Photographing the street means that life comes to you. Whether you wander around or stay put people are on the move, doing things you might never expect. And all the while your mind is moving too: imagining, remembering, questioning. With both internal and external forces working at once, a vision can sometimes appear.
I had the 7D with zoom attached and roamed the circumference of a city block. Among the scenes were two groups, one of street performers and one of tourists. Both had one thing in common: interesting faces. Up came the camera.
I have people in my life that talk a lot about the insane era of the 1960s. Protests, wars, assassinations, space flight: all of it made for a chaotic time that forever marks the memories of those who lived through it. Now, fifty years later, the ‘60s generation is aging; what might it be like for a Vietnam-era musician to look back on his rebel days? To capture this idea, I used Photoshop’s layering feature to overlay one image with another, along with a soft eraser to blend the two. Topaz Black & White Effects was also used on both images to bring out additional detail.
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200
ISO 250, f/6.3, 1/200