“Benediction”, or, “Yeah, But Is It Street?”
I shot this the summer I got my first Nikon DSLR (D80..my faithful backup workhorse). I was a noob and had posted it in an online photographers’ community under the category of “Street”. In this online photography community we were to encourage each other in our works and sometimes offer critiques, so, this other photographer posted how I could make the photo better by opening up and actually facing the building so that I could get a better shot of the building.
I kindly explained I was going for “Street” and thanked them.
They wrote back that didn’t I think the photo would be ever so much better if I was actually facing the building, got the entire building in the shot so that I could show the angels full on.
I wrote back, Yeah, but then it would be an architectural photo and I would have to place it in the Architecture category and since I was going for Street and got Street I was placing it in the Street category.
The other photographer then lost his mind, but in a nice, polite Canadian way; he went to get the site moderator. It seems I was not accepting my criticism like a good trooper. Everyone was reallllly polite. I took the photo down. I wanted to shoot Street and they, the both of them, thought that meant I should stand in the street and shoot from that vantage point. Lo, these many years later I’m still mystified. I dunno.
It’s not ‘gritty’ street but I do like me some whimsy. When I shot this I truly thought the big teen kids on bikes intended to do me some harm but they just buzzed on by me to receive their ‘Benediction’. It reveals the photographer I was going to be.
Yeah, but is it street?