?????)

As for the picture, incredible, captivating. Perfect! :-) (Smile)
amphex Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002
Awesome shot again man =) (Smile)
I love this perspective, very interesting.
narang99 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002
Now i am realy jelous, the expression the comostion, this is a perfect photo!!! this is bloddy stunning! c-41, is colour film , Fuju neopan is the easyist film to do, i did it in under 30minds it is what the press use, cause it takes so quick, bloddy hell man, you came out with a very powerful image, if i took this, i would be very happy of it, that expression, argggggg
classic, lost for words...
ash Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002
'i'm wondering why she's looking away from the direction of the fire truck'

Good point. I did plan to shoot the girl looking away up the street, and in fact I did take some like that. But she was aware of me and looked around so I caught her like this largely by accident. Looking at the shots later I reckon this one works better because you can see her face and expression. She's pretty much the subject since the the wide lens has made the fire so small and far away. Her troubled expression is a stroke of luck because she didn't actually look particularly concerned in real life, she was still doing the hanging around in doorways and looking cool thing.
misteriddles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002   Photographer
Oh, and the lack of ability to process non-C41 is a shock!
misteriddles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2002   Photographer
Great street shot. Love the nervous look, the Soho alley.

Why are they called 'knocking shops' when there's so often someone in the doorway, thus negating the need to knock? ;) (Wink)
mcismowski Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002
i'm wondering why she's looking away from the direction of the fire truck.
complex-a Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002
Very nice street photography... Something you seem to be a master of. :) (Smile) The look on her face really communicates a feeling of worry and caution.
hesitation Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very good one. Nod

maria013 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002   Interface Designer
lovely shot :) (Smile)
starforge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002
They couldn't process B&W? Golly sounds a little weird hehe, but I guess they still like shooting in colour and using the bromide system thingy what'sitcalled to desaturate the shots? Hmm yes I know what I'm talking about Laughing

Great angle, I like how the girl appears to be unaware of you shooting Nod
kari Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002
It's a street shot. I love street shots, especially at this angle, and the troubled girl in the forefront just accentuates the angle in this beautiful way.. I can't even describe it. :) (Smile)
Nicely put together.
adixion Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2002
the angle,
the girl,


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