Week 25: Person

I thought this week would be easy.  I thought wrong.

I wanted to step away from a portrait and try to photograph a person in their element.  It doesn’t help when you forget your camera.  Or when it’s hot as the hinges on hell’s door.  Or when you’re too afraid to approach a stranger.  Luckily, I was around a number of persons on Friday night.

Here is my person:

Week 25: Person

I accompanied my friend Natalie to a family event, toting the camera along for the action.  All the little cousins were running around together, playing and having fun, including this little guy.  Pleasant, happy, smiling children.  Until he saw what was in my hand.  His cousin had given me a flashlight to hold while he played.  (Kids… sometimes I don’t understand them.)  And then it was spotted.  “That’s not yours!!!!!!  That’s Jase’s flashlight!!!!!!”  I just had a four year old yell at me because he thought I was stealing his cousin’s dinosaur flashlight.  (Kids… sometimes I don’t understand them.)  I explained I was asked to hold it.  “Oh.  OK.”  All was well in the world again.  (Kids… they make no sense to me.)

He was in an element.  An element of confusion and frustration.  This would normally be an outtake.  But it happens to be perfect for this week’s subject.  This, my friends, is why you keep on snapping.

Go ahead and make your way to the Flickr group to see how everyone else captured “person”.  And don’t forget about the Challenger Roll – you might find a wonderful new blog to follow.  We’re moving on to Week 26 which is halfway!  And our new subject for our halfway mark is DISTORTION.

Good luck.  I know I’ll need it.

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June 22, 2011 - 8:58 am

katie o. - What a stinkin’ cutie! The challenge should have been “sheer happiness” because this kid is freaking happy!

June 22, 2011 - 8:59 am

Brooke - Actually, he was yelling at me. Before and after, he was freaking happy. During… not so much.

June 22, 2011 - 9:03 am

Natalie - Love it Brooke Renee!!! Thank you again! This totally captures him and makes me smile from ear to ear.

June 22, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Tana - OH MY GOODNESS! I love his expression and I love your explanation for wanting to catch the essence of a person in their own element than a portrait alone. I was trying to go for the same type of understanding a person without really seeing them kind of thing.

Kids are indeed hilarious! They’ve called me out on so many things (they were mostly my own doing) but it does catch you off guard when they do. I used to be a camp counselor for 7 year old kids and I used to have my hair down ALL the time. One day I decided to braid it. The kids that day were like “Teacher, you look different.” “Teacher, are you even my teacher?” “Teacher, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?” Kids. [insert sighs]

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