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 loved both expressions. It’s interesting to see just how aware kids are of cameras. I don’t know if that’s always been the case. Some of the posing I’ve seen, not these kids, has certainly been a more recent development. I don’t often take pictures of flowers but I liked this one. I’ve remain fascinated by grass seeds like this. The lettering of the sign is really interesting as is what it says. You can see the tiny trail of a bug in the dew and then the wing imprint and claw marks of a bird as it swooped down and plucked it off.