Does it ever happen to you that something so special joins you when you are alone; a spark of revelation; a moment of clarity; something that makes you want to jump up and down in glee, and you might even do just that? I find that when that happens, it mostly does when I walk alone. Maybe when we walk alone we invite into us what wants to give us clarity, and maybe at other times, we are too busy and crowded to hear it. As long as I can be with inspiration, boredom will never meet me, they seem to live in different essence realms.
“Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream” ~Gibran Khalil Gibran
She rode on a water raft, she smiled, she waved, she came closer to our boat and she sold us bananas. The girl with the heart earrings.
Halong Bay~ Vietnam
City sidewalks are places of never-ending surprises and the places where photograph opportunities stare you right in the face. It is where the truth of people can be seen, their candid lives are in display and for me it is a place where I can feel humanity. We overpopulate the earth and we walk side by side, shoulder to shoulder on these city streets, anonymous, strangers to each other, lost in our own little bubble worlds. I love to capture faces of strangers and that in its own way brings humanity closer to me and bridges the distance that separates us.
photo taken: old man drinking tea on a Hanoi sidewalk~ Vietnam
Street photography, my very favorite kind! I am happiest with a camera, an ipod, headphones, and streets to explore. I can walk city alleys for hours looking for the right moment to capture the right interaction with a stranger. A human’s face, gesture, movement, stillness, intensity, emotion… and when the moment feels right, it is an incredibly inspired rush that comes with the click of my shutter, and the stranger is captured to live in my memories for a long time, to be somehow a part of my journey.
Yes, definitely my favorite way to use a camera.