Sofia photomarathon III: Escape

Venue: central Sofia

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: Pink Floyd – Hey You (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEDjF2tLbhk)

This is the third out of three posts about my participation in the Sofia photomarathon (scroll down to see them in chronological order). The last theme in the contest was also pretty conceptual: “Escape”. So it can be pretty much anything – a city escape to the nearby mountain, or people running away, some friends were suggesting escaping somewhere up high on a tall building..I liked instead the “escape from reality” idea making use of one of the places we went to for the previous topic in search of “silence”. I thought someone reading books in this isolated place at the library would be the true “escape” photo, but it required submitting a different type of photo for the second topic and we were happy enough with the stopped clock for this purpose.

So we headed back to the library with this idea and then wanted to try some street photos afterwards, just to try the “running away” idea and see what chance brings. And here’s what happened:

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Back to the desk at the library, with my model for day.
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But we wanted a darker photo where you mostly see the reader’s contour and the white curtains are  leading you away.
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And this is the one that we both liked the most.
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But we had to try a few more shots, changing the focus..
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..or the posture.
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Back on the street we saw someone else competing in the photomarathon, and she (the lady on the right, she even had a tripod) used her kids as models to run around.
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So I also tried a few shots, just for fun and not to use them in the competition of course. But still the lady with the camera got pissed and came to complain, so we went on.
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Another randomly spotted thing on the way – a backyard with two old and rusty cars “Moskvich” – the Russian cars that were the only option in Bulgaria during the socialist times, many years ago. An escape in different times..
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And the promised tries for a street escape, but we just couldn’t get it right I think.
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Another try, but we decided that’s not it, and the shots in the library are much better.
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So we headed back to deliver the photos to the contest organizers, but not before taking a few shots on the way – a plane passing by is also a very obvious escape metaphor, even if this one was actually landing.
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And here are some weird windows and graffiti in one of the hipstery streets in town – if you think about it pretty much everything is a form of escape from some angle.
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Even this pipe was trying to escape from the sewers.

But at the end of the day we went for the reader escaping reality photo, which was probably my best shot for the day if I compare the three photos in the different topics. But surely others would think differently, so I again remind you that you can rate all the photos at http://photosynthesis.bg/maraton-glasuvane.html by entering your email and clicking on a photo rating it from 2 to 6 (2 is bad, 6 is excellent).

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32 thoughts on “Sofia photomarathon III: Escape

  1. I was laughing at the point where you have to sneak in at someone else’s photoshoot and took some yourself , although you will not use them…but it was a brave and cool act though…lol

    I love the library scene…

    It was serene..quiet…and filled with so much solitude ..what a great escape it would be

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    1. Thanks! I kinda knew I’d choose the library shots for the theme, but wanted to also make a blog post about it so I needed some more shots to tell the story, that’s why I was so eager to sneak at the other photoshoot 🙂

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  2. Being a book lover and a writer, loved the idea of escaping into a new world through books. That’s what we really do, isn’t it? My favourite one is the one where the focus is changed; the bookshelves are sharper with the reader in the background. Perfect shot, I think, on the theme of ‘escapism’. Thanks for sharing them 🙂

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