Saturday, March 6, 2010

Poetry in Motion


By the late sheen of an arctic sky
alive with branches shimmying with
light he comes to me: the cyclist,
active, floating, magical, observant,
and the poem comes from him -
whatever he can make it: the hope
that what he turns to will take hold.

--John Morgan

13 comments:

ben wideman said...

Niiiiice.

Judy Williams said...

Oh #$&*!! This is so good. I just love a bicycle in a shot. There is something about the mix of the linear and circular. I think between that and umbrellas, is what makes so many of the European photographs I see so appealing. Perfect contrasts and the framing of him between the RR crossings is awesome.

Judy Williams said...

HERE YOU GO

YIKES!!

Brenda's Arizona said...

NICE, I agree with Ben.
What made you decide to go B&W with this? I like it!

Dixie Jane said...

People on bicycles, as apposed to people in cars, seem so satisfied. Happy picture. Then Judy introduces the Yike Bike. Now isn't that innovative? No worry about stuck accelerators or speeding tickets. Just fold it up and put beside your desk. Try and do that with your car.

Laurie said...

Hey guys,

Ben, I was hoping you would check in today!

THe yike bike? Too cool.

Brenda, I thought this high contrast, late afternoon shot worked better stripped down to black and white. The elements popped more than in color. Plus, there is such a range of midtones plus true black and true white -- something that is always nice in monochrome.

This was another lucky street shot. I saw him zooming by and just started clicking.

Mister Earl said...

You could do a whole series just on this Abbey Road crosswalk!

altadenahiker said...

It's a great corner. I've always planned to visit the little museum by the southwest corner.

Virginia said...

I had a saracstic remark to make about cyclists that block , slow down traffic. I'll keep it to myself. Great photo LA
V

Laurie said...

Awww, look out, Miss V... I'm married to a cyclist! :-)

alex said...

As a cycling enthusiast, this photo warms my two-wheeled heart:) In this case, though, he poem also speaks a thousand words. I had never seen it before, and I love it! Thanks for sharing LA.

Laurie said...

Thanks again, everyone! And Alex, I'm so glad you like the poem. It's a favorite of mine.

Until tomorrow...

Kenny said...

here we see the man, the myth, the legend, Gomi riding his Cervelo through the rough streets of S.Pasadena.