Tableau

September 25, 2019  •  3 Comments

 

TableauTableauAmsterdam, Nederlands

Tableau
[ short for tableau vivant (from French, literally, living picture) ] : a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants

I like this image.  The title came to me even before I snapped the shutter.  Perhaps influenced by our recent visit to see Rembrandt's masterworks or that we were sitting in Rembrantplein with an imposing statue of the master accompanied by his Night's Watch just to our right.  Either way the composition is pleasing. They seemed to have purposely positioned themselves as if for a portrait. On the left an attractive, young couple have a discussion, make eye contact; the woman, fingers mingled, leans in as if to emphasize a point, the man, unthreatened, leans away, why? Next, a woman dressed in white, eyes closed, gathering sun on what I remember to be an overcast and rainy day. Leading then to a disinterested lad who nearly ends the composition; but a latecomer, arriving after I waited for the cross traffic to clear stands as a bookend reading something in Chinese, perhaps a guidebook explaining the importance of the man on the pedestal. 


Comments

Monte Stevens(non-registered)
I like it in black and white. I like how you describe in your mind's eye what is going on for each story within the image. The couple is making eye contact but sure not happening with the other three. Well done, Joe!
Todd Henson(non-registered)
Nicely seen and nicely captured. A beautiful example of a frozen moment in time, something that tells a story, gets us thinking, wondering about each performer on the stage. I like the low perspective. It helps put us more in their world.
JC(non-registered)
That's a really great candid shot - you must have had a fast shutter to get ti all in
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