Confidence

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

CONFIDENCE © STEVEN WILLARD

I don’t get much opportunity for street photography, but every time I do I’m reminded how difficult it is for me, and how exciting when things work out.

I saw this woman approaching me on the other side of the street and realized there was a photo opportunity in the making, if I could time it right. It was one of those situations where there was barely time to get the camera to my eye and press the shutter.

There are several things I like about this image; the contrast between the linearity of the building and the shape of he woman in her long dress, the contrast of textures and the contrast between the static building and the implied movement of her stride. But what I like most is her. She looks like she knows where she is going, and she is confident she will get there.

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Lost in Indiana

Photography

Small town Indiana © Steven Willard

This might serve as an example for the value of GPS tagging. I know when this photograph was made, exif data even tells me what camera and lens, but what I don’t know is where. I was on a cross country drive when I stopped in this small town someplace in central Indiana, in the heart of farm country. You can believe it was a small town when I tell you that this store was right across the street from the town green where there was still evidence of a Fourth of July picnic. I wish I knew where it was. Look close and you can just make out the “LOVE” in the window.

Olympus OMD EM5 with 20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens.

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Sunny Delight

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Sunny Delight © Steven Willard

I had to turn the car around for this. It reminded me of riding my bike down sun-dappled streets as a kid.

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What would Magritte Say?

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

What would Magritte say?

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Time Passes

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Time passes © Steven Willard

I was standing in a light drizzle, struck by the impression that the picket fence represented time; how on the right, up close, it’s easy to see each day-if each picket equals one day, but as it recedes into the past (distance) the days blur into each other. Can you see what I mean? And the grave markers merge more and more into each other the farther into the past they are. Isn’t that how time seems to us? We know that a day is a day, but the farther into the past the smaller they appear, and the more they blend into one another, even though we know that each day was the same. Likewise, although the grave markers seem smaller, to the people present at the time they were placed, they represented loss on the same scale as the more recent ones. The fact that the markers seem smaller in the distance doesn’t mean the loved ones the markers represent were mourned for any less.

The older I get the longer the line of pickets that merge into one another. The fact that I have a hard time distinguishing one day in the past from another doesn’t mean they were less important, or that the people I can barely recall were less important to me then, time just does that. See what I mean?

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Olympus OMD EM5 with 20mm f1.7 Panasonic lens.

My barber, not me

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

My barber, Woodbury, Ct ©Steven Willard

I think barbers, like bartenders, must see just about everything. I didn’t know the guy getting the Mohawk haircut, but Tony has been cutting his hair for a few years. Turns out he’s a substitute teacher. Times have changed.

I Phone 5, and Snapseed.

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The Great Divide

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

The Great Divide © Steven Willard

Separated by age, gender, point of view and experience; how do we find common ground? How do we prevent the over-loud voices from the extremes from drowning out the more reasonable dialogues taking place closer to the center? How do we keep a skeptical eye on the demagogues* without letting our attention on them become fixation?

We talk to one another.

*We don’t need a tweeting Cleon for our time.

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Useless

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Useless, Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Useless

Even a stopped clock

is right twice a day

A sundial in the shade

is useless

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40–150mm f2.8 zoom. Developed in Snapseed.

Al Fresco

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Al fresco © Steven Willard

I find it difficult to ignore patterns, textures and light-play when looking for potential photographs. Add a small dose of mystery and I’m hooked.

I’m not quite sure why the owners of this restaurant chose to fence it off from the sidewalk. Was it to keep patrons from leaving without paying? Or, perhaps it’s a case of not wanting to have their tables and chairs stolen; in that case it’s like closing the gate when the horse is already gone.

Pentax K5IIs with 15mm lens. The challenge here was getting everything lined up to my satisfaction, made more difficult by the wide lens.

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It might have been Moonglow

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It might have been Moonglow © Steven Willard

Driving home under a full moon recently, I kept looking for a subject to photograph. Whether it was me being tired or my state of mind, the fact was I didn’t see what I was hoping to see. I was a little disappointed, but it is almost always better for me to be moved first by a scene, even if I later manipulate it to look like something only later imagined.

My point here is that while I didn’t manage to make a photograph on that moonlit night, I was moved or maybe even inspired by that drive home. Later, while looking at some older files, I found one I felt I could use to bend to my vision from that night.

Panasonic Lumix G3 with lumix 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed and Stackables.

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