Linking to Donna's Personal Photo Challenge
Even as I type, I'm considering not participating in the Personal Photo Challenge this month. But here I am, armed with the proviso that this post is more about process than product. I carried my camera around and actually snapped a few shots on the street. It wasn't as hard or as scary as I had expected and I might even try again when I can change a few ingredients in the mix. By that I mean that I'd like to leave Little Miss at home and go downtown by myself. Street shooting, it turns out, is all about being subtle and reacting quickly to what you see. Both are challenging with toddler it tow.
But I tried and I'm proud of myself for that. As I walked the neighbourhood, I wore my camera around my neck and started watching people. Very interesting. I saw lots that I'd have loved to capture -- like a cluster of five teens walking down the sidewalk all with heads down, texting -- but couldn't move quickly enough to get a the shot. Even what I did shoot lacks quite a bit in terms of composition and timing. This lady and her dog, for instance, were in the sun, where they would have shown better, three steps ago.
I thought this was interesting. Two strangers, back to back, waiting for the bus and isolating themselves from the world. But they're had to see -- too much shadow and too many things in the way.
This last one is my favorite. It was a cold, windy day and anyone out on the street was clearly going somewhere with purpose and speed. I wonder what drove this man to layer up his coats, pull up his hoodie and hit the street. Does he not own a pair of gloves?
All that to say that I think I've gained more in terms of thought process and learning to look than these photos may suggest. Thanks for pushing me this month, Donna.