Ed Tepper  

Covid Foodie by Ed Tepper

November 2020 - Covid Foodie

November 2020 - Ed Tepper


About the Image(s)

Went downtown today to visit a gallery that just reopened after being closed for 5 months due to COVID and then being trashed in riots. It was the gallery I was to have my solo show in <grrr>. When I came out I spied these guys trying to make a few bucks selling food outside their store.

Leica Q2 28mm f 1.7 lens, f4, 1/125 ISO 800. I felt the colors distracted from the story so I converted to B&W, straighten, cropped and added several global and local contrast adjustments in Capture One 20.

9 comments posted

Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
So many stores and restaurants struggling to keep open. A lot of restaurants in my area have moved to the streets, setting up outdoor eating areas where parking used to be, in some cases closing off whole streets to become open air dining areas. I don't know what they will do when the rains come, though some are starting to set up dining tents.

Sorry that you show at the gallery was canceled or delayed.

I like the implied motion in the gesture of the man holding out the takeout box to be filled. For me, the strong eye contact among the participants directs my vision through the image. The people in the background seem to be enjoying their meals. I appreciate that the people stand out clearly and are in sharp focus. For me, the image has a sense of place. I think the crop is right on. I think the B&W presentation makes the image much stronger, I perceive that you selectively adjusted the brightness of each color. This is a very well done image.
I have a few picky suggestion for improvement: a very light, almost non-noticeable vignetting of the lower left hand corner, darkening the bright brick in the upper left hand corner, and a very slight crop on the left to eliminate the bright edge on the far left.
  Posted: 11/10/2020 21:44:00
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Thanks for your comments Victor. The show will be rescheduled for 2021 :-)   Posted: 11/10/2020 22:38:25
Victor Dallons   Victor Dallons
Good luck with your show. What are you putting in it?   Posted: 11/15/2020 21:43:26
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
I have a series of 12 street photos.   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:03:21

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
Ed, I like this image, but I have really would like to read the rest of that sign. At first look, I didn't associate the image with outdoor dining but rather a "You break I fix" place.
At any rate the image itself is a winner.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:07:18
Ed Tepper   Ed Tepper
Thank you. The juxtaposition is part of the story.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:20:27

Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk   Karen Johnson-Nieuwendijk
Ditto to everything that Victor said. Great image. It makes me wonder why he is bringing the container to be filled. Usually street vendors have their own containers to fill. Did the man with the container have some of the food before and is bringing it for a refill? The question adds to the story in my mind.   Posted: 11/15/2020 10:31:28

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Very nice street scene, Ed. I like your crop choice and the monochrome version is, in my opinion, more eye-catching than the color image. Looking at the faces of the man holding the container out and the "chef?", I see the story as a question or complaint about the contents of the container.   Posted: 11/17/2020 13:15:03

J. Lanning Smith   J. Lanning Smith
Hi Ed, This is a nice strong image. I like that everything is sharp, and I like the boldness of the black and white. It's much stronger than the color version is. And I think you cropped it perfectly.

Like Bev, I too found myself intrigued by the sign behind these guys. I spent time trying to figure out what the last line in the sign says. In fact, that's what I looked at first and I spent time there before going to the rest of the image. So, while I understand the juxtaposition that you were going for, and I think it's appropriate, the sign was a bit distracting to me.

But this is a great image in that it tells a story I think, and it is a good representation of the times right now. Well done! You did a good job bringing this scene to life.

And congratulations on your show. You'll have to tell us about it once it opens in the future.   Posted: 11/17/2020 14:09:03


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