Football Bench - Avanguardian Gallery London

Stan de Longeaux

Football Bench

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Toulon, France, May 2017.

A group of several boys were playing ball in the street, very freely on a plot. A way of evolving so easy and authentic that I was particularly touched by it, and I started to photograph them for several minutes. I attended many events in their game: sporting elements, meetings, arguments, even fighting and crying ... Here, the group is more peaceful and two of its members rest for a few moments apart. In doing so, they compose for my objective a magnificent picture with these elements: their very photogenic position on this small peron staircase, lit so as to make them stand out in silhouettes, the chair placed on the right, no one knows why but increasing the beauty of the composition, the light in streaks of shadows, on the left wall, offering a very artistic graphic impression. All these elements fix this moment in a composition very evocative of a moment made eternal.

This image is issued from my collection « City Instants ».

Humanity has created cities and towns since Antiquity to gather there, to protect themselves, to find there commonly the facilities it needs, to exchange, to have fun there, in short to share there.

My images unearth sharing on every street corner; it is sometimes only about his idea or its evocation, even symbols.

The magic of the photo rests in this ability to freeze for eternity the unique and fleeting moment. So many moments, so many expressions gathered in a single framing. All these trajectories suddenly and for a short time combined. These thousand destinies then compose, through the eyes of the photographer, a great whole that exceeds everyone. Timeless rendering by black & white. This is how my City Instants are born.

First quality Print of numerical photography. Direct print on Aluminium 3mm, 50x75 cm.

Highly strong, rigid, waterproof and finest no pixelized result.