Coply Square on a nice day presents a wonderful photograph opportunity. This shot was taken from the steps of the Boston Public Library looking across the square toward Trinity Church. A tight cluster of tourists had assembled to listen to their guide and presented a perfect foreground element.
As usual I had at the ready my trusty Ricoh GR with its fixed 28mm lens. All it took is one shot.
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.
On a sunny weekend in the Faneuil Hall market there are obviously a TON of tourists milling around. However mixed into the run of the mill visitors from Dayton and De Moines there are a few folks that defy discription.
Here is one of them.
Here’s the thing.
These people swarm over Boston all day every day. Objectively of course we are a great city to visit. Loaded with history, fine places to stay, major cultural institutions, great universities, not to mention our beloved sports teams and fine restaurants. Many many tourist buses prowl our neighborhoods with their windows wide open making it easy for passengers to peer at the passing sites. The drivers of these giant vehicles deliver a continuous river of information about what they are currently going by.
However, I wonder about how much these people are actually seeing. They’re looking yes. But seeing? I’m not so sure.
It’s the same problem with our photography isn’t it?
We look constantly but how much do we really see?
In Maine this time of year I can’t help but think of the disparity between what visiting tourists, we call them “from away”, think of the state and what the locals know to be true.