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In Santa Monica, CA.

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My first impression when viewing the photos is "i feel like a bystander". Then, as I view more, "well, i kinda feel like a voyeur ... i get to watch these people without them realizing i'm watching them". And finally there's this rewarding experience of getting to scrutinize moving targets that aren't moving, as in "i'm looking at art".

i think what robs us a little bit is the fact that it's all profiles, and a lot of sunglasses - we end up not being able to see into their souls.

The pattern created in the art is rewarding: it allows us to take in each subject wholeheartedly, rather than piecemeal. The technique seems to rely on an anthropological skill set, more than a technical one.

Looking forward to more such pieces. Especially ones that include souls.
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jules-101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting series!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh nice!
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sergibosch Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool, Josh. As i viewed each image, i found myself wondering if one of them would be looking at me (into camera). It's a cool series.
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TomOliverArt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool concept!  I like it!
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makepictures Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Thanks.
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djailledie Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice sampler of Santa Monica's rider population! And what a diversity! As MARX77 mentions, I am a big fan of these series. I also think that a less busy background would be better. As for JR type prints, how cool would that be! 
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makepictures Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
My thinking:
I loved the dull dusty grey brown color, the texture and at times unraveled fuzz of the palm tree trunks and definitely wanted them as sharp as the riders. I found the cars to be a counter-point to the notion of a sylvan bike cruise with apparently no purposeful destination (such as a job or an errand). There are places along this bike path with no cars in the background (but still with palm trunks) but that would remove the urbanity. I am a bit taken with cities that run right to a beach culture because in New York, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Oakland, Washington, D.C. - - all places I spent time when "growing up" the beach wasn't there. And then there is the aesthetic issue of alignment. I did pick a 80 mm equivalent lens for the compression but that meant I had to stand further back than I wanted to which meant I wouldn't get that much around the rider in the frame. I made the choice to do mild crops frame to frame based on the distance of the head of the subject and the wheels on the bike to the border of the crop -- instead of attempting to align the curb and the path. It jumbles the backgrounds which unintuitively helps to isolate the figures to the eye moving from frame to frame. Hopefully the viewer's eye clicks to the rider and bike but there is still the sense of urban car park.  Isolation with a plain background turns the riders into graphic elements instead of elements in their place.
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the clarification, Josh. Well thought, well constructed. You are 100% right that the big difference between what you are showing and what I was proposing is this context - urban beach, urban and beach. 
There is no doubt that street photography has to capture the context (and I know well that sometimes I am deliberately trying to isolate my subject from that context).
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Blackismycolor Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Fun to see all the different people and what's popular with bike brands.
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful idea and series! :clap:
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks so much.
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
is that the same place all the time?
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Yes.  Same general location.  Same general time within 30 minutes or less.
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
lots of cyclists, way to go.. :thumbsup:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Photographer
This reminds me of the works of our friend, djailledie.
But then, JD has always been such a prolific artist/photographer, that for the most part, works by other deviantArtists featured on this site often remind me of him. Haha!

Clean, crisp portraits frozen in motion... just wonderful! My only criticism here would be the cluttered background.
A more shallow depth of field - as opposed to F/7.1, would've done a world of good here. But again, it's the moment that counts. 
The first, third, and seventh are my absolute favourites of the lot!
Great pictures and concept, J! 
I hope I'm looking at the pilot episode of a wonderful series because you've certainly scored highly with this one. 
More please. :D
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Love his work so the comparison is very welcomed.

Maybe I'll find someone to print it as a long single piece of paper.  That would be fun.  I did think about what this would be like with maybe 100 people on bikes.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Photographer
Having a 100 people on bikes, printed on a long strip of paper is not only insane, but at the same time, it is an idea so awesome that it just might work!!
So what sizes are we looking at here? Are you going to keep them postcard (heightwise), or would you be willing to make them large enough to cover whole walls? 
Which... btw, reminds me of another crazy photographer/artist known simply as JR  - no relation to JD, except that they're both French. :D
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
JR, love his work!!!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
Of course you do. It was you who introduced me to his work in the first place. :D
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I did?! :confused:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
I think so... 
Either it was you, or Paul - aka. zero-image. He's no longer on dA, sadly. 
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is really sad that he left!
it wasn't me :(
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makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
For this set the work would be at least 24" (2 feet) high and so 38 or so feet long.  There are long un-interupted hallways in places like airports where one might be able to get 100 in at 3 feet long on each image - - although that's not so big.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Photographer
How much do you think this project will cost? 
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makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I can do a 2 foot by 38 foot print of this version for about $400 by a decent print shop that understands color (maybe cheaper by calling in favors).  I just said that I thought about the 100 - - not that I was planning it - - and now you want a budget? haha.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Photographer
What can I say? I'm easily excited. Lol!
It's a brilliant idea though. 
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Well I'd definitely do it happily as a commission.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aaawwww :iconflyingheartsplz::iconilavplz::iconflyingheartsplz: I love the double ones!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconiloveit-plz::iconflyingheartsplz: I find them so romantic!!! :iconloveloveplz:

Nice work Josh!!! :nod: Loved the stitching!!! :clap:
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
So glad you liked it.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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