It’s been a long time, almost exactly a year, since I did any stranger portraits. It remains a difficult thing for me to do which is a large part of why I do it. Additionally, driving into work this morning I saw the scene below. The park is a place where many homeless people seem to gather/sleep/live. I went back to check on the man but by the time I was able to park and walk back police and ambulance personnel were on the scene. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder about my own perceptions of my environment. If it weren’t for the bike would I have gone back to check? It seemed to add an element of action interrupted rather than someone passing out or sleeping in the open. Lots of questions about internal and external elements.
I like to take photographs of photographers taking photographers. I ran into this one one block over from 821 Cafe. I am a fan of that blue wall. Danielle Dick from Spit for Science working with ALT Lab’s video team. Students set up hammocks around VCU. I wonder if that happens in other places. Not the best picture but I love the stories I make up for this scene. Something about the formal clothes, the long beards, and the apparent picnic preparations. My eldest and a few classmates decided their science project would be focused on testing the flammability of various materials. I don’t think any of them had ever seen Beavis and Butthead but . . . .