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kodak portra 400 bw
canon fd 100mm f/2
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I always figured that if i could pick one super power it would be the power to make myself invisible. I have been looking at this photo for the past few minuted and am starting to feel like a deer caught in headlights and it's also makes me wonder how you nestle yourself in these breath taking situations time and time again. This is a beautiful and mesmerizing photograph matt, keep it up.

Posted by M Nowland at September 19, 2004 02:57 AM
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mike, thank you. yes it's all about finding the situations for sure. but, really, the situations are everywhere. for example if you see a place where things are happening, then stay there, quietly, and observe things for as long as it takes. become part of the scene. you are the photographer there, and this is good. interesting places should have photographers around. if you make it obvious that you are the photographer, doing what photographers do, nicely, and that you are just as much a part of the scene as anybody else, then no one will be startled by your camera any more. and if they don't like it, don't take their picture.

it's interesting that you say "invisible". i think a lot of people make the assumption that stealth is the way to go when shooting strangers. i completely disagree! it's certainly one way to go, and i do it sometimes, but i find it a lot more rewarding to "hide in plain sight". often i look through the lens without shooting, just pointing it around, getting people used to the idea, and taking note of anyone who shields their face.

the woman in the hat knew she was being photographed. i'd been watching her for ten minutes, and she'd smiled at me just moments before.

Posted by matto at September 19, 2004 01:16 PM
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Ah the choices a young woman has to make. "Should I be bright and bouncy like the pop stars around me?" Or "should I embrace my heritage and shun that which is vanity." Or maybe "I'll just pave my own path."

Posted by Robert at September 20, 2004 12:26 PM
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