My friend Jerry and I were shooting around Beverly Hills and wandered into this art gallery. Even though we were dressed by bums (i.e. street photographers) they were very polite to us and even gave us some bottles of water. While I was admiring the art of Dali, Picasso, and Miro, Jerry struck up a conversation with one of the Gallery art reps. Turned out he needed a head shot and he had two photographers at his ready. After the posed portraits were done, I turned around and noticed he had used the bronze statue to hang his coat.
Olympus OMD E-M1, Oly 17mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv)
Street photography is fickle. You never know when you are going find that next image. Most often, however, when I get something good I recognize it in the field. The image, or series of images, sticks in my mind. I hear Jay Maisel asking, speaking in his soft curious voice, “did you know you got something good when you took this?”. And usually the answer is Yes.
But sometimes I am surprised.
Sometimes I find my nuggets where I least expect them – in images that I hardly remember taking, in images that registered “nothing special” or “that was a good try”.
This was my mind-narrative behind this image. Attracted by the mirrors and clear design of the display, I was working some silly self portraits. After giving up in my own portrait, a girl walked up next to me and starting taking her pictures. I stepped to the side and took 3 images including the girls shoulder and back of the camera. Nothing stood out in my mind and I quickly moved on. What had happened in the field is that I had left too much in the frame. I wasn’t able to focus on distillation of the images impact in real-time. My surprise in finding this hidden image tells me what I need to work on.