Sunday, October 19, 2008

Photo Assignment: Week Three

Our class assignment was to take pictures of "light." Years of running in Central Park taught me that the most beautifully lit place in all of New York City is the Reservoir in Central Park--especially at sunrise or sunset. Last Sunday, I took my camera there.

Pictures of Central Park is kind of a cliche, but I kind of don't care. It was fun to take these pictures and I like how they came out. A few weeks ago, Dan and I went to see Patti Lupone in Gypsy on Broadway. I remembered that I was bummed that I didn't bring my camera along because as we were waiting in line outside the theater, the light was so pretty on everyone's faces. After the park, I headed down there knowing that most shows start at 7 pm on Sundays.

Taking pictures in the Theater District/Times Square is kind of fun because you can take pictures at anything, of anyone, and no one will say anything. They just think you are a tourist. But it also can be incredibly hard because there are so many people that inevitably someone stands in front of your perfect shot and the constant movement of your subjects call for quick reflexes.

My teacher said that my pictures were good, but it was like I was a split second away from getting "the shot." None of these captured the moment perfectly.

For me, these are the ones that come the closest (although I must agree, not exactly on spot):

The show is about to begin but there are still people outside the theater, hanging around, waiting for their companions. I really like the lighting in this picture, and it has this kind of dark mood of anticipation and anxiousness that comes from people waiting all alone. In a weird way, I feel a sense of sadness when I see this picture (even though I did not feel that way when I took it).

I like the girl in the lace dress looking at the portrait of the glamorous actress also in lace, almost like she's aspiring to be like her. I probably should have stepped back more as I took this shot to get the whole poster in.


Willytheprince said...

nice work. I like the central park pics.

Matt Apice said...

My favorite one is the 6th one down. If your assignment was to notice light than in my opinion this is the best one because your first impression is of all the people under an intriguing pattern of man-made incandescent light. But as you study the picture closer there's a sliver of far more beautiful natural light in the background.

I also like the metaphor of the orderly side of the street in line doing what they're told, while the riff raff on the other side is heading towards the fading sun.