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The Waiting Game

My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.
— Robert Frank

That’s exactly how I feel about this image. We don’t know what he’s waiting for, is it a bus, is it a woman, is it whomever. The fact of the matter its up to us to formulate the meaning of this photograph. I don’t even know myself but its part of what makes this kind of compositions intriguing and with a certain air of mystery. Notice he’s right hand as he clenches his mobile phone as if he just finished hanging up and is eminently waiting to be picked up, he almost seems like his in a state of doubt, still not sure if he/she is coming from that direction.

Olympus EPL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7

Downtown Miami, Olympus EPL1 & Panasonic 20mm 1.7, processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro

Anyway, I’m getting back to the basics with this shot. To be honest, I’ve been out of street photography for a few months and I fell like a newbie, like if I had never done this before, a bit weary of what position to take, in fact, I even doubted the shot came out as it did. That just goes to show what some months of being out of the loop does to you. Its like if my body knew what to do but my mind was playing tricks on me. I mean, I’ve done this thousands of times, and usually I never have problems but this time it was different. Back to the basics.


    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Rudolf, yes was quite a character, should’ve seen his face.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks for chiming in Barry, I appreciate your compliments. 🙂

  1. António Marques says

    This shot is excellent. You came back to the streets in great shape!

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Antonio, little by little, I’m still getting a feel for the new gear but hopefully in time, it will sort itself out.

  2. [] Thanks, I felt like my battery was jumpstarted and I’m slowly getting into the groove of things.

  3. I’m glad your finding your way back to the streets. It’s not hard to restart or rethink your position. The hard part is stopping in the first place. Then to not go to the street may be even harder. I’m glad your finding you way back to the streets.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks, I felt like my battery was jumpstarted and I’m slowly getting into the groove of things.

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