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Roff Smith

A Quiet Moment

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An image of a cyclist consulting a map in an old Edwardian shelter on the English seaside in the low light before dawn. 

I’ve long been a fan of Edward Hopper and his portrayals of solitude,
insularity, pensiveness and the sort of bittersweet after-hours melancholy that
characterises much of his work – all themes that play well with today’s world of social
distancing and isolation. But there is a hidden resilience in his characters too, that
often goes unremarked. In this ornate Edwardian shelter along the seafront
promenade at Bexhill-on-Sea, I saw a chance to capture some of this resilience in a
quintessentially Hopperesque setting and style. Here, the solitary cyclist is facing the
sun, consulting a map, making plans, envisioning a future, and with the means at
hand to take himself there, make it happen. To create this image I visited the shelter
repeatedly over a succession of mornings, photographing it from different angles,
then waited for a morning of soft diffused light. In keeping with the tone of the image,
and to make sure the paper colour of the map didn’t conflict in any way, I used an
original 1919 motoring and cycling map of southern England.


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