We had gone to Roche Brothers in Downtown Crossing for some early morning grocery shopping. Not having had breakfast, we bought a snack in their fast food area and sat down outside to eat it, when out of the blue came a roving street preacher. He didn’t stay long but his decibel level left a very strong impression.
Photographers, especially those of us who roam the streets, are prone to thinking that what they photograph is an honest glimpse of reality. It isn’t. What we shoot is only one person’s reality — ours.
It’s getting to be quite popular lately. I’m embarrassed to say that my grubby blue one is not nearly keeping up with the fashionistas around here, like this lady.
“Have you ever had the feeling that there wasn’t a soul left on the planet that remembered your name or face or the sound of your laugh?”
From “House of Coates” A book by Brad Zellar
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.
Patience, where art thou?
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.
The fun fact about this photograph is that it was not taken in some rural or suburban location. I took it in the second block of Newbury Street, Boston’s premium “gold coast” shopping area. Think of it as a yankee’s Rodeo Drive.
For an instant you can forget Covid-19 and feel the warm soil getting under your fingernails reminding you that you’re still a sentient being living on a miraculous blue planet.
I saw him in the convenience store as I was buying our papers.
I annoyed him as I passed by leaving.
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!
Call me a cautious old guy, but as far as I’m concerned, the pandemic is most certainly not in our rearview mirror yet. Yes, stores are starting to open and outside dining is permitted and more and more people have stopped wearing masks but I don’t trust the current optimism. I feel it may be like a child hiding by covering their eyes.
By the way I certainly hope I’m wrong.