Taken by pictures…

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 We do not take pictures — we are taken by pictures.

Ernest Haas

scene in the snow




…the strong desire to take pictures – is important. It borders on a need, based on a habit: the habit of seeing. Whether working or not, photographers are looking, seeing, and thinking about what they see, a habit that is both a pleasure and a problem, for we seldom capture in a single photograph the full expression of what we see and feel. It is the hope that we might express ourselves fully – and the evidence that other photographers have done so – that keep us taking pictures.
Sam Abell



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The New York Series, Part 6….


Kids coming home from school with Mom…

I find street photography to be one of the most challenging types of photography to do well, but since people are endlessly fascinating to observe and wonder about, I can’t help wanting to try it when I travel.

Framing and composing the image and pressing the shutter at just the right time to tell an interesting story is not easy. Especially when the subjects are moving — since they often have no idea they are being photographed. So many times I miss the most interesting action or cut somebody’s head off or something…

And then there’s the question, black and white or colour? Fortunately, that decision doesn’t have to be made until afterward, in post-processing. I read a helpful interview with New York photographer James Maher, which helped me decide which of my images I would convert to black and white and which ones I would leave in colour.

These are just a few of my favorite candid images of people doing what they do in New York City….

“How the heck are we going to get there from here?”

Grand Central Terminal

“As long as I have my cell phone, I’ll be fine…” at Grand Central Terminal

Putting up the tree lights near Rockefeller Plaza

“Some weird lady is taking a picture of me…”

Planting ornamental cabbages on the street for winter colour…