This photograph is of the Arlington Street Church’s tower framed by some trees growing just inside Boston’s Public Garden. As images go it’s a perfectly nice juxtaposition of the natural with the urban environment. I like it but it’s nothing special. A “postcard” picture if you will.
However, in this time of Covid-19, it helps take the edge off my jagged emotional state.
Here in the U.S., patience seems to be in pretty short supply these days. We’ve got a president who wants COVID-19 to disappear quickly so he announces that he wants less testing in order to get the country to think things are getting better more quickly than they are. We’ve got governors opening their states up too soon. Finally, unaccountably, some of us have stopped wearing masks because we’re convinced we’ve worn them long enough and any longer impinges on our political freedom.
I don’t normally photograph in Boston’s Chinatown mainly because it’s a fair hike from where we live. Today however, my wife suggested we go there and wow was the walk fun! The neighborhood’s combination of grit and beauty was a street photographer’s banquet. The heat and humidity were pretty oppressive and I’m glad we finished early.
This was one of those lucky captures that happen only occasionally. At first glance it might seem that I was holding my camera at ground level to achieve this angle of view. That wasn’t the case.
My subject, an elevator technician, was standing on the tailgate of his truck quickly unloading boxes of equipment. I was hurrying across a busy traffic intersection with a bunch of people when I spotted him. Luckily I had my Ricoh GR3 and it was set for “snap shooting”. I was able to reach past a fellow pedestrian and get one quick image.
By the way, if anyone reading this is interested in street photography, check Ricoh cameras. They are terrific for this kind of work!
My wife and I live in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. Real estate is expensive here thus you might think that it’s probably unlikely that the social unrest that’s been sweeping the globe would be much of a factor in our neighborhood. You’d be very wrong.
Our place is a very short distance from the Massachusetts State House.
We’ve experienced many demonstrations both peaceful and violent.
The point I want to make then is this. DO NOT THINK WHAT OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH ISN’T YOUR CONCERN!
I took this in a public park, about 200 yards from where we live in Boston. It speaks to the political tension of our times. There was a big protest scheduled for later in the afternoon and these young folks were apparently checking out the area. Maybe it’s just me but, I can feel tension and potential violence in the image.
The media lately has been full of articles about how much videos and photographs have helped drive America’s move towards racial equality. What a wonderful use for our images!