There is no easy way to title this photograph. The figures in at are a total disconnect. On the right six women seem to be engaged in some sort of project while on the left a girl with a red shirt and sox swings wildly from a tree branch. It doesn’t make any sense. I love it!
I’ve been reading about Sally Mann lately. How she takes her photographs with ancient cameras and early printing techniques. How she avoids sharpness and loves the impurities that creep into her photographs. She abhors color and shoots only in black and white. This image is nothing like Sally Mann work but I was thinking of her when I took it.
The pen has been said to be mightier than the sword. I submit it can also be mightier than the camera.
Often when I go by this particular spot by the entrance to the main branch of Boston’s Public Library there’s a resting figure on it. Generally their posture/pose is not particularly notable. Today was different. There’s a maxim in street photography that it’s often necessary to visit the same spot over and over before a good picture reveals itself. So true!
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato
What does alone mean in todays hyper digital society? I’m not sure. However sitting on a storage crate, under a dingy underpass, staring intently at a very powerful little electonic device is as good a working definition as any.