Bill Cunningham: Women on the Street

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In what might become a weekly feature I will comment on some photos each week from the New York Time’s iconic photographer Bill Cunningham.

Bill Cunningham has been a fixture on the fashion scene and the streets of Manhattan for more than fifty years. Each week he shares photos of fashion in the New York Times with an overriding love for his subjects whose fashion sense he revels in with great joy.

Let’s take a look at a few from the perspective of walking and posture.

Picture One- Great outfit, painful hyperextension.

Looking at the inside of the knee you can see that it is hyperextended before the front foot has reached the ground. To shift weight forward once the front foot touches down,  the calf of the back leg is going to have to push backwards to generate enough force to move the body forward. If the overall stride was shorter there would be no need for the back knee to hyperextend.

Picture Two- Yellow and pink with poor weight transfer.

When the front foot touches down on the ground the lower leg should be at a right angle to the foot. The front foot is hitting the floor with the shin and foot at about 100 degree angle instead of 90. This puts a great deal of pressure on the heel, ankle and achilles tendon. If the shin is at a right angle to the foot on impact weight can transfer directly from the leg to the ankle and forward to the foot and allow us to move forward into the next step with much greater efficiency.

Picture Three- The total package.

Photos can be deceptive but I really like what I see in this picture aside from the ultra-cool visor and umbrella package. Her walk seems very compact and the back leg is directly under the hip for the lift of the front leg. This is ideal in terms of the amount of effort we expend through walking over the course of the day. Longer strides increase wear and tear on the body.

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