I am a camera… a nod to Christopher Isherwood.

“I am a camera with its shutter open, quiet passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.”
This is one of my favourite quotes about observing people. It comes from the opening pages of Christopher Isherwood’s fantastic novel Goodbye to Berlin.
When I sit in busy places watching the world go by waiting for a moment which will sum up the scene I am looking at, to capture on film or with a pen and pencil, this quote always goes through my mind.
I don’t hide, I just sit and wait patiently, until people stop noticing me, and start to continue with their daily life… then snap.
And so, it is with a nod to Mr Isherwood that I post a selection of my “people watching” paintings and photographs from my travels in Russia, Syria, India, Vietnam, Cuba and Jordan.
Russian paratroopers celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2, with the help of a couple of Russian girls, in Moscow
Russian paratroopers celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2, with the help of a couple of Russian girls, in Moscow.
Painting of Women carrying water from Puskhar Lake in the early morning sun in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, by Ali Dunnell
Women carrying water from Puskhar Lake in the early morning sun in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.
Photograph of Friday afternoon in the Souk El-Hamidiyeh, Damascus, Syria by Ali Dunnell
Friday afternoon in the Souk El-Hamidiyeh, Damascus, Syria.
Teenagers in a park in Damascus, Syria.
Teenagers in a park in Damascus, Syria.
Boy playing in the afternoon sun on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba Boy playing in the afternoon sun on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba.
Boy playing in the afternoon sun on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba.
Enjoying ice-cream at a parade in La Paz, Bolivia
Enjoying ice-cream at a parade in La Paz, Bolivia
Eating Vietnamese street food in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Eating Vietnamese street food in Hanoi.
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Touched by the hand of Allah on a street in Amman, Jordan.
Old man reading the newspaper in St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
Old man reading the newspaper in St Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy.
Fish Market in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Fish Market in Hoi An, Vietnam.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on U.S.S.Co. Sydney RSA and commented:
    I think the artistry is magic.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks for the reblog and the comment 🙂 Ali

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