Sidewalk Reading

Don’t try this at home, kids. At least not if you want to ensure you get a good photo. I didn’t even stop for this one. Just started snapping while I walked by this homeless person reading over a subway grate. This is the only shot that came out. Not too sure if the angle works. Looks good in colour but I really like how the white page of the magazine is centred in the shot and surrounded by shades of grey. I actually applied a bit of green tinge to the black & white effect. I’m happy with it, but realize it won’t be appealing to everyone.

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6 Responses to Sidewalk Reading

  1. Mauro Metallo says:

    I love the grain and the blur. The whole execution, actually, properly conveys a precise view of the drama in the subject’s life. This is a very good photograph, Dave. Beautifully seen and presented.

  2. milkayphoto says:

    I think everything about this photo works to convey life on the streets. It also conveys a powerful message that homeless people are still people, wanting the same things we all want. Really well done.

  3. davecandoit says:

    Thanks Mauro and Tracy. I’m really pleased with it.

  4. thats interesting – I like the skewed angle of shot, the hurried nature of it – the whole image is movement except the white book page, which is bright and centered and stationary. i wonder if that means something.

  5. uncoveringyou says:

    love the angle….the blur…all of it works well in my humble opinion!

  6. davecandoit says:

    Thanks Otto and Kim. The angle came about my accident, really. I was simply shooting as I walked by. If not for in-camera image stabilization I would not have had a photo at all.

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