Living With Common Variable Immune Deficiency and It's Autoimmune Friends
Author: Hannah Keene
Author of ZebrasChild, a blog creating a community where those of us with immune deficiencies and other chronic health conditions can share our setbacks and triumphs. Photography, singing, writing, humor, and sometimes even denial are my greatest coping strategies. Also taking walks with my dog Zoe the miniature schnauzer and her best friend Teddy the labradoodle.
It is the details of a person that make a photograph feel intimate. I had taken four shots of this woman as she was moving toward her car. All showed her individual choices at the market – the carton of wine, the three baguettes, the tulips – which told me that she was probably throwing a party of some sort. But ultimately it was the photo that showed her left foot momentarily lifted out of her (probably sweaty) shoe as she paused to look at her phone that connected me to her as a person. How many times have any one of us done that very thing on a hot day?
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.