I’ve talked before about how Street Photography of people provides an opportunity to notice intimate and sometimes vulnerable moments. For me it is about recording life, which includes both beauty and pain. That means that Street Photography is not always easy to look at. But what I hope is that it elicits both a sense of compassion and a recognition of our common humanity.
I have been interested in Street Photography for about 6 months, and recently was able to take a webinar class to help me understand some of the unique challenges of this photographic art form. I am planning to concentrate on capturing life on the street over the course of this month, although that will not necessarily be my only focus.
It seems a subject particularly suited to BeckyB’s July Squares Challenge of The Art of Perspective (though not all my photographs will be square), since candid photographs of people as they go about their daily lives have the unique potential of revealing how they are experiencing the world. That gives us an opportunity to see the world from their perspective. Indeed, the challenge of Street Photography for me is to capture an unguarded moment in time, thus conveying an intimacy that speaks to the humanity that we all share.
While I believe Becky has in mind using different apertures, focusing, and distance to show how one can achieve different perspectives in photography, I thought I would approach it from a lighter perspective for my first square of this month’s challenge. This friendly, exuberant, (and surprised) urban squirrel was observing me from four different perspectives!*
#1 Uh oh! Caught in the act!
#2 I’m really not so sure about this…..
#3 Maybe it’s safe…….. I’ll try it out.
#4 Oh, you seem to be friendly, and your dog does too, so…. TA-DA. Here I am in all my exuberance, complete with tail!
*I don’t normally do this, and I think it’s technically against the rules, but I got carried away and combined….. four challenges. My own exuberance got the better of me.
For all our LBGTQ+ brothers and sisters. While we should celebrate their lives all year long, each year we especially dedicate the month of June to raising awareness of their lives and their struggles, and honoring their contributions. This has been a June like no other, but even in the midst COVID and all the other uncertainties, I hope that each person who identifies as LBGTQ+ has had someone say to them, “I’m glad you are who you are, and I am glad that I know you.” And my message to each of you is that you are loved.