Taking street photographs the way I do, sometimes provides me the opportunity to peer a little bit into people’s lives. For instance this man was sitting next to a guy who sells a paper called Spare Change News. Money raised from selling this publication helps raise money for the homeless. On face value one might guess my subject is just a street bum….
Only recently have I begun to have more faith in shooting wider. My Ricoh GR has an excellent 28mm lens but because it also has an ASPC sensor, I have tended to crop a lot of my photographs since, even cropped, there is enough detail left in what remains. Lately it seems my vision can take in and use more elements on the edges…
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.