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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Public display of affection


Recently, one of the daily papers run a poll on the subject of the “public display of affection“. Interestingly it was not if manifestation of affection in public was appropriate but if it was only reserved for celebrities. Oh, please.

I see expressions of love all over the streets of Sydney. A kiss here or there, a hug, holding hands and often these glowing love eyes. It is perfectly normal and common. It has nothing to do with what your society status is or if you are celebrity or not. Just look at the young couple in this photograph. The young man carried his cheeky girlfriend through a whole city block. She seemed to be ecstatic and certainly joyful.

Pigeon Queen


This photograph, which I have titled the “Pigeon Queen” is one of all time favourites of mine. The older woman surrounded by the pigeons. They were crowding around her, sitting on her hands and coming close to her head as if in an attempt of a thank you kiss. I am sure these sky rats were fed very well by the lady and all that affection had a very down to earth reasons in shape of bread crumbs. There are a lot of dynamic elements here created by the pigeons, with the main focus in shape of the bird with folded forward wings just about to land in front of the woman’s face. And then, there is her look. No, she is not looking at me. She has her gaze firmly set on the bird sitting on her arm. Quite a special scene – fairytale like.