We just got back from a 2 week trip in Italy, and had a great time. There are so many things that I would like to share with you, but I need time to digest first. 😉 So, I thought I would share 3 street photos with you in this post.
Traveling with a tour group made it hard to take street photos. I had to pay attention to where my group was. Not to mention that some streets are not easy to walk on – with steps everywhere, so I had to watch the roads, too. Also, when you travel with a group, it is difficult to look and shoot any street photo you want (my excuse). Still, I managed to take some.
Interestingly, in this trip, I came to a realization (didn’t know how I did it) that street photographing is not just catching a specific moment of someone’s (a stranger) life, but it is catching a moment of someone’s life that I feel connected to. Not sure if this makes sense to you; anyway, I do see myself change in a small way.
The first photo was taking at St. Peter’s Square. I watched this woman eating her ice cream like a little kid would do. Suddenly, one person in our group called out to our tour director, who was 10 feet away. Hearing the noise, this woman took her eyes away from the ice cream for a second or two. When she found out what was going on, she laughed and then continued enjoying her ice cream as if we were not there.
The next photo was taking at a pizza place. The old man was sitting downstairs at the bar area by himself. Upstairs was full of people eating pizzas. When we walked by this old man, he didn’t try to make any eye contact with us, didn’t say hi. He seemed smiling and I wondered what piece of memory he was thinking of at that time.
The third photo was taking at the restaurant where we had our farewell dinner. Again, the woman was alone. Her mind was in a faraway place. I took this photo 4 or 5 feet away from her and I don’t think she’d noticed. (Don’t you like how she positioned her hands?)
The first photo was taken by D750; the next two iPhone.
I’ve visited many amazing churches, many beautiful places in this trip. I don’t know how long I would remember them, but these three faces will definitely stay with me for a long while.