Over the first ten days of March I’ve taken 272 photos from which I’ve chosen my photos of the day. Some days I get the shot in under 20 frames and sometimes it takes 70 or 80.
But almost every day, I know the shot I’ll use as soon as I take it. Even if I continue taking photos and long before examining them on the computer. I’ll see a shot and take it and miraculously it turns out just as I envisioned it. You would think this would happen all the time; you see something cool and photograph it and there it is. Not so. Whether it is the light or the angle or a trick of the brain, what we see is not always what shows up in the photo.
Today I took 72 photos and I knew this one was the one as soon as I released the shutter. Maya and I were walking along photographing buildings when I glanced over at a street vendor’s table. Street vendors are not unique, but this one caught my eye and I stopped. Those beat up styrofoam heads, the packing tape that anchored them to the shelf and the hats they displayed; there was something so defiant about them.
It was the quickest, best shot of the day. Love it when that happens.