Waiting for “it.”

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Those three young kids ruined the photo I was taking but gave me one so much better.

This photograph, taken last summer at the local firemen’s carnival, is part of my Smalltown: Carnival series. Originally I had framed a shot that included only the older boys. But since I keep both eyes open when I’m looking through the viewfinder (which admittedly sort of freaks out my portrait clients,) I saw those carefree youngin’s about to hoof through my shot. I wasn’t certain, but I had the feeling there was something worth waiting for. Wait, I demanded and held my breath.  Shutter finger twitching. Wait, I insisted repeatedly, squirming under all that out-of-character patience. “Now!” And I pressed the shutter.

Those kids became the “it” in this photo. They’re not the subject per se, but become part of it as they introduce a whole new visual and conceptual layer and shift the tension and contrast. They might be what Jay Maisel refers to as the gesture in a photograph.

I left the carnival a few moments after taking this shot, and I left happy. It stands as a personal favorite.

By | 2011-04-21T08:25:53+00:00 January 23rd, 2011|Carnival, Daily Image, Personal Projects, Smalltown, Smalltown USA|2 Comments


  1. arthur January 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    i hope you make this available as a print. i truly love it.

  2. Mari March 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    These are all beautiful but that last shot is just freakin awesome!

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