It’s not often that one sees a rescue dog with an Instagram handle posing in the middle of a window of a fancy photo studio.( Maybe the previous sentence is an overstatement. Let’s change “It’s not often that one…” to “One never…”)
I love to take photographs of people through windows. The reason is that often the reflections of the area the window looks out on creates a wonderful cacophony that gets added to the image. This is a good example of that. These folks are lined up in the window of a place called the Clover Food Lab. They look out at the entrance to Harvard Yard. The result I would contend is a dizzying dance of reality that hovers between the real and the abstract.
I often walk down Winter Street in Boston on my way to buy groceries. Often there are young people along the building edges who are clearly under the influence of mood altering substances. It’s tragic to see them and they have gotten so common that I really don’t like taking their picture. I took this zoned out kid though because of the sign next to him.
I regularly shoot in color and my images are always in the RAW format. That said however, if the resulting photograph has a chance of looking good in black and white, NIK Silver Effects Pro is trotted out to process it. The image above is a good example of what I mean.
It started out as a decent image of a down and out guy scratching lottery tickets in front of a real estate office. The light was good but the ghastly purple color of the office window design was horrible. Changing the image to monochrome was a revelation! All of a sudden the window’s purple tinted squares became lovely shades of gray and the figure’s rumpled raincoat was set off well by the widow’w short straight lines.
Not for this kid.
To my mind this image is a lucky joining of personal emotion with an interesting background. This young man was sitting quietly on a bench outside of a local real estate agent. His downtrodden face seemed jarringly at odds with the pictures inside. I liked that dissonance.
It’s fun to see the melding of inside and outside images that occurs when taking a picture through a window of a cluttered shop like this one.