Girl

One of my favorites. This is what you might call a walk-by shooting. My eye got this little girl from another time while I was walking through a NY subway station. I had my camera dangling from my right shoulder. Since I couldn't stop and point my camera at her (well, I could have but I didn't want to miss my shot or stop) so without bringing the camera to my eye, I just hit the shutter button in hopes of catching the shot. When I opened the file I couldn't see much as it was under exposed, but I was able to bring the image up with an exposure adjustment.

I caught this three years ago...as with all the people I shoot anonymously, I wonder who they are, where they are, and if they'll ever come across a photograph I've taken of them.

 
 

Piano In Union Square

I shot this three years and a few days ago. This is Union Square in early April. I've been here five days and have worn my winter coat every day. Today it's been in the forties. 

About this photograph...I'm always wondered how the piano gets there.

Mystery instantly solved thanks to Google. Meet Colin Huggins aka 'the real piano man' or 'the piano guy'. He used to push this piano around New York and even played in the subways. I apparently saw his other piano last summer when I met up with a creative portraiture client at Washington Square Park...I say apparently because he wasn't there but I've just read that he know uses a grand piano. When I saw it Colin wasn't around. Maybe on a coffee break.

BREAKING NEWS!

This is not Colin Huggins, although the empty grand piano I saw in Washington Square surely belonged to him.

If you'd like to learn about COLIN HUGGINS click his name, and you'll realize why I thought this was him and then pieced the evidence to get to the truth.

Not to mention I found this video of my guy credited it to Colin and Colin commented, "hahahahaha, that's not me."

I remember him playing much better than this.

Cry, Baby

Here's two stories. Giving you (probably unwanted) access into my process (or my brain) of thought editing my photographs. It's mostly waffling thoughts and may be confusing.

Story One - Yesterday I went back to a shooting three years ago. Initially, I was going to choose this photograph - not actually this photograph but one of this kid. Then I saw the subway shot that I had dismissed, or not struck by, when I was initially editing the photographs (there were many other as well) from this day of shooting. Until yesterday.

Story Two - So today, I went back into that folder thinking I was going to post the picture of this boy that I had previously edited/processed. Then I thought I might as well look at the other three shots I took of this kid...and I liked this photograph more than the one of him that I would have posted yesterday, had I not chosen the guy waiting for the subway. What if I didn't pick the other shot? This one which I may like (today) more than the original one of him would not have seen the light of day. 

 
 

The Conclusion - Photographs, even though they are a frozen moment in time, still have life and can affect the viewer differently on any given day. We can say it's because of the mood of the viewer but I would like to argue that the same photograph can evoke different details for the eye to see which will then send messages to the brain as to how you feel or react to the photograph.

Feel free to debate.

PS. This would be called Mad Baby if I didn't have another photo that already claimed that title.