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Two Faced Bus Stop

Posted by
Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 19 July 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

In Echo Park on Glendale Avenue. I've driven past here for two years and always wanted to take a picture. I finally got out of the car.

NIKON D60 1/80 second F/5.0 ISO 400 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very striking public art and wonderful processing you give it here. Perfect timing to finally get the shot - the figure at the bus stop is a great detail.

19 Jul 2011 6:32am

@Stephen: Thanks, Stephen!

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Simply marvelous. Brilliant that you included the man waiting for the bus !!
A super city was worth getting out and snapping this one, don't you think? :-)

19 Jul 2011 6:34am

@DULCIE: I do think! I've been meaning to for so long! :)

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

A riot of colour, perfect timing, the man really gives the perspective to these huge faces and he had the right coloured shirt on :)

19 Jul 2011 6:53am

@Christine: Lol, you noticed. The shirt is perfect, isn't it?

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A remarkable blend of dazzling illusion and reality here - difficult to make a separation. A bit like Life, really !

19 Jul 2011 7:21am

@Ronnie 2¢: Well, maybe for people like you who see everything in with blurred lines between reality and illusion... ;)

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

Big brother (and his sister) are watching you. love the colors, the man waiting for the bus really adds a lot to the shot. I wonder if he he one of the prolies, or maybe, even the outer party. D:

19 Jul 2011 7:27am

@Chris Pereira: LOL. Big brother and sister.

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Thats scary, love it.

19 Jul 2011 7:58am

@The Mouse: I know. Scared me!

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

those eyes are pure dead scary monsters!

19 Jul 2011 8:38am

@Sally: Evil eyes. And I suspect cannibalistic at night.

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Cela fait peur.
En tout cas bien vu avec ce petit personnage assorti aux yeux de la géante.

19 Jul 2011 8:39am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow! Stunning colors and perspective! I love it

19 Jul 2011 9:50am

@Anina Botes: Thanks, Anina! :))

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb street Art !! Great framing and beautiful colors !

19 Jul 2011 9:53am

@Mhelene: Thank you, M!

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I recognize the famous face of Dick Clark here. A great photo of this photo realism.

19 Jul 2011 10:30am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Is he still alive? He never changed, never aged. Amazing.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is just a brilliant and magnificent scene, Bettina! As you know, I'm not exactly known for being "deep" (he said from the bottom of the well), but this has the story of life all over it. Juxtaposed against these bright, smiley, colorful faces is one lone the early morning...looking at his message, or is he really just staring into the screen but looking m,uch further, sad over something, or maybe he's just half asleep and wishing he was back home in bed. Maybe he just lost a friend, ...Like when someone dies whom we deeplylove and, all of a sudden, here we are in this glass booth...we see the world going on around us, but we are not part of it....this image just makes me feel all those things. - I'll say it again This is just a magnificent and brilliant scene. And I am so glad you stopped.

19 Jul 2011 11:46am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you, Denny. I am really flattered at your in depth viewing of this shot. He was waiting for a loooooong time for that bus to come. In fact, I was there quite a while and it never came while I was there. I love the juxtaposition of the bright and colorful giant fake world and the ordinariness of the individual.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful and somewhat sad commentary on our society when texting becomes more important than embracing our surroundings! Well seen and captured Bettina! ;-)

19 Jul 2011 12:51pm

@Eric Cousineau: I know. He should have been talking to the giant heads! ;)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, wirklich beeindruckende Farben und ein fantastischer Größenvergleich mit dem wartenden Mann

19 Jul 2011 2:57pm

@Roman: Danke, Roman! Ja, der Vergleich ist etwas surreal.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How intriguing... so beautifully surreal! Superb observation and expression Bettina! Marvelous contrast between the captivating fake (commercial appeal?) and the boring reality (daily routine)!

19 Jul 2011 3:01pm

@hugo poon: Thank you, Hugo! The giants are smiling and the little man has not much more than his phone to wile away the time. It took forever for the bus to come. The contrast of boredom to their forced enthusiasm struck me as funny.

alex centrella from California, United States

fantastic colors and composition,,,,,, 5 stars ..

19 Jul 2011 3:55pm

@alex centrella: Wow, thanks, Alex!

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Fantastic!!! It was worth the wait. This is a winner.

19 Jul 2011 4:04pm

@Gary: Thank you, Gary! :))

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A great capture

19 Jul 2011 4:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent shot of this unique bus stop. With those colors and faces, this must be a great landmark.

19 Jul 2011 4:40pm

@Steve Rice: There are more faces on both sides of the underpass. It's quite an effect.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A brilliant scene ... Excellent composition incorporating a human figure paintings relaxed waiting for the bus ... good view.

19 Jul 2011 4:53pm

@Adela Fonts: Thanks, Adela. They are like smiling giants.

Sunder from Chennai, India

Excellent shot! Wonderful colours and light...

19 Jul 2011 5:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful scene, Magnificent colours and faces. Glad you decided to stop and take a picture.
I have a big list with me for 'Action ... shoot'. Love it :)

19 Jul 2011 5:59pm

@Sam: Thank you, Sam! :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Awesome powerful shot Bettina, it leaps out at you!

19 Jul 2011 8:21pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly!

Tomix from landerneau, France

great capture! the colors are amazing!
looks like a night shot, great treatment!

19 Jul 2011 8:48pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

well worth getting out of the car, great result, i do that myself...

19 Jul 2011 9:00pm

@peter.K: It's good once in a while. ;)

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dudergraphotism
sheeeesh.... whats goin on in their headz duderessa?
superb colors too duderina
erm, its been a while....

19 Jul 2011 9:31pm

@The Dark Dude: Dude, it's been way too long!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


19 Jul 2011 9:45pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

eres fantastica betty, eres diferente a los demas, bravo *****

19 Jul 2011 9:56pm

@Melocoton: Gracias, Pablo. :))

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

they look like presenters to a morning tv programme.

19 Jul 2011 11:18pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

and yeah, what is that weird shit going on above their heads? the figures seem to be pulling a mechanic garden centre.

19 Jul 2011 11:22pm

@Philip: A mechanic garden center. That's good.

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great composition and colors !

20 Jul 2011 4:24am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Love the interaction of real life against the art that is imitating it.

20 Jul 2011 4:31am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is so good. The man placed himself perfectly for you shot.

20 Jul 2011 5:01am

Christian Devoise from Mantes La Jolie, France

You got OUt of the car???? Noooo.. I can't believe it! :)
So.. It was a really good idea: your photo is amazing!

20 Jul 2011 10:54am

@Christian Devoise: Thank you, Christian!

LauraS from Chico, United States

I, too, am glad you got out of the car. I know how you feel about thinking of capturing a shot though, for a long time, and then finally doing it! Feels good, huh? I think that is Dick Clark on the right, but who do you think the woman is on the left? Love these colors.

20 Jul 2011 7:01pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Love the one lone human....a relief in all the great bling.

21 Jul 2011 4:25am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A photo with super colors

21 Jul 2011 10:08am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

WOOOW! A ***** shot :D

22 Jul 2011 6:23pm

@ORBIT: Thank you!

domlortha from Roanne, France

Ashtoning! Beautiful street art! Nicely done!
Have a nice day.

26 Jul 2011 7:49am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, fantastic scene and shot - glad they didn't paint over this during those two years!

27 Jul 2011 12:34am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Bettina, I just saw this place with these two murals in a movie this week. What movie was it? The Fast and the Furious with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Remember it? Car chases... So funny to see it in a movie, after I see it in your photoblog.

30 Jul 2011 7:11pm

1/80 second
ISO 400
105 mm (35mm equiv.)