– life on the streets of a big little city on the Gulf Coast –

urban snapshot

Image

“From Head To Toe”

headtotoe_dsf0279-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Cross My Heart & Hope To Die

motorhead20151107_5304 as Smart Object-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Either-Or, Both

shemale20151108_5565 as Smart Object-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Freeze Frame

video lady20151003_4347 as Smart Object-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

First in Line

sitting on chair20150514_9747 as Smart Object-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Ambiguous Situation

A man on a lonely street stops and glares at you.

Suddenly he reaches inside his coat for a concealed object and comes striding straight toward you.

What do you do?

man with gun?

If you’re a photographer you shoot first, photoshop later.

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

If Looks Could Kill

lady20150427_8885 as Smart Object-1

I take pictures of people I donโ€™t know.

Sometimes they smile, sometimes they frown. I can try to make educated guesses but in truth I never really know how they are going to respond.

I have been prowling streets for only slightly more than half a year now, but have accumulated some encounters you may find interesting.

The above is from the Foreword to a photo-essay, “If Looks Could Kill: When Strangers Notice You Taking Their Picture.” Click on the title if you wish to read the 26 page pdf.

 

 


Image

Afternoon Delight

kiss20150812_2119-Edit-2

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Under The Banyon Tree

Plotting…

kids20150801_1483

Assaulting

kids220150801_1488

ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

No Privacy

street sleepers20150806_1640-2 (1)


Image

Overweight Smoker in Yellow 3-Wheeled Death-Trap Decorated w/ Chains, Skeletons, Razor-Sharp Teeth on Grille & Skulls on Rollbars

yellow scooter20150605_0590 as Smart Object-1

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Image

Please!

soliciting


Image

Wasted

wasted


Image

Response To A Mother Who Demanded I Delete A Picture Of Her Breastfeeding Her Child

“I understand that you are upset that I took your picture.ย  Feelings are not right or wrong, they just are, and I would not argue with them. But I would like to suggest that calling me a โ€œcreepโ€ who canโ€™t wait to get home and jerk-off looking at an image of your naked breast is ill-considered and quite a bit off the mark.ย  And if you will calm down enough to listen for a moment, hereโ€™s whyโ€ฆ

 

When you decided to sit down on a bench and expose yourself to the entire world to breastfeed your child โ€“ which you have every legal right to do in a public place โ€“ you were undoubtedly acting from the purest of motives stemming from a motherโ€™s instinct.ย  A natural life-giving offering of yourself is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

And when I simultaneously clicked the shutter button โ€“ which I have every legal right to do in a public place โ€“ I, too, was acting from within a time-honored tradition.ย  Street photography is committed to capturing unique moments that document life in urban environments, at the least, and the larger human condition itself, if weโ€™re lucky.ย  And luck it so often is, given that we canโ€™t stop the flow of time to manipulate actors and props on a stage.ย  Out of the corner of an eye we sense a movement about to occur and if instinct and our knowledge of human behavior suggest that it might be significant, we whirl and shoot.

 

In short order you and two no-nonsense-looking guys caught up with me and demanded that I delete your photo.ย  I politely refused โ€“ and not, as you suggest, from any prurient interest.

 

Why, then?ย  The goal of any artist is to take a โ€œsubjectโ€ and transform it into a โ€œcontent.โ€ย  That is, to capture a moment and render it timeless.ย  Given the right mix of elements โ€“ line, color, space, texture, composition โ€“ a two-dimensional image of a mother and child might transcend itself and become suggestive of Motherhood, Love, Nurturance.ย  Will my picture of you rise to that level?ย  Probably not, chances are slim.ย  But most certainly I wonโ€™t know until I download the image to a larger monitor.”

 

breat feeding-1106

[In spite of her insistent demand I made a decision not to delete this image for two reasons: (1) to demonstrate that it is about as far from the sensual as it is possible to be, and (2) because the image itself is “respectfully artistic” (IMO) and there are a combination of elements that I particularly like: the pyramidal composition, interlocking gazes and gestures, the petulant expression on the kidโ€™s face, etc.ย  Out of deference to the mother I did, however, drastically darken the image to conceal her identity.]


Image

“Siri, quick! How does this soundboard work?”

sound check


Image

How Much Is That Girl In The Window?

girlinwindow


Image

Trust

trust


Image

Grab ‘n Run

grab 'n run


Image

“That’s the guy!”

wheelchair guy


Image

Rowdies & Ruffians: An Occupational Hazard

The kid on the left just picked a wad of something up off the street and threw it at me. He looks a bit unstable and his hackles are still raised for no reason I can detect. It was unprovoked aggression because my camera was unobtrusively cradled in my hand ย down behind my right leg but I immediately shouldered it and fired off a sustained ‘mad minute’ burst on full-automatic. His two companions are exhibiting mock outrage.

punks


Image

Gimme Money

money changer


Image

Nothing To Do, Nowhere to Go

homeless man


Image

Memorial Day

runners


Image

The Medium Is The Message

breaking news