Monday, February 22, 2010

Three Ladies, One Bicycle

I came across this scene in my favourite park in Vienna, the Augarten. Did not really know what to make of it, but it looked so iconic that I just could not resist a clandestine snap:

The three young women were resting against the wall - eyes closed, smiling, faces turned up towards the sun. The bicycle seemed to be "with them" rather than belonging to one of them, almost like a fourth person. Intriguing...

14 comments:

  1. That is a rather unusual scene to run into - it looks very posed :) Did you see anyone else in the area with a camera? :)

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  2. Guess we're all looking for more sun here in the northern hemispere!

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  3. portlandize - They stood this way for a while. Some other people walked by and took a picture, but it did not seem like they were posing intentionally.

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  4. Smoke break! or as pointed out...sun worship in the northern hemisphere, especially loved in the northern most parts.

    Aaron

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  5. What you can tell, or conjecture, from the picture:
    They are standing in front of the Viennese Porcelain Manufactury in Augarten.
    The bike belongs to the one on the far left, as you can see her bag by the bike, while the other two have their bags. She doesn't like her bike seat to get wet when it rains.
    The building they are in front of faces southwest. The sun seems to be west of that, so it may be mid to late afternoon.
    Are they coming, or going? Perhaps they are meeting at an easy landmark. The one with the bike arrive first, set her bag next to bike, and waited for her friends. The second one arrived a moment later, set down her bag, and joined the first friend standing in the sweet sunshine. Then the third arrived, in the middle, joining her two friends to linger a bit before their appointment. Would need a little higher resolution in the photo to tell/guess more. Great photo!

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  6. i love this ~ just LOVE it! on so many levels.

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  7. Save that photo for a contest sometime. Even after close examination, it isn't clear to me what those triangles are off to the right, but the cropping and their inclusion is intriguing and consistent with the ladies enjoying the sun.

    PS: The bike looks pretty nice, too, but generator hubs probably are pretty common around Vienna so it'll pass unremarked.

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  8. This is awesome! Great composition. I like how the trees in the back are balancing the women out. And the bike does look like a third companion :)

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  9. John - That sounds very plausible : )

    Steve - Those triangles are hedges. See this picture from November. You are right, the generators are very common here, because a bicycle is not road-legal without lights.

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  10. Knowing this was shot in February at northern latitudes is enough backstory for me - last week when the sun shone in my corner of the world I saw several up against a sunny wall, out of the wind, eyes closed, same beatific expressions. No other bikes though, sadly.

    Emma J

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  11. Beautiful shot. I also enjoyed John's detective work!

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  12. This is the hottest picture I've seen in awhile.
    Jim

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