So I had gone on an adventure to capture last nights sudden snow for my daily exposure today, and some where along the line lost my sd card with all the pics on it. Not sure what happened to it, but it was no where to be found when I returned home. Luckily it was only a cheap 4gb card and not one of my better larger cards. So with the sun already resting past the horizon of the earth I decided I would take the opportunity to share some of my other shots from yesterday. Now obviously I don’t typically share more than one image at a time, but with the special circumstances of losing a card I’ve decided I would cheer myself up by sharing more than the usual.
Ill start off by talking about the main photo in this series which is the one above of a very kind and courteous gentleman who I met later in the day after shooting this image. I’ve been working on pushing myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to shooting people (with my camera! Im not a crazy person I promise), and if you’ve ever done street photography you know the initial feelings of hesitation when taking photos with out necessarily requesting permission. However Im finding that a sincere smile on my face will get me pretty far when it comes to people cooperating. My goal is to not necessarily take something from them, but to either share an experience with them, or in most cases where they don’t realize Im shooting to capture an interesting moment that pays respect to them and there story.
The story of this scene speaks to me in such an astonishing way. To think he will move from shop to shop washing windows for just a few bucks a piece. Most people would think it was a boring or lonesome job, but I truly think he finds enjoyment in it. I watched as he meticulously scanned the window for any imperfections to ensure the job was well done. When running across him later and in our brief conversation he would show a constant smile, and was intrigued with what I was doing with my photography. I showed him the pictures I had taken of him and he returned with a warm smile and sincerity in his eyes as we went our separate ways. I can only imagine the level of accomplishment he feels as he walks down the roads of downtown passing by each pane of glass he’s cleaned in the past, knowing he has left his mark (which ironically is by removing marks) on the city streets. He’s his own boss and lives life by his own rules, he’s free to rome where ever and is comfortable with what he does. And when I seen him slowly stroll down the sidewalk, with his green bucket of window cleaner and squeegee attached to his homemade cart, what I seen was confidence.
Ever since I was a wee little lad, I’ve always been fascinated with people. The way they walk, talk, act, the mannerisms from one city to the next, I am not afraid to admit I am a people watcher. I’ve always felt everyone has something I can learn from, and I am continually working at being open to what they have to teach. Translating that over to my photography, I have found it extremely interesting photographing people, and even more exciting to see the way I document the way I observe.
“Working on the Go”
What caught me with this scene was the way the business man was walking in form of the “Walk” sign, as he leans slightly forward with one arm bent and other arm straight moving forward. He appears to be in his own little world almost oblivious to his surroundings as he focuses on what I assume would be his cell phone.
I love the body language in this scene. I can just about feel the biker slowing down to gaze at the deals in the window to the discounted sports ware advertisement. I can imagine the mental note he’s making on returning before the sale is up in hopes of finding some good deals. Its something I often do when seeing signs of discounts, but very seldom do I remember to return and take advantage. haha
“I’ll be there”
This image was actually shot from the hip with surprising results. I still remember the laughter bellowing out of this guy as he zipped past me. He’s on a mission, with car keys in hand, and an eager friend to the other side of the phone. He’s in such a rush in his jog that both feet have left the ground. He’s not going to miss this party!
“Tension in passing”
As the title suggests this was a rather tense moment, as I had been waiting to get a shot against this wall. Its a beautiful Orange wall that works great as a vibrant back drop so I had stood here waiting for a proper subject to come passing by, which probably made me look like a creeper haha. I had on my 50mm so I was actually pretty close to the wall, and as this lady approached it was rather apparent she was a little drawn back by my camera’s presence. I took a shot anyway after waiting for sometime for someone to pass by with something more interesting then just a casual walk. After taking a couple shots she did look back and I gave her my genuine smile and silently said thank you so not to interrupt her call. She did smile back and I could hear her laughing about the situation with her friend as she carried on. I wasn’t pleased with the colors of her outfit compared to the backdrop so decided to save the brilliant orange for another time and stuck with the same black and white processing as the rest of the days series.
I love watching as peoples shadows always seem a couple steps ahead of themselves. Its a sort of lost boy peter pan kind of thing in my mind as I think about the old fairy tale with catching the shadow. It was something that as a kid constantly amused me as I would chase my shadow all over trying to beat it in a race or catch it as if it were some sort of illusive animal. And now days it inspires me to be in a race with myself and to not get caught up in what others are doing. Often times we try to compete with others, which puts us in a frame of mind that were trying to be better than someone else. Thats not what I aim for.. my intentions are to be the best-version-of-myself, so in a sense Im still in a constant race with my shadow.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the extra treat of a series from yesterday rather than the single pic. Ill let you know if I find my memory card and will share any beauty I was able to capture from todays winter weather.