Pick for this week above. Although I explored “insertion” as engaging and interacting with the subject and making their portrait, I did not like this approach as it wasn’t evident at first glance without the justification/spiel.
Alternatively, I went and searched for people in the process of inserting something. A straight to the point approach.
In the end, I went with inserting my self/shadow into the image. At least this way I was physically inserting my presence in the image, not just by the approach to create a portrait.
The image I chose for the week was the juxtaposition of the mannequin and lady’s arms to portray the insertion. I also like that my shadow is visible in this image.
I have been continuing my hunt for this week’s theme “Insertion”, which I have interpreted as my engagement of people in the street. I could not find Philip and his Christian friend from my previous post but proceeded with talking to two people who I found interesting. My goal was to talk to them about the particular characteristic which caught my attention and hopefully get a photo of it. The only thing is I didn’t get any of their names! Rookie mistake.
Met this guy in the morning on my way to work. I missed the bus as the bus driver parked way before the bus stop so I did not see him. Anyways, I ended up walking and came across this guy’s shirt. I started talking with him and asked where he bought it and if it was cool if could take his photo.
He explains he got it from 6foot4honda, a tshirt brand who specifically make apparel for bikers. I imagine they would get there fair share of cars being too close to them and this design certainly reminds drivers to keep distance. He vouched for its efficacy, telling me one driver gave him backed off and gave him space after reading his shirt.
I was walking around Elizabeth Quay and noticed a man’s tatoo on the back of his hand while he was rubbing his head. I’ve always wanted to take a portrait of hands to tell a story and thought this would be a great opportunity to ask. Before I asked I took the photo below, trying to tie in the double arch of the bridge and the two mates just hanging out.
My approach went something like this –
Me: I like your tattoo. Do you mind if I take a photo of your hands?
With a perplexed gaze, he replies.
Him: Yeah. Alright
Me: Is there a meaning or story behind this tatoo?
Him: Yeah , there is. I was pissed! (we use this term in Australia, means drunk)
He shows me his other right hand and states this one had meaning. It was a tattoo done by his best mate Karl who passed away.
I thanked them for allowing me to take a photo of his hands and sharing abit of his story. He lets me know next time it will cost me $30.00 for a photo and gifts me with a pose. I only wish it was a sharp image!
Not to be outdone his friend, strikes a final pose to send me of my way.
The theme randomly word generated for this week is “Insertion”.I went out looking for some photos for today’s blog post and considered insertion conceptually, ie, as a person or an idea that can influence/affect/engage with another person.
I thought about how as street photographers we have the choice to engage with people. In the past I avoided this, but I am finding recently I have been talking more to people and getting abit of their story. It does get awkward sometimes and I think to myself I could have asked better questions. Questions which are related to what made me interested in them. Something to be mindful of for the next time.
Asking for a self portrait is an act of inserting one self to the street scene, much like a photojournalist documenting a story. Rather than an observer trying to capture the moment, you become a participant.
The first person I engaged with this week is Philip. He moved to Perth in the 90s from a town near Kalgoorlie, some 200km away. He talks to people in the CBD about Jesus and Christianity.
When I introduced my self to him, he grabbed my hand and told me Jesus loved me, along with a choreographed hand shake related with his statement. I found him really calm, friendly and easy going.
That’s his bike that uses to get around. When I took this image, I saw the man with the sign about to walk past and quickly framed the bike as a foreground element.
Ideally, I should follow this story through if I can. Hopefully I can meet him again or his friend holding the sign this week.
The difficulty will be selecting the single image with this story approach… But that’s something to worry about at the end of this week.