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The Great Divide

One day while in NYC, we sat in the park behind the New York Public Library and people-watched.  On the periphery of the park, I saw these two guys and couldn't help but notice the symbolism of the tree that divided them.

Special thanks to Suby for his Borders Turtorial posted on May 4th and his B&W Tutorial posted on May 8th!
See, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  :)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

The Great Divide

One day while in NYC, we sat in the park behind the New York Public Library and people-watched.  On the periphery of the park, I saw these two guys and couldn't help but notice the symbolism of the tree that divided them.

Special thanks to Suby for his Borders Turtorial posted on May 4th and his B&W Tutorial posted on May 8th!
See, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  :)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (27)

Great title for a terrific shot. The guy on the right just needs his super double mocha latte with whipped cream and a cherry.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, Michael. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
This turned out very well, Ginnie. It reminds us how lucky we are to have a home, our health, and those we love around us. And that it could all be taken away in one short moment.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kay. We are very fortunate and need to count our blessings! Thanks for the reminder.
Very nice capture. Symbolic, indeed. Black and white is perfect for this composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen.
Ohh!! Ginnie, yo creo que has tenido una buena visión al componer esta escena. El detalle del árbol y las situaciones de los dos hombres son geniales !!.
Yo tambien estoy con el tema de marcos, como te has dado cuenta. Este me gusta, revisaré el tutorial de Suby... pero con mi inglés será difícil poder seguirlo. Probaremos smile

Ohh! Ginnie, I believe that you have had a good vision when composing this scene. The detail of the tree and the situations of both men are brilliant.
I also am with the subject of marks, since you have realized. This like, I will review I the tutorial of Suby... but with my English it will be difficult to be able to follow it. We will provesmile
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind with your words, Jose. Thank you.
The first thing I notice (even more than the trappings of relative wealth) is the posture of each person. The man on the right seems to actively reject the other one. So much symbolism in this great photo, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if these guys even "see" each other, Karen? Are they both "immune?" So many questions and not enough answers.
Hard, but so great shot ! B&W is nice here Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
OoooOhoooH Ginnie. Youve moved up 10 notches. Hard act to follow you are. Still busting a few veins to catch up with you. Please dont let up. Me likes a lot. I noticed the difference immediately
Ginnie Hart: You still flatter me too much, Busola. I'm afraid I might steer you down the wrong path for YOU if you tried to follow me! You have your own niche and I like you just the way you are. smile
It is indeed a great divide - well spotted Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: And never the 'twain shall meet? I hope to God we can figure this out or do we really have to live with "the poor you'll always have with you?"
  • paul
  • 12 May 2007, 08:27
well observed Ginnie- a very telling picture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Paul.
I want photoshop now....but just for the borders. Great shot, Ginnie. It really tells a story.
Ginnie Hart: I guess that's what pictures do! Tell stories. This was my first border on PS. It was fun. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 12 May 2007, 10:57
Ginnie, I have to pay you the ultimate compliment here and tell you that this is a street photo that I would be more than proud to have taken myself. The conversion is great (without my own high key approach), composition is very good. If ever there was an illustration of the old adage "A picture tells a thousand words", then this is it. Excellent work. Many kind regards, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: You DID pay me the highest compliment from you, Neil. Thank you kindly!
You've created a perfect illustration for the word dichotomy, Ginnie.

The contrasts in New York are for me the most striking thing about the city. Sadly, for people to live there, often they must tune others situations and lives out in order to carry on themselves.

I was scrolling down to see how your pic would look without the signage and noticed there's an ivy leaf in a perfect heart shape just to the right of the sleeping man's foot. Nice, serendipitous touch!
Ginnie Hart: "Dichotomy" is a a good word for this, Josie. You're right. I actually was quite surprised that I didn't see MORE of this dichotomy in Manhattan as one would expect in a big city. Even the subways were clean and relatively clear of it. We did get beggars coming through the subway cars from time to time, and then they were gone. But they weren't loitering about inside the stations, that I saw.

Thanks for pointing out the heart-shaped leaf. Only YOU would see that!

BTW, your name is not clickable. You must not be filling something in, or are you doing that on purpose?
  • Ellie
  • 12 May 2007, 16:38
Very well spotted Ginnie, and well photographed too. The details are very good. I like the way the leaves fade into focus.

Having read Josie's comment I wonder about a very much tighter crop which would focus more on the people and leave their surroundings more to the imagination. But, I'm the world's worst when it comes to chopping bits off my own pictures so I should really keep quiet.

This sort of picture could be used by a charitable organisation.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean by a tighter crop, Ellie. This one is already cropped in from what it was. In the end I decided the FedEx Kinko's was part of the "divide," as Bridge mentioned after your comment.

I must say that I was quite delighted the guy on the left was here in the park instead of out on the street/alley somewhere. That was my only consolation. My theory is that Nature is healing wherever and to whomever!
Ginnie, this is wonderful! Very symbolic...don't think it needs to be cropped...the difference in the Kinko's signage behind each gentleman adds to the divide. Look forward to a photo from Atlanta!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bridge, for your kind words and for stopping by.

Welcome to SC!
Well captured Ginnie & well presented smile
Ginnie Hart: You're always a sweetheart, Chris. Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Lisbon
  • 12 May 2007, 22:06
Wonderful result on this b&W portrait... The simbolism is terrific. Great moment here!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Lina. Thank you.
  • Ellie
  • 12 May 2007, 23:03
My excuse is that I haven't a clue what FedEx is .. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, it's like UPS, Ellie. It stands for Federal Express and is a courier company. Worldwide, I think. But it's very much a part of the corporate world that sends and receives packages all day long.
Another mass of contracdictions for you ... kinda makes one think - love it absolutely smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ade. Life is full of contradictions, isn't it. I guess learning to live with them is the Journey we all need to take!
Absolutely fantastic title for this shot : Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb.
That's a good idea - love it
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 14 May 2007, 03:07
Really nice photo. And I'm most grateful for the tips from Suby. Thank you, Suby! I need to set aside some time to work on this. Ginnie, your version is brilliant! This is just a masterpiece if you ask me.
Ginnie Hart: Suby explained the tips thoroughly, Ruth, so if I can follow them, they'll be a cinch for you.

Your comment is very meaningful to me, I hope you know!
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 14 May 2007, 12:30
Thanks for the links to Suby's tutorials. I've bookmarked them for future reference. You've certainly used the B&W tips well in this one. And the symbolism is very powerful too.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jimbo. I was thrilled by how easy it was to follow his tips and to have them work well for this pic.
This is one of my favs, Ginnie. I love the symbolism.
My BIL & SIL (the one I took the trip with in December) live right by that park.
Ginnie Hart: I tried to find the name of the park in my book. My niece would remember because it's one of her favorite parks.

Isn't amazing how we can be so few people removed in geography from each other!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 15 May 2007, 15:24
Perfect shot ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Neal. Thank you.
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 18 May 2007, 17:28
Super! It tells it all. Very well seen!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Julia. Sorry I missed this from too long ago!
Read louis's comment today and came in search of the two men. I was well rewarded! What a great image Ginnie. Perfectly titled and observed - even the greater space for the left as opposed to the right is appropriate!
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, PP, but I read Louis' comment and had no clue what he was talking about. So thank you for figuring it out for me. grin

I really appreciate that you came to find this, Jose. Thanks for the comment.
I think the cropping is spot on Ginnie - the Fedexkinko's is integral to the shot as you say.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks again. Jose. Your "assessment" means a lot.

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