I don’t feel comfortable taking photographs of people out in the world. Something about privacy and respect and a sense that I would want to connect with people before taking their photograph, to ask them if it is ok. At the same time I so enjoy and have been inspired by countless ‘street portraits’ and grateful to all the photographers who have taken them. I do want to feel more comfortable with this, and am working on it. So much easier to interact with and photograph buildings, trees, landscapes, the moon and setting sun!
Recently I spent the weekend with friends further south on the coast, in San Luis Obispo. The friend at whose house we were staying practices Tai Chi on Saturday mornings. I asked if I could take pictures and was told yes and that in fact the instructor has been wanting photographs of his class. Permission granted, what a relief, now I can do it!
And here is my entry for this week’sPhoto Challenge: A Face in the Crowd
I realize that this is not exactly a ‘crowd’ and there are things that I really like about this image. I love the movement, the stretched out arms pushing forward into space. The faces at slightly different angles and one, in this moment, looking straight towards the camera. I like the benches holding space for all the unseen folks that have stopped by in the past, and will come in the future to sit and be. They are the ones that make up the crowd 🙂
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