Monday, January 21, 2008


I spend too much time in taxis, and as such, I usually think I can make a decent image. This particular taxi driver engaged in a conversation because I had the camera out on this trip to the office in Cambridge. So I snapped a few. It's really an attempt by myself to get over photographing people I don't know and engaging with them in order to get a good image.

I meet a lot of people during the day, especially on my travels abroad. I'm not the most outgoing person, but my shell is a little less thick these days and I find myself in conversations simply by opening up just a bit. In a taxi cab it beats the silence.

Making images of people, total strangers, is nothing new. A lot of photographers do it today and have done it throughout the history of photography. I personally struggle with pointing a camera towards strangers, especially in the social environment we finds ourselves in today. But I find myself increasingly drawn to my images of people and the enjoyment I get out of it. Landscape isn't for me no matter how much I try. It's solitary, and while that would have worked for me years ago, I don't find the enjoyment in it today. Not to mention that there are so many people so much better.

Environmental images of places I've been holds appeal, but I don't get the time I would like while on the business trips to really engage with a place. So it's people I turn too, or at least, turn to in my head as I make images during the day without the camera. But there's the rub. Asking is hard so I shy away and don't do it.

So, back to this image. It's woefully inadequate in producing an image of a person. But what drew me to get the camera in my hand was the conversation with the driver and the ornaments hanging from the mirror. We'll see what happens in 2008 as I try to get out of the shell a little more and make images of the people I meet along the way.

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