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enjoying the long night...

FUJIFILM X-E1 1/30 second F/3.2 ISO 640 21 mm (35mm equiv.)

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

k@ from Paris, France

The second & the last of the linked series are so good, love them both a lot. Here i enjoy so much the ascending feel as if we were pondering whether we'll climb the stairs up or not... Added to that feel, i love the geometric intrication of rectangles from the side door's glass to the ones at the bottom of the image & end of the stairs. The absorbed in reading attitude (absence, again here) of the man and the red arrow dynamize the whole just like the beautiful ideograms on the left "hold" the frame. All works for a perfect compo you took the time & discretion to obtain. Clap-clap ;)

17 Jun 2013 5:58am

@k@: I'm so glad to have managed to get an impressive shot of this not-too-old but pretty ugly commercial building and of course I'm so drawn by the mood of the 'reading man' - its 'building attendant' or simply the caretaker. Thanks for the beautiful words my dear! Have a good week!

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

I'm fascinated by your linked pictures. I find them so strong and simple, esp. the first one. Some sadness too.

17 Jun 2013 6:19am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What a fascinating series of people posed sitting down, either bored or worn out tired!
This one here evokes images of a King or Queen sitting high up on a throne surveying his/her subjects down below. Perhaps this is literary King charged with protecting an Empire of books!

17 Jun 2013 7:01am

@Curly: A noble caretaker!! Thank you Curly!:-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A wonderful supporting set to this and I feel the overall sense of Time having slowed to a halt . . we are at the Nothing Hour.

17 Jun 2013 7:30am

@Ronnie 2¢: "Time having slowed to a halt..." How I love that! Thank you Ronnie!

shooter from lincoln, United Kingdom

A perfect moment which really does capture that particular hour.

17 Jun 2013 7:49am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Les clients se font attendre et la nuit risque d'être très longue. Splendide "indiscrétion", superbe cadrage. Bonne journée.

17 Jun 2013 9:27am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Lots of thoughts, but he looks content at the top of the stairs great street work

17 Jun 2013 11:05am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a great series on this theme with a feeling of solitude and quietness ! on this picture, I love your framing, the perspective and the attitude of the man ! great work hugo !

17 Jun 2013 11:53am

CarineB from Paris, France

Great composition , very impressive.

17 Jun 2013 12:10pm

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe série sur la solitude!!! amitiés

17 Jun 2013 1:38pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent framing! Beautiful night atmosphere! Have a great week Hugo!

17 Jun 2013 2:38pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Excellent framing Hugo !

17 Jun 2013 3:18pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Oh yes, dramatic view of this reader facing the door in a mood of total loneliness. An image evocative of the apparent weakness of some activities requiring nothing more than a presence, even if all the people of the planet is at this time in a deep sleep.

17 Jun 2013 4:19pm

Damien from Plérin, France

Extra street photo. The prison is open but it seems that he doesn't want to be free.

17 Jun 2013 4:32pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great compo, well seen !

17 Jun 2013 5:14pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The way the light and the stair lead the eyes to the man with the book in his hands is memorable, Hugo. And the wonderful quality of the light captured makes this composition more enjoyable still.

17 Jun 2013 5:29pm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful compo. The light is so glaucous in this place that it makes me wanna cry :-)

17 Jun 2013 9:22pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Perfect symmetry in the stairs, gorgeous lighting too! as usual I love the low light and the man reading his book so engrossed in it, excellent!

18 Jun 2013 3:52am

soodeh from tehran, Iran

I like it

18 Jun 2013 6:27am

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Love this. Always loved your honest style, Hugo!

18 Jun 2013 7:33am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A good time to catch up on his reading. I enjoy each of the other images, too. They are all classics.

19 Jun 2013 1:01am

Arr Day from montréal, Canada

You catch the night lights with so much natural I'm astounded every time.
You've also eccentuated the depth of the space by framing this simply.

19 Jun 2013 11:53pm

@Arr Day: Thanks again for the warm words, Arr!

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolies lignes dans cette composition.

26 Jun 2013 1:09pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom


29 Jul 2013 10:11am

1/30 second
ISO 640
21 mm (35mm equiv.)