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Backstreet Catwalk by nnPhoto Backstreet Catwalk by nnPhoto
Sometimes, it's best to look for the perfect light and then wait for something interesting to happen. The light in this shot is all natural.

There was just a bit of light seeping from the ceiling of the marketplace. I was sitting there and waiting for over an hour. I captured a lot of people coming and going through there. It was my second day with the Canon 1DX and I must admit that I had to delete most of the pics because the focus was way off. Changing from 9 to 61 focus points is not as easy as I expected.

This is one of the photos that I liked. Especially the look on the face of the guy behind her... just.. priceless.
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Given 2012-10-03
Backstreet Catwalk by ~nnstalker Suggester says: "truly a decisive instant shot where the artist not only captured a great moment perfectly, but it goes beyond this moment expanding into a story which stirs the viewers imagination. It is also a delight to go through this deviants gallery who shows his photographic talent in a wide range of fields and around the world." ( Suggested by batmantoo and Featured by StamatisGR )
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BoredKid-in-School Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
he be like: say gurrrrrrl xD
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MorbidKittyCorpse Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! Worth the wait for sure! Well done!
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icmb94 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
looks nice I would like to see what this looks like in black and white :)
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BretWalda1X Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
love it n faved, mint!
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dedieyes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the story you've created with this photo, very unique and original. You certainly got the focus spot on! :D
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a fantastic use of the natural lighting, great job
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Wiku2707 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bravo, great separation subject from background. I love that.
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wjie20 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Hmmm.... Took me awhile before understanding this photo. Then I read the comments, now I understand. 
It's photos like these that is what I believe to be photography. Great work! and thank you for reminding me what photography is about!
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klinone Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice one! that's rly cool my friend ;)
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splendidofsun Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo! And a suitable title too. Congratulation on the DD, well deserved :worship:
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
featured here [link]
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Amearenth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:love::love::love::love: Oh, and I should also add my comment here, Mr. Stalker. I must admit that I love all of your photographs. I've seen loads of your work, some before you even submitted it to DA... and you still need to do the photo shoot I suggested.... But back to my point. I love the contrasting light in the photo, how you captured a hilarious moment in the background, and the way the girl in the photo really screams;"Here! I'm your focus.". It would look almost posed if it weren't for the candid shot in the background. Bravo to you and a golf clap. ♥♥♥♥♥
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
As a friend of mine put it "She adds a touch of elegance to a beat down marketplace alley" Thanks for the comment :)
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Daggettgirl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Beautiful, she looks very confident. Almost supermodel like, while everyone else is in the dark. Very impressive.
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archaicglint Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Writer
where was picture taken? its very nice!
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Hanoi, Vietnam
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AnddyKings Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
exelente fotografia.
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JuT193 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
just reading your artist's comment makes me respect this more
great job man
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EdGarcia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
As others have said The guy in the background seems like he's guarding her or wondering "why are you taking pictures of the girl he was about to kidnap"?
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
It's a great shot of a kid walking down the street. I think people are imposing their own interpretations though. I've lived in Asia for over 6 years, and that's just a kid waling down the street. They have no idea what the shirts mean, usually. I've seen students walking around with "Lucky 69" emblazoned on their chests, and they only know it has the word "lucky," is in English, and looks kinda' cool. The reality of the situation has little or nothing to do with the general interpretation the average Western male will have of this. She probably thinks the shirt means "I love rabbits." I would be very careful not to impose a story on this photo that doesn't actually exist, such as that the man is scoping out the girl or has even notices her.
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Not everyone is imposing the wrong interpretation. Yeah the guy behind the girl is not really stalking her or about to eat her brain. It just looks like it.. That's what I liked about the shot and what seems to have stirred peoples' imagination, that's all.
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Ah, photographing people is quite difficult. I have a really hard time doing it, for social reasons, and inhibitions about either asking people to take their pictures OR aiming a camera at them. And yet much of my favorite photography is candid photos of people, who certainly haven't given their permission. I feel like a stalker or a hunter when I try to "shoot" or "capture" people. It's tough. Once you have them captured, then their existence becomes the subject of YOUR creation. The angle of photography is chosen by you, as is the angle of background, and what's in or not in the picture. Your orientation to the subject creates an interpretation. Someone else might photograph the same people within a few minutes and all of them might seem completely different people in the resulting photos.

When you photograph real people, and people in other countries in particular, you are making them a subject and putting them in a context. It's tough to do. You want something sensational, but you don't want to sensationalize. It's easy, for example, for someone who has had a really tough and miserable life to appear calm and wizened sitting on a chair in a photo. In the picture at hand, the girl is easily seen in an erotic or fetishistic light that may have absolutely nothing to do with who or where she was at the moment, and may only exist in the minds of onlookers looked at a framed instant. Often in a photo we capture a story, but it may not be the real story at all, is what I'm getting at. We rarely know the real context. Also, what may be beautiful in a photo (such as cigarette smoke captured in B&W white photos, when it's back-lit), make be repugnant in reality.

Most people wouldn't ever think to question the photo the way I did. I just happened to have lived more than 10% of my life in Asia, and seen countless girls wearing shirts that say things like "I'm not easy, but we can discus it," and so I'm quite away of the difference between how such girls would appear in photos and who they really are (this is especially apparent when they are my students).

Sorry for the lecture. I'm sure you've heard it all before.
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Ki-tty Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
"In the picture at hand, the girl is easily seen in an erotic or fetishistic light that may have absolutely nothing to do with who or where she was at the moment, and may only exist in the minds of onlookers looked at a framed instant."

Why,cause she's wearing a t-shirt with a playboy bunny on it or shorts?

really. It's a girl walking down a market street with some confidence. I think you sir are just a pervert yourself for directly jumping to this conclusion.
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
and the title is superimposed on the picture
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Ki-tty Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
backstreet catwalk,hm.

Wait the woman is on a backstreet and walking in a confident manner much like models do on well whaddaya know.. a catwalk.

I really believe you are the one with the problem, and if the title is the only argument you can bring up against that statement then maybe you should really think over what you are trying to say,then sit back relax and realize that maybe just maybe there isn't an issue at all and you are really just being difficult over nothing. If you really where so concerned with the girl in this picture and her well being.. ask the artist if the girl has SEEN the picture herself and what she the woman what this is about thought of it.
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Hi Joyce.

You assume the "woman" [that's a girl between 12-16] is walking in a confident manner, but to me she looks like she's shuffling. Vietnam can be murderously hot (note the man isn't wearing a shit), and people will walk in a very lazy sort of way that has nothing to do with confidence.

"I really believe you are the one with the problem" – Actually, I'm just the one who has had graduate level seminars about the social implications and responsibility of photography.

"you should really think over what you are trying to say,then sit back relax and realize that maybe just maybe there isn't an issue at all and you are really just being difficult over nothing" I just made a brief note for people to be careful of imposing a context, but the reactions were difficult and often insulting.

Finally, I would agree that it would be interesting to know what the girl thinks of the photo and what she was actually doing. Does she know what Playboy is? Does she think she was strutting as if on a runway? Does she think she was being alluring? Why does she think the photographer was taking her picture? Did he ask her if he could put her picture online? Did he tell her first what "Playboy" is before asking her if he could put it online. Those are all interesting questions if one is interested in the social implications of street photography.

But really, I was just cautioning people not to superimpose a false story on the real people in the photo. However, again, most people couldn't care less about the social implications.
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Okay. This is getting silly. I never wanted to respond to be honest. You gave me a lecture about a context that doesn't exist, assumed that I stole the shot, and somehow blamed me for sexualizing the girl. But let me explain to you a few obvious things here.

First, let's look at the Camera Data section. 85mm prime lens. It's a little hard to steal a shot with a lens like that since I was standing pretty close to her. They noticed me there, I was pretty much in the middle of the alleyway blocking their way. I never hide and steal shots, that is not me. I did show her the pic, she laughed and the guy behind her was standing there eyeing us strangely.. He too, saw the pic, tried to say something to the girl and she ran off.. Yes, from the body language, he was a bit of a creep.

The other thing is, I know that she looks very young, but if you spend enough time traveling around Asia you will realize that girs always look way younger than they really are. She could very well be 20-23 and still has a childish face and figure. I didn't really ask her how old she was, but I kept getting surprised in Vietnam in particular with how old some of those girls really are. I got approached by girls in restaurants and bars where they wanted to practice the little English that they learn in school "Hello" "How are you?" "How old are you?" "How long are you in Vietnam for?" stuff like that. Girls that don't look a day older than 14 were actually in their early 20's.. Oh and on the subject of the shirt? yeah people there tend to wear whatever is available there if they simply like the color, or sometimes if they have it. Having a choice in clothing styles is a luxury that is so alien to most of them. I honestly didn't even notice the Playboy logo until I posted the shot online. You're the only one commenting in the Playboy logo anyway. I don't see others who thought that it was a problem.

Why did I call it "Backstreet Catwalk"? Well.. it wasn't me who called it that really. The girl there pretty much said "looks like a supermodel!" when she saw the pic on my camera, and mimicked an exaggerated playful catwalk. What I think of when I hear catwalk is elegance, grace and beauty. The word is not really associated to objectifying or sexualizing women in my head. Granted, I'm a guy. I look at some women and get sexual thoughts... That's only human of me. That was not the case on this shot, and I didn't see any comments here even suggesting that. You might argue that the commenters here on DA are more mature, but take a look at any of the cosplay groups and you will know that pervy comments are very common here.

I don't like to get upset about criticism, I always welcome it. It's how I got my skills better over the years and it's how I plan on keeping to improve. Your comment, however, was not that at all. It was all assumptions on the context. The shot was featured in a group called "Womanly Respect" just the other day. I think if a group that promotes respect and fights objectifying women to feature this shot, it pretty much means that the context that you're talking of here only exists in your head. It's not there. It was never meant to be there and I don't see anyone else arguing that it's there.
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Amearenth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Someone else who sees that he is a closet pervert for thinking of her as "erotic" or "fetishistic"....Which by the way, Mr. Pervert, you used to word incorrectly. Anyways, that goes back to my comment about perverted men. ^.^
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I used the word correctly. You are not familiar with this sort of discourse on photography or you would have understood my usage. Anway, if you want to flame me (call me names…), send me a private note so as not to clutter this page.
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Amearenth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing with art is it invokes a different feeling, thought, or memory for everyone. Instead of lecturing an artist who knows his craft, or trying to belittle the intelligence of the other people who've come to view this photo, why don't you try just appreciating the photo for what it is, a beautiful and well captured moment in time. True, most males will see this and think; "Oh look, a hot girl. I must try to imagine her naked now.", not all males are the same. Also you're not questioning the photo or the artist for that matter, you're just generally being unpleasant. ^.^
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Actually, I'm just bringing up the social context of a photo of a person. Often people ignore it or impose their own context on it. There actually is social responsibility whenever one takes photos, particularly of people without their permission, and when taking them of people from other cultures and in other countries (this is why I personally have a really hard time taking people's pictures, even when I now they will make great photos). I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the picture – I like it – but it doesn't exist in a vacuum, and it's vulnerable to certain misinterpretations. The title, "cat walk," could unintentionally play into the most predictable of those stereotypes.

Fault me for being a teacher in Asia for over 5 years, but when I look at that girl I see a student. I might have taken a picture of her in a completely different context. When we photograph people we choose a sort of story to put them in and create a context.

You'll also have to forgive me for having several university photography classes and graduate seminars dealing with precisely these sorts of issues.
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Amearenth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aye, sometimes there is a social context put onto photos, but no one tried to limit this photo, no where did the artist try to objectify the girl, nor did he try to put her into a limited role. Honestly,you're reading far too much into the title, and if you look at the photo she is very confident with herself and you can see that. I think THAT is why it has "cat walk" in the title, not because she is a sex bomb or some other such nonsense term. As I said, instead of lecturing about what you think the artist is doing, why don't you simply not try to read into the context. Did you once stop to think and may have shown the girl her photo after he took it? He may have taken it without warning, but I personally know the artist and know that he tends to show his subject their photos after they're taken.
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Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
There’s always a context, Mia, which is what makes the photos interesting, and is exactly why the photo in question is interesting. Of course, when you take pictures of local people in far off lands, you are part of a power dynamic. You are insinuating yourself into that person’s life, treating them as an object of curiosity or interest, and documenting their appearance. In this case the photographer will then put the picture online for thousands of people to see. There’s a lot going on there. More often than not there is a power imbalance, where the comparatively wealthy foreigner is taking a picture of a underprivileged local person, who doesn’t make enough in 6 months or a year to pay for such a camera. If it doesn’t interest you, then perhaps you are less interested in the social element of street photography than I am.

What I was cautioning the viewers about (if you read my original post you will notice I was not addressing the photographer, who I was giving the benefit of the doubt at the time) is the risk of superimposing a false context on a real one. The photo was taken in Vietnam, and I’ve travelled in Vietnam and lived and worked there for over 9 months (and lived in SE Asia for over 5 years). I know this is just a girl walking on a street. Her shirt says, “I Love Playboy” but she doesn’t have a clue that “Playboy” is a men’s adult magazine. The man behind her is likely oblivious to her, and just trying to negotiate his way through the people on the street. I’ve walked down these same sorts of streets and bought fruit in the markets and eaten at the food stalls. I can walk outside now and be in a similar environment in 3 minutes. I can speak 2 Asian languages. So when I look at this picture, it doesn’t define the place or the people for me. I already have a broader context. She’s just a young girl walking somewhere, and there’s nothing to do with a “catwalk” or even “confidence”. This is just how it appears in the photo, which is the result of the way the photo was taken.

True, true, most people don’t have a social consciousness, and it would never occur to them to think about the role of a photographer as making social commentary. But, for those of us who take a more serious interest in art and photography, yes, of course, there’s a whole social dynamic going on, rich with meaning and implications, and the artist or photographer can shape people’s views and opinions about the people and places he or she photographs, sometimes in enlightening ways, and sometimes in ways that just reaffirm pre-existing notions or stereotypes.

(PS. Noticed you don’t have any deviations and have only commented on this photographers work in your 4 weeks at DA.)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You make a really good point and I hope the people criticising this young girl read it.

There are a lot of Westerners walking around with clothes or tattoos that have writing from any number of Asian languages on them and rarely do they know what the characters mean.
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UnknownToDeathNorLif Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Unbelievable.... This photo is truly amazing.
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mixdouble Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Faved...

Great Great Light...!
Stalker..."Son of Rembrandt"...!

Greetings Jakob.
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MistressAlexandraSHM Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the guy in the background is like
"Da fuq is she doin'?"

Regardless, Looks awesome.
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angrywinters Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Artist
Awesome.
Really great work, and that background guy is priceless.
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gnosticshaman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great shot. :)
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LordFreeza Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's mad because she stole the spotlight, lol!!
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inkdweller Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, nice, I think that just made my day.
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Chen-Illustration Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm seriously in awe with this shot. I can totally understand why you chose this photo. It's extremely catchy and yet so simple. You did an excellent job of capturing this brief moment. I can't stop looking!
So much about everyday life moment.
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Well, glad you found it captivating :)
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Lighry Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All natural u say?
It looks amazing!
Soft light but not too dark...i like it :)
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nnPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Wellllll.. there was some minor retouching of course.. but yeah.. the light is all natural
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Lighry Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
still looks beautiful :)
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MooMooIceCream Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect picture. :heart:
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KombatantN7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I only have two words for this......LOVE IT!!
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Titan303 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect timing for you,her and HIM lol!!!
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BoroD Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Magnificent shot, very amusing.
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