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:
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.