Street Photo of the Week
I’m in no way making fun of this woman for being overweight, let’s get that out of the way first. But really, if you’re on the street (or the beach for that matter), and I’m around with a camera, you’re not safe. People make me chuckle, and I find plenty of humor in everyday life. The very first assignment I was given, during my first semester of photography school back in the fall of 1986, was called “Everyday Life.” And because the school was, and still is, located in downtown Cincinnati, I had access to the entire downtown area every day. This is when I really discovered street photography, and it was even before I knew it was called street photography. Often I’d find myself at Fountain Square where I frequently witnessed demonstrations, pep rallies, a myriad of tourists and a plethora of business folks having lunch. My first great photo was a shot of four businessmen sitting on a wall facing towards the camera (two on one side, two on the other) with a woman in heels in the middle of them facing away from the camera. In the shot I didn’t show their faces, but only their shoes and legs and the stark shadows they projected caused by the late afternoon sun. From that moment on, I was hooked on street photography. I still consider that photo worthy of my portfolio, even after having thousands of photos published, and a few decades have passed. It has a classic appeal with something deeper than just the photograph itself–it captured life in the 20th century.
Amusing people are found far and wide, and where I live, the beach rather than the street, is my playground. Ironically, I didn’t see this photo during my first edit, and I shot it back in July 2011. While re-editing this multi-year project I call Life’s a Florida Beach, I discovered it. This brings me to another point, which I teach my students and will write about another time: DO NOT DELETE YOUR DIGITAL FILES! This is a funny photo. The fact that she has higgledy-piggledy plopped herself down on the edge of what appears to be a beach road complete with multiple tire tracks, lends itself to the humor, and the title, which I don’t take credit for but give that honor to my good friend Greg Burnett: “Speed Bump.” Personally, I’d be worried that my legs would get flattened, like bacon!
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