Family, A Force of Nature
As many photographs as it is possible to take with a digital camera, I am always more than a little flummoxed at times as to how many to show in a post. Sometimes the narrative sets the tone with a series of photos telling something of a story. Or so it is hoped. And just when I think I have a narrative in development - this was going to be all about the fabulous "HAIR" out there on the streets, I stumbled upon this recent shot which could have qualified as a hair shot, maybe, but then I thought these dudes are far more than the sum of their hair. (Aren't we all?) But here's the thing about this shot. I don't have a vivid memory of taking it . . . it sits quietly between two bursts of street performances, those squeaky doors which get all the attention and which most likely will stay in the dark of the hard drive. I could go on and on about taking the hand that reaches out, that we are all a part of the collective force of nature that is family and friends . . . but I won't! We can Carpe Diem all we want but sometimes it is a moment which seizes us, only to disappear in the fine star-dust of distant memory. In which case, how many photos are too many photos? * * * * *
Patti. every moment is different. To catch the proper moment you have to post them all. The photographer has to be the one to judge. Ya chose really well.
Hahaha… as you know I’m still trying to work my way up to 2 in a single post! Seriously, though, I agree with Tom – you are a great judge of determining how many images it takes to tell the story… which can be a real challenge… depending one, well, depending on so many different things!
great street life image. “family, force of nature” – understatement. Hahaha.
In your case. I don’t think you ever take too many photos. Sometimes one does the best work when you hardly know you are doing it. It might be called ‘letting go’. This is credited with creative instinct to take over without trying to dominate the process. It might often be getting a balance and allow a mere hint or suggestion to take over. I loved this one. Were you aware of the poster on the bus?
Much like a still from a film, this image feels like it will move and the conversation continued at any moment. Great!
Great capture, Patti!
This one photo is just enough! Brilliant!
The eye wants to go so many places at once, and takes in so much besides the hair: the flag, the I Heart NY, the colorful briefs and contrasting rag along with the white sunglasses, and between the men, Family is a Force of Nature with two well-heeled women. If we had to choose one picture to explain America to an alien, I think this one would do splendidly. 🙂
The two dudes inspired you to prose poetry, Patti.
“We can Carpe Diem all we want ….”
That was my high school motto, so I’ve known it forever and stopped thinking about it a long time ago.
But of course! We think we seize the moment, but is it in truth the moment that seizes us?
beautiful, the photo and your comment!
Go with what you feel Patti 🙂 Sometimes a photo stands alone because of the impact it has. Other times it will need support from other images to create the overall feel of what your post is about. This image stands on its own two feet – it needs no others because of that moment it captures. Great work 🙂
Terrific shot Patti! Your subconscious seems to seize moments even when you aren’t aware of them 🙂
I think it’s OK – who cares that you don’t remember every picture? You go back over them, and something like this stands out that wasn’t catching your attention that day as much as the street performances, for obvious reasons. But now you see something there. All good! (I get you though about questioning how many images to post at a time. I keep telling myself to post just one good photo, and then I end up with a whole string…)
only the blurry ones!! 🙂
Just to keep myself focussed, I ask myself this question often, and espcially whenever I do wedding photography. I’ll quote a range of images in a package but usually shoot and deliver more than I quote fore; with pleasure.
Some stories or parts of stories require only one shot to convey what’s going on. Other’s need more. The answer; whatever it takes. Play it by ear if necessary.
I feel like I am in on their conversation in this photo. It speaks volumes.