Westport (Connecticut) 1981

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Olympus XA, Tri-X
The first photograph that ever stunned me was HCB’s ”Alicante 1932”. In a flash of chain reaction, the time of a thought, I took in first the undulation of arms leading from the upper left to the lower right, then in quick succession the expression of the central subject, then those of the two women on either side, the patterns and textures of the clothes and walls, and finally the combined impact of the three so different gazes into the lens, layered on top of the other elements. A documentary image rooted in its time and place, yet transcending both. That for me is the essence of HCB: The “decisive moment” when light, composition and subject elements fall in place for one fleeting instant, is more than just a great image, it is a glimpse of Truth.
For Joseph Rotindo

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  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    belle ambiance

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    Alexis, as Michel said so perfectly "bell ambiance"... wonderful mood and storytelling

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (14 Feb 2010):

    One of my favoites of yours...love it, Alexis:)

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    like a mini movie in one shot, amazing

  • Pascal Fellonneau

    Pascal Fellonneau said (14 Feb 2010):

    fantastic shadows

  • Joseph Rotindo

    Joseph Rotindo said (14 Feb 2010):

    one definite piece of art. in what seems like a long ago era, forgotten already, when we had to pace ourselves in steps of 24 or 36 exposures (lucky to get an extra 3 sometimes), photography was a different animal altogether.

    patience played a much more important part of the work...waiting for the light, composition and subject elements to fall in place for one fleeting moment. such as here.

    soon, i will be searching out used hasselblad parts and trying to reconstruct a film-based camera with high resolution. slow down, a bit, try my frantic abstract technique on a slow platform, and see how it goes....tribute to the almost forgotten days of film, sans anti-shake buttons and focal point locks and 51 point metering systems that do everything but your dishes for you. such as here...

    excellent, this, alexis, again, and thank you for sharing it!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    All of the above, + noir....!

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    Unmistakable TriX - the sheen in the windows. Wonderful ambience, and is that water trails on the inside of the windows?

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    Distant memories of the Olympus + Tri-X + hours in the B&W darkroom = MAGIC Thank you Alexis

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Feb 2010):


  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (16 Feb 2010):

    nicely mysterious

  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (17 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful play of light and shadows !

  • Ana Magalhaes

    Ana Magalhaes (Deleted) said (21 Feb 2010):

    I love this one!! it looks like some scene from an Hitchcock movie =)

  • Liz Malone

    Liz Malone (Deleted) gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    Fantastically creepy!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Gritty, a excellent entry!

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (9 Apr 2010):


  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (10 Apr 2010):

    Great tribute: to HCB and Joe. I like what Joe said above too!

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin (Deleted) said (17 Apr 2010):

    very strong piece, excellent tones and mystery ......... like it loads

  • Carlos Bohorquez Nassar

    Carlos Bohorquez Nassar gave props (18 Apr 2010):

    Simple, but I like it, love the man with the hat silhouette.

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (22 Jun 2010):

    Magnifique atmosphere

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