Shooting street photography in SF was a good experience for me. Life is not all about pretty sunsets in gorgeous landscapes. There are stories all around us waiting to be told with your lens. It’s really just a matter of being able to capture that moment.
Watching Egmont shoot helped me to understand how we might capture even the most mundane stories, and make them look more interesting. It didn’t matter if people were just buying produce from the market, chopping meat, or standing by a cart of pastries, there was a decisive moment when you could take a photo and tell a story. As the day wore on, I realized it was when the people were totally engrossed in what they were doing. Egmont literally got within 2 feet of a man’s face without him even realizing he was taking a photo of him, and what he was working on, until it was already done.
Now, about this photo. The rest of the group had gone home, so it was just the two of us left to explore the markets. At the back of one, there was a narrow hallway with an office and another room, both with large glass walls. I’m sure they would have preferred the glass wasn’t there, because they had a tarp over the stack of caged animals. I think there were 3 or 4 stacks, each with 3-4 cages on top of each other. There were rabbits, chickens, and other birds, all crammed into the cages. It looked dreadful and I got the feeling that I was looking at death row.
Before I even took the photo, I saw in my mind, an image of one of the birds sticking its head out and looking at me, as if pleading for help. I put my phone up to the glass to cut down on reflections, and composed my shot. Thats when the bird decided to stick its head out through the cage and give me that look. I didn’t bother taking more than one photo, because I knew that was the shot I was meant to get.
This was shot with the native camera app and edited with Snapseed and iColorama. I had iColorama on my phone before, but never really used it. Meri Walker raved about it during the photowalk, so I decided to download it again and give it a shot. It’s surprisingly loaded with features and filters. I’ll have to use it more often.