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Street Photography in a Time of Social Distancing

I've been walking around my neighborhood every day that isn't raining since the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" declaration put an abrupt stop to my taking the train into the city and poking through galleries and wandering the streets.

Street Photography in a Time of Social Distancing -- SW 186th and 1st Avenue, 2020


My neighborhood isn't exactly a target rich environment for a photographer that usually is looking at people and their everyday lives. As a nod to keeping my distance even from the few people who are also out on the neighborhood streets I put my seldom-used 200mm lens on my camera. I am interested in how much that lens has changed how I see things -- I like the shallow depth of field but I'm not used to the flattening of a long lens. Oddly, I find myself much more aware of the shapes of things -- perhaps because I am usually looking primarily at people. May's Print of the Month (or thereabouts) is the most heavily populated scene I've found for several weeks.

Missing Persons #73, 2nd Ave SW

I did find this photograph from a block south of our home to go in my "Missing Persons" project.

Polishing His Chromed Fire Hydrant, 186th ST SW

And I have found one or two actual street photographs. How many people have a chromed fire hydrant as a water feature in their front yard?


There was a review of the annual juried show at Photography Center Northwest in today's (May 2) Lens/cratch. I've not been keen on their juried shows for several years but this one looks pretty interesting. Seeing it online isn't very satisfactory.


The other news tidbit is the announcement by Harmon Industries of a 15% (and up) price hike for Ilford film and paper in May. Time to stock up.


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