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December 5, 2011


Image of the Week #12 – Sheldon Serkin

by Patrick Gervais
photo of man standing next to piano

"Stan" by Shel Serkin

Hey there,

Meet Stan! Isn’t this a great image? I really love this shot. The simplicity of the composition, the use of black & white processing, the cleanliness of the room, the well dressed Stan all alone with the piano. Even the distance between Stan and the piano is a bit odd (which I like), he is not too close but looking on from a respectful distance with his hands behind his back, and it looks like he’s leaning towards the piano a bit. This image could’ve been taken 30 or 40 years ago. Did you notice the wall to the right that comes out from the back wall? It creates a perfect balance for Stan who stands between the piano and this wall section. This image has a story and it raises many questions like;

  • Who is Stan? Is he the pianist, security guard, admirer of the piano??
  • Where is this image taken? It doesn’t look like a concert hall but more like a museum.
  • What is that box on the wall behind the piano?
There is a story in this image and that is what makes it work for me.

Connect with Sheldon on Twitter and Instagram @shelserkin on Flickr here.

Sheldon also has a Tumblr Hipstamatic blog right here.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s selection.

Thanks for reading, Patrick

1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Richard Tétreault
    Dec 6 2011

    Hi Patrick, this is a great picture indeed because it tells a story and It also raises many questions. For me, there is one thing that doesn’t work with this image and it is the frame: for me this frame introduces clutter that goes against the image and I find this frame distracting.

    Great article Patrick!


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