The arrangement of the figures in this photograph is one of those lucky accidents that street photographers hope for.
Put whatever interpretation you like on this photograph. For me it has to with the compositional relation between the 2 figures, which, in real life, probably doesn’t even exist. It’s a mind game.
Walking is good exercise. That’s pretty much a given. One’s daily wanderings can be enhanced greatly by carrying a camera. Here is my harvest from yesterday.
I met this guy while I was watching a gathering of people celebrating something called “4/20”. You don’t know what “4/20” is? I certainly didn’t. My friend here said, “It’s a pot celebration day, man. Look how mellow these folks are.” They certainly were.
We have a lot of asian tourists here in Boston. Unlike some cities in the far east our air is really pretty clean. However this lady was taking absolutely no chances.
Finally there was this somewhat overweight young dancer practicing her pirouettes in a small side street.
It was a pretty good haul. I don’t normally get this lucky.
Living in Boston as I do, it is not at all unusual to see folks who are having a difficult time getting by. I regularly tell myself that taking pictures of them is kind of unfair. And in a way it is.
Showing off other people’s misery can be thought of as cruel. But on the other hand, it’s a part of life that we, way too often, choose to ignore. In this vastly unequal economy that we now live in, not seeing other people’s plight is also cruel.
Today I took photographs of these two individuals about 10 minutes apart. It seems to me, each represents a radically different approach to dealing with our urban environment.