Up Against the Wall – Theme Week: Oddities (2/8)

Up Against the Wall

Walls can be live-saving protection or they can symbolize exclusion. They can mean imprisonment. They can carry historic or religious meaning. Walls can be emotional. Walls can be figurative barriers. Take a minute and just think about how walls have affected your life good or bad.

While in the main square in Zagreb, Croatia, I saw this woman facing this wall. She didn’t move. I think she may have been on her cell phone. I don’t know if she was just having a casual conversation, or if she had gotten bad news. I could only wonder why she was facing the wall and very still. It was very odd. I find the picture unsettling.

It is moments like this that make for a great moment to photograph, but I often find myself hesitant to photograph people. I am working more on photographing people and approaching them and explaining what I am doing with the camera. People react differently, but it is a wall I build between me and the subjects that I need to tear down.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EFS 15-85 85mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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