Monday, December 29, 2008

Off With His Head

Time To Shoulder The Responsibility

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON

The more you carry a camera around, the more your brain starts to work through the viewfinder. So when I walked downriver at Southbank recently, I could see these two workers devoting their attention to the large outdoor carousel at Freshwater Place - but I only glanced at them and then flicked my gaze away to the myriad sights around me.

But as soon as I saw one of them climb a ladder and put his torso through an inspection hatch, I knew I had an unusual shot. I was still a long distance away from them, but I was lucky I had my 300 mm lens on the camera.

To me, the quality of the shot lies in simple body language. The very fact that the bloke's knees are flexed slightly and that his shoes are not entirely flat on the top rung of the ladder suggest that he is not perfectly balanced. Once you take that into account, you begin to understand why his colleague on the left has that open-mouthed look of concern.

It's the one time you wouldn't say to a bloke on a ladder, "Drop in any time".

(The Odd Shots concept came from Katney. Say "G'day" to her.)


squawmama said...

Very well put David... Have a smashing day...


Deb said...

Hello! I have been MIA for a bit but am enjoying my reentry into the blogosphere. I enjoyed visiting your place - as always! Glad to see all is well - take care.

Katney said...

Yesterday I patted my hip pocket and said, "Oh, I forgot my camera." and DH drove off anyway. He thought I had said,"OK, I've got my camera." I was all nerves.

Daryl said...

Odd and funny ... a perfect ad for 'dont leave home without it'


RuneE said...

There is not much room at the top...

Maggie May said...

I think he might have been saying,
"Have you found it yet?"

Corrine said...

that is a really cool shot.


Merisi said...


Up to his hips
in work.
I hope he got
some time off
during the holidays!

I spotted a saint bend
and caught him in the act,
with my point and shoot, though.
I had by accident left my "good" camera at home, carrying the empty bag around. :-(

mrsnesbitt said...


babooshka said...

I thought my headless swans were odd, but this truly is.

CrazyCath said...

That's a great shot. And it is how I look at my eldest now since he took up window cleaning!!