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!
They’re hard to miss. With guide book and cameras in hand they happily wander our brick sidewalks and potholed street looking at all the strange inhabitants. This group was right outside our font door as I was going down Beacon Street to get a paper at the Starbucks on the corner of Charles. Although they didn’t speak much (if any) english we exchanged happy smiles and went on our respective ways.
I now own an iPhone 7+. It sports a 12 megapixel camera, has optical image stabilization, a ƒ/1.8 aperture and can shoot good looking videos very easily. In short, the damn thing is is a powerhouse!
An interesting writer, Craig Mod, just wrote a terrific article about the changing nature of cameras and the evolution of photography. See It Here
His point is that our phones now capture much more digital data than just the light falling on their sensors. He puts it this way:
“Once you start thinking of a photograph in those holistic terms, the data quality of stand-alone cameras, no matter how vast their bounty of pixels, seems strangely impoverished. They no longer capture the whole picture.”
Frankly I’m not sure how this digital evolution will all play out, but I do know that the thing I always have in my pocket is well on its way to transforming the photographic industry.
I just bought a new iPhone and today was the first time I used its camera. Damn that thing is good! The day is probably not that far off when, for many people, the camera in their cell phone will be all they will need. In fact, the cell phone will be the only digital device they need.
This is a photo of my long-suffering wife Sarah sitting on the front stoop of our rented house in Maine. I say long-suffering because I am constantly bothering her by asking to pose for some shot or other. This one however didn’t require any as she was just sitting in the sun with her back to me. Since her hat was way overexposed to start with, when I cut the exposure way back and added some heavy vignetting, the result was what you see above. The moire on her shoulder is very obvious but since it looks like part of the shirt design so it wasn’t really too distracting in this case.
For those of us who are afflicted with a terrible urge to buy the latest and the greatest new digital camera thingy, take a look at this guy. I saw him yesterday wandering across Charles Street toward the Public Garden.
I bet he takes really great photographs with this antique.
Just one of those lousy grab shot photos that somehow turns out OK. I never could do it again in a million years. The moral here is take photographs, lots of them. Not only do we get better because of the practice but occasionally we get lucky too.