Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story (2)

The Challenge: Tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image. A forlorn-looking man in ill-kept clothing sits on a cement stoop, while across the street, a young woman holds a sign asking for help.Hard-knock lives

When I took this photo, I didn’t realize I had also captured the woman across the street. She was holding a sign that said “Husband beats me. Need help for kids.”

See Split-Second Story (1), (3)(4), and (5)

34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story (2)

  1. Don’t you just love when you surprise yourself and find a cool element in one of your own images that you didn’t expect? I try not to ever let on though 😉

    Regardless, this is a perfectly framed image with the two people in it. The guy in the foreground really gives you the feeling of what it must be like.

    I finally have internet access now, so I’m able to catch up on my blogging… thank goodness!

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  2. I like that the lady is in the background. It really adds to the picture. Gives it balance. Otherwise, it would still be a good picture, but this makes it much more interesting.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Su. It definitely was. I don’t know how professional photojournalists day-in and day-out document the gripping scenes that they do.

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  3. We all walk by images like this every day – and in the most part we seem to quicken our step so the image is blurred, gone and forgotten. Great capture; sad, real and thought provoking.

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  4. I too am ALWAYS amazed at the “CREATIONS” that show up in my pictures! I complain about the glare on the big screen (especially during mid day) on the camera and then look through the view finder and just “click.” When I get home and look at the picture I realize there is more to the picture than I thought and I love it! I plan to just keep clicking away. How much of life do we also miss?

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    • Hi, CadyLuck! I like to think that as photographers, we see more 🙂 My eye, as I’m sure yours, never seems to rest – I’m always looking for something interesting to shoot. But, as with this shot, I was so focused on what was right in front of my lens that I missed “seeing” the background. Part of that was the haste with which I shot the photo – I have to admit I felt somewhat voyeuristic while taking it, so it was a quick up and down with my lens. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      • I get so nervous when I attempt to photograph people on the street. Do I talk to them? Act like I’m taking a picture of something else? I don’t want them to be offended. Most of the time I think they have very interesting faces! Is there a protocol for taking street pictures?? I should look that up. While in NOLA this past week there was a gent at the bakery every time I was, so I took his picture and he knew I did. I thought he had the most wonderful face! I posted it on my Exposure page. LOVED IT!

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