The Couple

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 03 2010

Category: bike polo, fashion, new york

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Overlooking ESPI Polo

Part of the ongoing pleasure I derive from my unrelenting photographic pursuits is the chance to give someone a (hopefully decent) photo of themselves that they didn’t know existed. Very different from my “stop, I’m shooting you right here right now, and I’ll send you the file tonight” approach. Man Right emailed me something jokingly, and I counter attacked with “and this is for you” (paraphrased).

Bunch of stuff going on here. I’ll rattle through it. Two distinct blocks of texture – the warm wood grain rectangle and the alternating medium-blur stripes of the building behind. In front of that stand two figures, each closer to center than the right/left, and overall pretty symmetrical (both leaning in, wearing black sleeveless shirts…). The very top of the frame is total white while the very bottom is all black, with some limbs here and there. So all of that is well and good – each element contributes to this being a solid capture in its own way and I think they all work together most finely.

But the real importance is in the prop, so to speak. That pretty bike that establishes this as no-doubt-about-it bike related event. Of course that’s my take on it having spent dozens of hours at said event… so maybe it’s not that obvious. But whatever it is, that bike is A. a fixed gear B. brakeless (I think) C. beautiful in many ways, and on and on and on (I could gush about spoke patterns, handlebar grips, the saddle, the straps on the pedals… and on I go). Basically that bike with that outfit (notice the industrial-strength chain lock around the waist) screams NYC bike culture to me.

th-th-th-that’s all, folks!

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