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Graffiti- or street art (at best)- often reflects the economy, society or both- as well as the people who walk our streets. In the middle of one of America’s richest cities, I found this image a contradiction.LEft Behind web

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It’s not often a single subject stops in mid air while everyone else is moving ¬†full steam ahead. The result, emphasized by a slow shutter speed. creates almost a parallel universe.traveler in time copy

Finding interesting content on the streets is not unlike looking through a kaleidoscope- sometimes you see nothing and then, out of the blue, the right justaposition of people and environment come together. Some professionals say don’t walk so much- presuming that you are better off saving your energy for target rich settings. I’m not that lucky. I need to walk my butt off to find content.fair-warning-web

I saw the lamp post and the slick streets….then waited for people with umbrellas. This image is about light in my mind.The Rain in Spain 11x copy

When do stairs become more than stairs?  Maybe when the light is just right AND someone is simply enjoying a few rays.......

When do stairs become more than stairs? Maybe when the light is just right AND someone is simply enjoying a few rays…….

Expression's Everything

I titled this,”Wise Guy.” He was absolutely joyous as I shot some 20 images of him on an Asian street. He paid me no mind, instead dealing with admirers of his work. I think the Chinese characters add context to the shot.

Here was this tiny little soul, aboard her Dad’s boat, breathing in a big yawn as she came home from a day of fishing. It was her gesture, and white hat, that attracted my attention. Shooting only three quick frames, I made sure Dad was in the picture, but NOT dominant. Had his face been visable, it would have drawn attention from her.The image has good tonal range, but not as dramatic as some of my portraits.

Gestures communicate. They tell a story without words. I think the best images capture physical movements that document a feeling or action. As you shoot, look for the little things because, over time, they are the BIG things. -www.slmphoto.com

Some two weeks after walking the streets of Cuba (legally), I remain struck by how Castro’s stated goal of wealth re-distribution has left so many of his countryman with little few assets and diminished hope (though some Cubans would say it is the US embargo that prevents prosperity). There is an undercurrent of hustle in the underground economy,but most days it appears the heat and oppression take its toll on the human spirit.I share this observation because it is easy for elected leaders to offer a chicken in every pot (as one president said), but real personal …and national security ….comes from responsible capitalism. The problem is our business leaders have often betrayed that promise which is why many people today want a government guarantee for everything from a fair wage to protection from irresponsible corporate actions. I fear, though, that the pendulum has swung too far. That people have forgotten that we can’t promise things that we can’t afford. That over-regulation creates more problems than the original sins that made the the laws necessary. Photographers, like me, notice people….and moods. I don’t think Americans want dependency on government, as in Cuba. I think they want government that works to keep us safe and productive. What say you (at the risk of alienating some of my fans)??

As with all things in life, balance is important. Digital cameras let you shoot without regard to expense SO sometimes people shoot without really thinking about composition. Shooting with a sense of freedom and fancy is not a bad thing, but I think there is a balance: shoot what interests you; try to frame a great shot; shoot until you get what you want.