With one hand cradling a cigarette inwards, sheltering it from the clear sky, he extended his other arm perpendicular to the horizon. Well steadied, he stared ahead beyond the mess of chicken wire to the plastic chair in front of the stairwell. It was faded and stooped to one corner from a splintered leg. Four pigeons completed the scene, one lazily stalking a plastic bag as it drifted in and out a shard of sunlight. Shadow, light, shadow.
First releasing breath and smoke in a slow letting of valves, he pulled in his gut, drew in air, and squinted through the lens. Still, ready, owning that moment he coughed deliberately and triggered the shutter.
Something shifted but it wasn’t right. A muffled thud instead of a crisp thwack. The pigeons scrambled, flying perversely towards him, and the moment was lost.
‘Balls,’ said the Pipes Man.
‘Thwack,’ said the shutter.
Contribute to 35mmc for an Ad-free Experience
There are two ways to experience 35mmc without the adverts:
Paid Subscription - £2.99 per month and you'll never see an advert again! (Free 3-day trial).
Content contributor - become a part of the world’s biggest film and alternative photography community blog. All our Contributors have an ad-free experience for life.
Sign up here.
6 thoughts on “Aperture Zero 01. The Pipes Man”
Great writing and photos to match — keep going!
Hmmm thinking about this…. Yes this is good. An interesting narrative that provokes the mind and photos to prompt the imagination. Thank you 🙂
Love it! More photography fiction!
Wonderful! Hemmingway has taken up photography and is contributing to 35mmc.
Very cool, the blend of imagery to tale is evocative- which came first I wonder…