One thing that I am acutely aware of when shooting, especially documentary/editorial type stuff is that I don't want to wade in with all guns blazing and possibly destroy what it was that first caught my eye. I think that when we make pictures we have the option of presenting a version of reality that is only a version, but it can have solidity, resonance, maybe some inherent "realness". That option rapidly disappears though if you change the nature of the environment or the behaviour of your subject(s). It is a fine line between observing in a very passive way and engaging thoroughly. Too far one way and you've blown it, too far the other and you may as well have stayed at home.
This is a shot that I took a while ago and have re-visited this evening in looking at some tweaks to my workflow. Shot using available light (which was pretty decent here) with a lensbaby, and to my knowledge the young lady did not know that I was shooting her. Hopefully I was not important enough for her to notice.
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Tags: Black and white
Landscape and travel
Portraits and people
Night and low light
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