Did you ever notice that most people are on their phones while walking around the city. I've always noticed this phenomenon, but it's become even more apparent since I've taken up photography. It's almost comical!
This month for our "everyday moments" photo circle we focused on "reflections". We can find reflections everywhere in our environment such as, in a puddle, a glass building's facade, or even someone's sunglasses. I have chosen a photo that subtly displays reflections of hands resting on the black surface shown. A second reason for choosing this photo is the emotion I feel when looking at it. It was taken at the National September 11 Memorial reflecting pools. As I look at this photo of hands resting on the black stone inscribed with those that lost their lives on September 11, I can't help but think about what each individual is thinking about or "reflecting" on.
Please take a moment to see what my friend and fellow photographer, Katherine has captured this month. Thanks for taking the time to look. Comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.
This is one that I've been on the fence about. I like the composition but am bothered by the blur of the man in the hat. I'll definitely try this location again. Hopefully I'll encounter more cool subjects.
I've been inspired lately by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the recently discovered Vivian Maier. I'm trying to be more daring with how close I photograph my subjects. It's been a thrill each time I've been out. There are more misses than not! Here are some of the images I've captured lately.
In my humble opinion, getting your subject to make eye contact with your camera can increase how interesting your shot is. I'm still wading my way through this street photography thing. I have such a desire to capture what's happening on the streets in every day life, yet it can be so scary sometimes. That fear definitely holds me back. In New York City I haven't had a scary situation arise but recently in New Orleans I did. A man noticed that I had been trying to take his photo and he started yelling at me. I kept my cool and pretended I was photographing something next to him. Thank God that worked!
Now that the weather is finally warmer, I'm going to make an effort to try and overcome my fear of photographing strangers. No one wants to see pictures of pigeons, and how many more pictures of building facades and statues can one look at? What is interesting are people and what they do on a daily basis.
These photos were not taken on the same day, but I did manage to get eye contact with my subjects. As I look into the eyes of both of these men, I wonder who they are and what their life is about.
This month's photography circle assignment was framing, which is a technique in which you use existing elements in your environment to frame your subject. I was excited for this assignment but also found it quite challenging at times. I now find myself constantly looking for framing opportunities even when I don't have my camera with me!
Please join me around the circle to see what Katherine, my talented photography friend has captured this month with her camera.