Posted on May 4, 2009 - 101 comments -

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Short brake from Barcelona - Back to the streets of Israel.
This photo is inspired by the style of Martin Parr.

About the previous image - Many tried to guess and some managed to reveal the "secret" - The frame was taken when I'm standing in front of a mirror wall while the line of people is behind the mirror. The people reflected in the mirror are store visitors. Simple, no?

There has been 101 Responses to 'Attention' so far

  1. Spacefrog says:

    Dans la nature, le rouge est une couleur utilisé pour avertir d'un danger

  2. Justin says:

    Solid image as always - you have an eye for these street images that stuns me. They are intimate and public at the same time.

  3. beth says:

    Interesting how something as small and simple as those two red nails can grab your attention and pull you in. Love the symmetry of the nails and her equally pointy footwear.

  4. Víctor Roblas says:

    Great street capture¡¡ These are those I like. Thanks for your comments. B.R.

  5. Karen says:

    Love the symmetry and negative space of this image.

  6. Nicki says:

    The red nails are what i really like - ^^.

  7. pando says:

    Awesome composition!

  8. cat says:

    Did you know that Martin Parr was in Israel a month or so ago and gave a talk in Haifa? I missed it... I'm still sad about that. I really like his work, mostly because of what it says about the British class system, I think it's brilliant. And it manages to be playful and funny too.

    So about your image - great work with the colours and the meshulash of the two hands and the shiny shoe and the framing with the shadows. I think especially with the woman and her red nails, cigarette and ring I can see the influence of Parr. And I wonder - whether it would be possible to make the same style of social commentary about Israel, at least Tel Aviv society - High Tech workers vs. Arsim or something.

  9. Jonas says:

    The red nails in the center of the frame catch first our attention. And then, it appeared to me that "Hands and feet" are the theme of a second level of reading. Great choice you made to focus this part of the scene!

  10. beanow says:

    Creative frame. Very interesting shot. Well done.

  11. Sandy says:

    Ohhh the few photos I have just looked at are wonderful! I'll be back when I have more time....

  12. yz says:

    cool street detail
    after your explanation i went back to the previous photo, now i see it, but without your words i just couldn't figure it out :)

  13. elaine says:

    definitely a Martin parr inspiration! i find it very sensual with this bright nails and the headless compo!

  14. Yvon says:

    Yessssssss ...
    I like it.
    Very nice.
    Have a nice week.

  15. Nicolas says:

    Great street scene Ilan !

  16. Andy says:

    Thanks for explaining the last image! I just went back to look at it again after reading and now I understand!

    As for this image its another great street shot. I love how even without showing anyone's face you can sort of see what they are like.

  17. martie says:

    Excellent composition! This is a very interesting street scene!

  18. ShamWOW! says:

    Hectic scene, excellently framed by shadow.

  19. Rajesh says:

    Very nice snap as usual. The pointed shoes and nails are very catchy

  20. Zing says:

    Interesting angle, love how the nails match the shoes.

  21. francesco says:

    ...très beau point de vue et cadrage..

  22. rhys says:

    Mr Parr is one of my faves. You have produced a good alternative. I'm really wanting to do some more street based stuff at the moment, I think you may be influencing me!

  23. Pierre says:

    attention parce que ce qu'elle tient en main brûle ou parce que ses chaussures peuvent faire mal ?

  24. LightningPaul says:

    A weird shot. Probably I would send it to my trash bin. Though colors and vantage point are very good.

  25. Marcie says:

    Love how you've framed this - picking up on seemingly insignificant details and making them significant. Excellent!

  26. CraigM says:

    Trash bin?? Say what? I think it's great, as many have said the symmetry with the nails and the shoes is what makes it for me. Exceptionally well spotted I say! :)

  27. Matt Preston says:

    The very fact that so many people have commented with differing opinions shows that this photo is not one for the trash.

    I like it. The lack showing more than just an arm or leg of any of the people in it, gives you something to look at. Lets your eye wander around the image analysing everything from the way the man clasps his phone to the way the woman is sat, to the type of shoes the guy is wearing (top right).

    Photography, like all arts, comes in many shapes and forms, rules and rule-breakers. What some may like others may hate. That's what makes it art!

  28. Doum says:

    Interesting! You give to me many ideas. Really creative approach. Bravo.

  29. Liang says:

    i like the composition here to show everything that is going around in the scenery. nicely done!

  30. david says:

    i don't think the "trash" man was being disrespctful: perhaps more a mistranslation coming out too direct. i think it depends on your "vision" - if you're a straight on kind of fill-the-shot-with-the-subject person then this may be incomprehensible in a way.

  31. Anonymous

    very nice detail of the city spirit - I like the red nails

  32. Arjan - PlasticDaisy says:

    No heads just bodies going about their business. Nice one!

  33. Mohammadreza says:

    great framing, also like composition ...

  34. k@ says:

    Fingers & shoes, same fight ! :) Well seen, Ilan Parr !

  35. Lunamania says:

    oh! I really like how the pointy shoes mirror the razor nails. The sharp points juxtaposed with the nice warm light are a nice tension in the image.

  36. Evita says:

    An exciting and unique angle you got this photograph at. Makes one wonder about the people just passing by...

  37. John Maslowski says:

    Excellent angle and frame for this shot. Love those red nails, they really grab your attention. Stunning composition.

  38. Ivar says:

    Very cool perspective with great colors and light. nice.

  39. Jinksee says:

    I love your photos. Can I just say that? Every time I come to your blog, I am just more amazed by what I find. Great stuff. :D

  40. sherri says:

    An exceptional street scene. I like how you were able to get so many people without showing their faces.

  41. navin says:

    That is one slim ciggy

  42. Brittany Nicole says:

    Nice color!!! And great composition! Now I feel even more special that you approve of my work :)

  43. Arromen says:

    What an incredible light! And the lady's nails that capture the eye are amazing!

  44. Terry H. says:

    Love the vivid color. The reds are great. Would not want to be kicked in the private parts with those shoes she is wearing. :)

  45. NJ & SB Photography says:

    interesante urbana, rica en color y expresividad!!

  46. Fritsch says:

    Another classic Ilan & that's great! Your colours are superb and the situations you capture always make my days, Ilan. Thanks for this one. And yes I did it: You gote my vote!

  47. Ian says:

    Crikey, I'm going to have to hop off to explore this Martin Parr influence, I so don't know the guy! But I loved the image straight off, if only for the shadow of the guy blending into the left foot of the woman. I think that's awesome. Oh, and nice one for revealing the "secret" - it takes nothing away from your photo, it only inspires more. :-)

    (And, lol, cheers for the prompt, man :-D Solidarity!)

  48. Giovanni says:

    Very interesting and effective composition!! Like the play of light and shadow and the play of showing and not showing people! Great shot!

  49. Phototherapy says:

    I read the interview, I think you are right about wide angle lens in street photography, very difficult to achieve without asking people (simple, and so rewarding..), but the result is here:
    You just pop up into the scene.
    Technically, the colors are beautiful and you smartly played with the angle (no horizon) and the blacks to "close" the image and put the focus on what's important.

  50. Olivier Jules says:

    a beautiful shot!! very well captured!

  51. bogdan says:

    Great capture. Love looks like she assorted her nails with her blouse

  52. Mahbubur Rahman says:

    Imitation IS the best form of flattery :).... but even then, you've succeded in putting your own touch to it, and make it unique..

  53. Darietto says:

    what a red nails :) Everything in this shot is studied; everything is in the right place. But i wonder who is the red nails girl :)

  54. aleksarus says:

    Still, a women's issue inexhaustible! ;)

  55. Soe says:

    Simple yet effective capture.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love it!

  56. Denis says:

    Surprising shot, but why not?? Good one !

  57. T and S says:

    Fantastic composition Ilan. I liked the way you focused on the fingers.

  58. namaki says:

    That's a nice picture well in Martin Parr's style ... thanks for the link !

  59. Mojo says:

    After just scrolling through a few of your photos, I have to say... you have some truly fantastic work here!

    Congratulations on your anniversary too! (I couldn't quite figure out when that was, but it's reasonably recent I'd guess.) She's a truly lovely woman. Treat her well.

  60. John says:

    Great composed street shot, Ilan.

  61. Framed and Shot says:

    Good one! And so nice that she had made her nails in the same color as her sweater!
    Your street shot tells a story, even without showing a face.... Well done!

  62. Alex says:

    Buen encuadre cerrado, me gusta el juego de sombras, enhorabuena.

  63. Mike says:

    My eyes are drawn to her two fingers. Another great scene with a little mystery.

  64. Ginnie says:

    It does look like you're following in his footsteps, Ilan! Well done.

  65. c o n f l a g r a t i o says:

    Nice shot, street dynamic, anonym people comming and going away with their thinking.

  66. Diane C. says:

    I like the contrast of the woman's shiny manicured nails and fancy shoes against the dirty sidewalk.

  67. Carver says:

    I like the shadows in this shot. Very good composition.

  68. AC says:

    Great use of light and shadow! I especially like that you've captured the hands- they are so expressive in themselves.

  69. Anne says:

    I like the rich coulours in this shot

  70. Ken says:

    Ilan, great candid street images. Gritty and real. Love them!

  71. One says:

    A very nice composition and just title !!

  72. Scott Schilling says:

    Wonderful composition with a ton visual interest! Great work on this one!

  73. jpla says:

    Bel angle, j'aime !

  74. standley says:

    Wow, I love this, the light play is superb!

  75. joshi daniel says:

    the shape of the nails and the shoes are very similar! i love these kind of shoes!

  76. Gérard says:

    Il se passe toujours quelque chose dans tes photos soit un effet ou des couleurs, j'aime.

  77. silvermikan says:

    Nice shot! I think she likes arrows.

  78. Beat says:

    you have "the eye" Ilan. grat detail shot! just perfect

  79. philzoc says:

    Just good moment ! Great shoot !!

  80. Lynda Lehmann says:

    Love the dark shadows rimming the primary-colored subject in mystery!

  81. Stephane says:

    Hi Ilan,
    I'll comment on your comment later on my blog.
    That's a swift capture. the dialogue between the woman's legs and shoes with the man's is just wonder.Especially when they clearly ignore each other's presence. To have them connected is a nice allegory about how connected we are whatever's going on and a beautiful catch. Nice triangulation.

  82. Michael Rawluk says:

    The red nail polish leaps right off the screen. Super shot.

  83. Rob says:

    Wonderful captures. I really enjoy looking at street photography and wish I could get over whatever issues I have with doing it myself and try it out :)

  84. says:

    Ilan..thank you for visiting my blog. While I am not a photographer, I can certainly appreciate the quality and beauty of your is amazing.

  85. lasiate says:

    des couleurs énergiques et le regard à la recherche du rouge

  86. Pied Crow says:

    excellent capture of a moment. With no faces to look at, we are left to find meaning in the feet and hands and motion of the shot -- very nice.

  87. biologion says:

    Very intresting frame, I like the composition!

  88. XaviH says:

    I like this one more than many of Martin Parr!!

  89. Calusarus says:

    I love the colours here

  90. claude says:

    Beautiful street shot, I like this kind of framing!

  91. MiNe says:

    Brilliant Work!!

  92. Snapshutter says:

    Not sure which is more dangerous ... those nails or those shoes. Very captivating.

  93. bluechameleon says:

    Such an amazing shot! The colours and strong light work so well with the people and shadows. Superb!!

  94. popel says:

    Great image !!!!

  95. lazyclick says:

    Beautiful snap, with details well captured.

  96. Omar says:

    Wow, this is a simple picture, but with deep atmosphere and cool nails

  97. lisaschaos says:

    Looks like a lot going on there!

  98. Foto'S says:

    Great capture !

  99. Anna says:

    Very interesting composition Ilan. Anna :)

  100. Alline says:

    Rencontre inattendue...

    Superbe cadrage !

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