And not only on the street either. Street photography, after all, is about recording those little moments in the lives of people as they go about their daily and ordinary business on the street or in other public spaces. Anyway, to this week's Pick.
We were travelling between the small outback city of Kalgoorlie and Perth the capital of Western Australia. Boy oh boy they have such a good train! big windows, very comfy seats with tons of leg room and a personal entertainment system. Just like on a big airliner. Sorry. Got carried away there for a second. As I was saying we were on the train between Kalgoorlie and Perth and my camera was resting snugly in its bag.
But, it is a fact of life that a street photographer (well at least this one) is never really off duty and sure enough, the camera soon left its bag to record some of the moments and the people I encountered along the way. Like this couple for example. Waiting at the station gates for friends or family to leave the train.
I think it's a friendly and relaxed photograph of a two people just waiting. Ordinary? Well, yes, it is an ordinary thing to be doing: waiting at the station. But, there is something about this photograph that is quite special. The eye contact between the man behind his dark glasses and me; or his great mustache and hat, the way the people have placed themselves within their environment. Who can say? There are so many factors.
I think, however, that it is mostly to do with the vibe, with the connection between photographer and photographed. It's about being in the flow of the moment and in contact with one's intuition. And then, acting on the intuition and pressing the shutter button at that right moment.
And, as I like to say, there are no ordinary moments.