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Friday, June 27, 2008

Fashionista, Not

Bad Fashion Sense
Photo by myself near Union Square, on University Place and 13th Street.

If this gentleman were walking toward me, he'd have one of those black bars across his face, as a 'fashion don't'!

Alas, you can't police everything.


Looking through my photos each night, I've been stumped, recently. Nothing seems to excite me.

'Post something with people,' Mark says. 'People like looking at people.'

So I turn from the architectural shots and close ups, and try to find something halfway decent with a person in it.

Mark is convinced that it doesn't matter where a photo is taken. If it has an interesting person or people in it, a photograph will be interesting. So even if you take photos on the same street for days, your images will be interesting.

I'd love to know how people think about this. Is his theory right? Are architectural details boring? Would daily photos of any given street corner be enough?

This thinking reminds me of the movie Smoke, written by Paul Auster. The owner of a Brooklyn smoke shop contemplates the street corner outside his shop day after day.

Personally, I'm not sure. I'm still feeling my way through photography, trying to figure out what I like.

Related posts: Schmata, Or The Annual Warehouse Sale and Wednesday Portraits - The Sartorialist.


Carolyn said...

That is quite the shirt!

I like all your shots! Most of my shots are nature.... I want to branch out into people too.

Kelly said...

How clever of this gentleman to hide the map to his buried treasure in plain sight. Did he mutter "Arrr" as you passed each other?

I like looking at all your shots, including the people! Best of all, your posts are wonderful reading!

Fredrik said...

I'm not sure I agree with Mark. Interesting people usually makes a good picture, sure. But they should do something, interact with others, laugh, cry whatever, to make it really interesting. The best pictures in my opinion evoke some kind of feeling or send a message that makes you think about something. Architectural shots can do that too, absolutely. Just imagine this for example. An old stone church squeezed between two modern steel and glass skyscrapers.

Kitty said...

Hi Carolyn
Thanks dear! I like your shots, too. People are best when the photos are candid. I'd love to see your people photos

Thanks Kelly!
Luckily this guy was always in front of me, so he couldn't see me scampering behind, trying to focus on him.

Hi Fredrik
I know what you mean. I don't find this photo all that great, for instance (not well composed, subjects not interacting, though showing action and in focus). But the shirt alone was enough for me.

Provoking interest photographically is a challenge.

Catz said...

I like your photos. Most of what I take is of nature. I think I take pictures of things I connect with better than what I don't connect with.
I happen to love your architectural pictures. You always manage to get great depth and shadows.

Dana said...

Mark is right. People do like looking at people and there is a whole lot to see on this fella's shirt :)

Terry B said...

While I do enjoy people pictures, I'm a huge fan of architectural stuff. Especially of New York. And it doesn't have to be the big, obvious places. Often cool little details or shots of everyday spaces can just put me right there in the moment.

ken mac said...

Traveling the globe without leaving the street...

Tammy said...

I love you building shots, but I must admit that shirt picture gave me a chuckle! ;o)

fishwithoutbicycle said...

All I know is that shirt hurts my eyes!!

Spandrel Studios said...

Your mix of buildings and people is a good one! Keep following your instincts!

Kizz said...

I think you hit the nail on the head, post pictures of things that YOU like. That's what we're interested in.

Andrea said...

I think a mixture of the two is great, but obviously you should post what you enjoy most. It is after all your interpretation of New York that this log is about, be that architecture or people or both.
I personally adore your people photos for the reason that I know how hard it is to take them - I've tried street photography in London, and I have to say it is incredibly hard photographing people without getting self-conscious.
So kudos for that !!!

I also love your architecture photos, because I love buildings and cities.