street photography

Photo of the Week: No Exit

Trapped in a metal box, thoughts circle my mind -
bouncing and echoing against the inside of my skull.
There was nothing we could do.
She couldn't be saved.
It's not my fault.
But I can't help feeling responsible.

The loop starts again.

There was nothing we could do.
She couldn't be saved.
It's not my fault.
But I can't help feeling responsible.

There is no escape.
There is not exit.

Over the past few weeks I've made an effort to carry my camera with me and shoot photos to accompany my Subway Writings . The silent shooting mode on the A7S paired with a telephoto macro lens allows me to capture moments in a stealthy manner without disrupting the moment. The sharpness of the Canon 100mm Macro L lens also helps me compensate for the clarity loss that can be caused by shooting through dirty or foggy glass.

Why Do I love This Photo?

The expression of deep thought on the mans' face coupled with the No Exit signs add an extra inner turmoil to the moment. While shooting street photography, conceptualizing the shot can take a backseat to pure documentation; however, I took my time with this moment. The frame immediately struck me and I knew where all the heavy visuals needed to exist in frame to capture the feeling of a heavy burden. I loved this photo before the shutter was ever activated.

Walking Manhattan: Midtown with the Canon 100 macro

I love walking the streets of New York City. It is one of the easiest ways to escape my inner monologue and tap into the amazing happenings that transpire in Manhattan everyday. During my walks, I always attempt to limit myself and work within the confines of a single focal length or shooting style. For this particular walk through midtown, I brought my Canon T3i and my Canon 100mm macro lens. Most street photographers prefer a wider lens with a field of view closer to the human eye (35mm or 50mm), but I'm learning that a longer focal length suits my shooting style best. It allows me to keep distance from subjects, resulting in more natural expressions.

The 100mm L is also one of the few lenses that allows me capture stunningly sharp portraits while also having the ability to display all the wonderfully gritty Manhattan textures that can only truly be appreciated up close. The photos below were the remnants of a few subway advertisements. 

The earth tones and lovely contrast screamed for attention. I stood for a moment appreciating this overlooked beauty, then honed in on the attributes that drew my eye. Other occupied commuters looked on with confusion as I admired the work of father time. We're surrounded by remarkable sights every day, but often too busy to slow down and soak them in.