Every so often we head into Boston to walk around the North End, grab some lunch, and do some street photography. We took the train in a couple of weekends ago when it was actually starting to get warmer out. It had been a while since we were last there because of the cold, cold, cold months. I'm usually very hesitant about street photography because I have a fear of someone calling me out and yelling at me. I want to go unnoticed. Watching Joe, I have learned that a lot of people are oblivious as to what goes on around them. I've seen him go directly behind someone and photograph them and they don't even notice. When you watch one of the best, you'll learn from one of the best. We always walk through the Boston Public Market - it's always the same thing but it just smells so good (those cider donuts by the door!). After we made our rounds through that, we saw that the outdoor public market was going on. It was my first time ever experiencing this in person but I have heard so much about it! It was pretty insane - there are just a ton of produce vendors selling fruit and vegetables at a ridiculously cheap price. Some vendors were selling an entire flat of strawberries for $2! We didn't buy anything because we were still planning on walking around, but we stayed around the area for a good while and photographed the people. I felt confident in this area because there were just SO many people that I knew no one would say a word to me about photographing "things" (aka, them). After editing my images and looking at the chosen ones as a whole, I've decided to split these images up into a few blog posts. This post will be focusing on angles and really planning out a composition.
When I took this photograph, the white tarp draped through the middle portion of the frame caught my eye. The bright white against the sky creates a contrast in color and shape. After I took this photo, I wasn't too sure about the woman on the side but I think it adds another depth to the image.
I've always focused on what goes out of the frame, as well as what's going on. I think it's equally as important to pay attention to the corners of a composition. I love the way the stairs bring your eyes down towards the man coming up the stairs. The lime green really carries your eye, again, to the man walking up the stairs. These angles really work to bring your eyes to the main subject of the photograph.
This is a photograph that is really interesting to me. There's something about not seeing a face to the body in an image that stirs your curiosity. It shows that you don't need a face to create a story because this is a story in itself. But the one thing I think that really makes this image successful is the way the shadows fall out of the image. The shadows lead your eye from the outside of the frame, into it and up to the man with the bags.