|Elderly woman crossing road [Alamy image ref. BMR0RP]|
My eye has always been attracted to people’s shadows… probably since I started to capture my own elongated ombre as rendered by a low angle of a winter sun and a 20mm wide-angle lens on any one of my Nikon cameras during the past 40 years. Nowadays, the elevation of my window above the road which runs alongside the more than 1,000-year old abbey church opposite, gives me a bird’s-eye view of passing traffic and people… and both types of subject from this viewpoint have made a number of sales on Alamy.
The population of this town is fairly aged (about 20% are in a large retirement home up the road) and although the residents are naturally expected to be fairly slow at moving about, many of them do get out every day for a walk or to do some shopping… so I have a lot of shooting opportunities with not too nimble subjects!
This particular lady is the mother of the patron of the local hotel where I stay much of the time. Her stoop is not a subject searched for very often on Alamy (probably the American meaning of “stoop” – a small staircase ending in a platform – receives more) and since this image was taken, I have ended-up doing her shopping two or three times a week so I don’t get the chance to photograph her any more. But, I do have three or four images of her on Alamy which hopefully stand out from the crowd because of the shooting angle and plainly viewed shadow from above.
This image was licensed RM by Alamy for 25 years for use in a worldwide distributed English Language textbook and eBook with a 3-million print-run under my “a la France” pseudonym.