This photograph is posted as my small contribution to the celebration of “Woman’s Day” today. It’s almost inconceivable in today’s time that women still suffer gender discrimination.
By pure chance, yesterday my wife and I watched a gripping WW II documentary about the siege of Stalingrad. It showed many many women fighting alongside the regular Russian army troops in the most brutal conditions imaginable. I doubt I will ever see a better example of the equality of the sexes.
I took this close up photograph of a guy outside of Boston’s main public library. A minute before this he was passed out on the sidewalk. For a brief moment he opened his eyes, which was when I managed to get this shot. He painfully got to his feet. Stumbled into the library entrance and promptly passed out again on a soft stool near the front window.
Street photography composition is becoming different for me. A few months (years) ago I would have happily taken and saved all of the above pictures. After all these folks were all on the street today.
What’s changed is my desire to include more context in my photographs. The top and bottom images in this series are essentially close ups of individuals, which is all well and good however, the middle one adds more of the context surrounding the person and I like it better.
We have access to a widow overlooking Boston Common, a lovely 50 acre park. Smack dab in the middle of the city. The land is a fantastic asset and used daily by many many people. Not so the day before yesterday. That day, the rain NEVER stopped!
Summer rain is one thing, but February rain is something completely different. As this image, hopefully shows.