Bridges

Here in Boston, where the Charles River empties into the harbor, are these two bridges. I liked the juxtaposition of the angular old counterweighted one with the soaring grace of the much newer suspension span.  Humans build bridges that are both physical and personal. The physical ones are easy to understand, they help us cross things. The personal bridges join humans together. They are…

Yes Little One It’s A Very Big Ocean

A small girl in bright colors on a beach. Those elements have a lot of potential for making a good photograph. To my eye though, what makes this image is NOT seeing the water. I’ve heard it said often, what’s not in the picture can often be as important as what is.

Metaphor

After the events of the last few days I can’t help but thinking that this recent photograph I took at the Frog Pond is a pretty good metaphor for the way this country feels right now.

The Icarus Bird

It’s pretty unusual to be street shooting with a little camera like the Ricoh GR and come away with a picture like this. This bird was one of flock of pigeons that came barreling over me while I was walking through the Boston Public Garden. Silhouetted against the sun, it created a fine center point. The snap focus feature on the camera made it…

Under The Olympus Gun Of Steve Willard

Steve Willard is a very fine photographer. If you want to see just how good he is; check out his website  https://stevenwillardimages.wordpress.com/.  He paid a visit to Boston today and we roamed around the Back Bay and Beacon Hill area taking photographs and talking (and talking…and talking). The man certainly knows his stuff. He told and showed me things about editing pictures on his new iPad…

Storytelling 101 (I flunked)

Taking a photographic image is easy. Telling a story with it is the hard part. This photo is of the staircase in the Harvard Coop bookstore in Harvard Square. I was drawn to it because of the myriad elements it contains. Books, the graceful metal staircase, people and posters all jostle each other for prominence. But that is exactly its problem. It has no coherent…

Painting by iPhone

This is just a quick photo with my Apple iPhone as I was walking by the Frog Pond yesterday. I had no conventional camera. Do you know the french painter Georges Seurat? This shot reminds me of him. My point here is not that this photograph is somehow some great work of art. It does however underscore the point that the era of stand…

Mr. G8

  When I go street shooting sometimes my photographs are made better by accidents. It’s not that I’m totally unaware of what I want to achieve but out of the blue comes a great detail that I didn’t see initially. In this case it’s that circle with the green G8 in its lower half. Cropping the image to a 10 x 16 format puts…

Red Light

Not really, just a lady crossing the street at night shot from above. However her stance, the sign and the lighting create a visual ambivalence that I liked. 

The Orange Bag

Of course the sleeping woman is arresting but then again the off center  splash of color is too. Initially I planned to crop the image tighter and just emphasise the figure but changed my mind after looking at it for a while. Off balance?  Yes, but then again….