The Perspective of Compassion

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.

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This is part of my series The Perspective From the Street.

Posted for BeckyB’s July Squares – the Art of Perspective.

Riding on a Walk Sign

Earlier this week I was very excited to be able to take a webinar class on Street Photography, as I have wanted to delve into this area of photography for awhile. I had thought that SP was narrowly defined as candid shots of people going about their everyday business. I was surprised to find that Street Photography also includes things like buildings, construction sites and dock loading equipment. That made me even happier, since I have been regularly photographing those things in addition to the photos of flowers and wildlife. But I’ve been afraid of photographing people. The instructor told us to just get out there and start. So the next day I gathered up my courage, placed myself on a busy corner with my telephoto (wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from other people), and started aiming my camera toward real, live, actual people.

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Like anything else, of course, I’m finding that it takes practice, especially since my telephoto isn’t quite powerful enough for some of my shots and then I need to crop, thus losing some of the resolution. And I’m having trouble getting the settings right to both blur the backgrounds, and capture the moving person, even though I know in my head the range of what those settings should be. Practice should help me improve. But I’m really pleased with the start that I’ve made. For that matter, I’m pleased that I’ve started at all, because as I’ve said, I’ve been a little afraid of photographing people. The class gave me the courage to begin.

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Photo a Day Challenge: June 27 – Balance

 

 

Shadows and Silhouettes

The silhouettes of buildings and a construction site against the setting sun.

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The shadow cast by a palm frond.

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Shadows from the fire escapes of a 100 year old apartment building.

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The silhouette of an American Crow.

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Posted for The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shadows and Silhouettes.

Families Protest the Murder of George Floyd

I am fortunate to live in Oakland, California, a very diverse city with a population of close to a half million people. Last Sunday, June 7th, along with the peaceful protests by teens and adults, there was a protest scheduled for families with young children. As it was gathering across the street from my apartment, and families were practicing good social distancing, I grabbed my camera and did some photo journaling.