Title: Where One Lives.
While staying in NYC I not only stumbled upon the photo above, but I feel as if it is my “photo of all photos… you know, that one shot that you want to be remembered for.
So why does this photo stand out for me? What is to be remembered?
1. First things first, this is a great example of street photography. Not only does the photo capture a candid moment in time, but it feels as if that moment is artificial. The view seems to represent lifelike mannequins in a heavily tailored window and the atmosphere feels made up. The image forces your eyes to do a double take, you are forced to look at not only the details in the surroundings but you have to notice the candids.
2. Reflections and guiding lines. I used subtile reflections to mimic the lines of the thick wood tables to make your eyes take note of all 3 candids in this photo. You are forced like a good game of pinball to hit the head on the left before bouncing to the middle and then right candid.
3. The fine/small details. There are so many hidden gems in this photo. From the glint of green light in the upper top right to the outside elements that almost seem to look as if they are indoors. There is one lone letter… the letter “A” that in some way is the universe telling me that I got this one.
4. The lack of human interaction. The moment is silent. 2 of the patrons are zoned out with earbuds in… it makes me ask “what are they listening to?” and the other is lost in a newspaper. Their body language screams and tells us that they have no idea what is going around around them. So much that when I saw this moment from the corner of my eye I was allowed to walk right up, get down on one knee, and carefully compose the shot without causing even a blink or stare through the window.
5. Colors and tones. Yes black and white photography is beautiful, even classic… but this shot demands not only to be seen in color, but would not work as well in black and white. The colors and careful daylight tones ad an almost dreamlike feel to the scene. The colors also warm the environment and they help focus the attention on the important areas of the photo.
So there you have it… for all the things above, this is the photo that I want to be remembered for. Thank you for reading.
Image shot with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, NYC.