Here is a shot of a couple I managed to grab down by the river. Before spotting these two I had been taking several portraits of what I thought were interesting people always trying to incorporate the lines of the rails you see in this shot. My previous attempts weren’t as successful as I think this is. It appears that the girl’s making eye contact with the camera, thus capturing her attention for a split second away from the guy she’s with. I must say that this type of street portrait is very appealing to me ever since I saw a photo on Facebook in which a dad was carrying his son on his back. The photographer took a portrait of him in profile but the kid is looking straight into the camera all the while he’s resting his head against his dad’s neck. The eye contact is very intense while the contact between the two bodies was as well and I thought this tension was where the picture’s power lay. I was hoping to achieve something like that here. I hope it’s at least somewhat successful.
Here’s another shot that’s sat on my hard drive for pretty much exactly a year. A Flickr friend was wondering what the people in this shot were doing today. That’s exactly what I love about (street) photography. We capture a split second, make a connection that’s not really there necessarily and generally freeze an emotion in a moment that’s gone the next second. So yeah…the thought of what ever happened after this moment is very special to me and part of the appeal of the whole idea of photography. Besides, this scene just cracked me up! 😉