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'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:23 pm
by davechinn
This is a street shot taken in New Orleans 2016. He was with a group of 4 or 5 others on a street corner as most were.

When out on the streets I really don't give much thought to my subject other than there is some sort of attraction that lures me into their world temporarily. However, it's not until afterwards, I start post processing the images to my liking. Then I really get to examine the strangers I have captured. Not all have the same affect on me, but some do strike my curiosity as to, daily lives, then, now and future. What really is their life style. Are they still with us in this world? My curiosity and imagination runs wild at times and this image is just one that does just that. I wonder why? Is it because of his age, being young and possibly same age, or close to my own sons? Parents? Do they know where he is, living on the streets or doing well? All these thoughts rolling around, only to know I cannot help !!!

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:23 pm
by Charles Haacker
Wonderful, wrenching (!!) shot. I hear your empathetic pain and concern, Dave. It's why I applaud your courage to do street, and reiterates why I can never do it. I think photographers who have the grit and compassion to do it are to be admired and commended.

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:38 pm
by PietFrancke
his piercing hawk eyes
catches you as you catch him
a moment is heard

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:22 pm
by minniev
Wonderful street portrait, Dave, so intense and full of personality and impact. I think you were correct in not pursuing grunge treatment on this one, but instead letting his youth and vitality carry the image. Yes, the stories of these folk do matter. That is what always confuses me about critics who insist we are somehow taking advantage of people when we take these photos. We are not. We are recording their humanity, their value, their existence. I know from shooting with you that you interact with your subjects and get to know something about them when possible, as I do. They become a part of us while we document their stories. And their stories matter.

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:05 pm
by davechinn
Charles Haacker wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:23 pm
Wonderful, wrenching (!!) shot. I hear your empathetic pain and concern, Dave. It's why I applaud your courage to do street, and reiterates why I can never do it. I think photographers who have the grit and compassion to do it are to be admired and commended.


Thanks Chuck !!! I appreciate your comments, which is an encouragement. However, I do understand your thoughts and feelings. My courage to do street photography didn't come overnight, but the compassion, I do believe, have always there, hidden. I had to keep moving forward to find ways to tame all the anxiety that still exists today. I always have a constant fear that must be challenged for any success while on the streets. I have always thought and say street photography is therapeutic for me. It forces me out of my comfort zone.
Dave

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:41 pm
by davechinn
PietFrancke wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:38 pm
his piercing hawk eyes
catches you as you catch him
a moment is heard


Thanks Piet !!! I absolutely love it when eyes are focus of attention. They have a tendency to speak loudly. A moment is heard for sure.
Dave

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:29 pm
by davechinn
minniev wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Wonderful street portrait, Dave, so intense and full of personality and impact. I think you were correct in not pursuing grunge treatment on this one, but instead letting his youth and vitality carry the image. Yes, the stories of these folk do matter. That is what always confuses me about critics who insist we are somehow taking advantage of people when we take these photos. We are not. We are recording their humanity, their value, their existence. I know from shooting with you that you interact with your subjects and get to know something about them when possible, as I do. They become a part of us while we document their stories. And their stories matter.


Thanks Minnie !!! I agree, grunge wasn't the way to go with this guy. I have finally discovered when and when not to grunge, I think, but don't hold me to that comment. At one time, everything was grunge for me so maybe now I'm learning that not everything should be grunge for impact.

I think some of the critics have tunnel vision and don't understand their own thought process. I use to listen to them, but now have found ways to wiggle around the negative thoughts and just keep on keeping on by doing more street and observing others along the way.
Dave

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:22 pm
by Matt Quinn
davechinn wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:23 pm
This is a street shot taken in New Orleans 2016. He was with a group of 4 or 5 others on a street corner as most were.

When out on the streets I really don't give much thought to my subject other than there is some sort of attraction that lures me into their world temporarily. However, it's not until afterwards, I start post processing the images to my liking. Then I really get to examine the strangers I have captured. Not all have the same affect on me, but some do strike my curiosity as to, daily lives, then, now and future. What really is their life style. Are they still with us in this world? My curiosity and imagination runs wild at times and this image is just one that does just that. I wonder why? Is it because of his age, being young and possibly same age, or close to my own sons? Parents? Do they know where he is, living on the streets or doing well? All these thoughts rolling around, only to know I cannot help !!!
I have similar thoughts, Dave, when on the street. Here, some clues lead me in a direction: eyes are very intense and clear, suggesting intelligence and purpose, almost defiance (dropped out of school, not challenged, not understood); nails are gnawed, suggesting worry; hair is greasy, suggesting lack of a regular shower; beard is neat and even, suggesting vanity. He's playing a role in search of a role, hiding in plain sight because he wants to be seen but not found. Heartbreaking. Memorable photo, Dave. Matt

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:43 pm
by uuglypher
Dave, That’s a gripping image!
He’s focused on your lens but his mind is thousands of yards beyond, thinking three chords and right hand thumb/finger riffs ahead.
Every one of your thoughts and concerns are so valid!
My first thoughts are do his parents know where and how he is...and does he know how they are...

An amazing image...street or whatever....

I’m in awe!

Dave

Re: 'Destination Unknown'

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:28 pm
by davechinn
Matt Quinn wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:22 pm
davechinn wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:23 pm
This is a street shot taken in New Orleans 2016. He was with a group of 4 or 5 others on a street corner as most were.

When out on the streets I really don't give much thought to my subject other than there is some sort of attraction that lures me into their world temporarily. However, it's not until afterwards, I start post processing the images to my liking. Then I really get to examine the strangers I have captured. Not all have the same affect on me, but some do strike my curiosity as to, daily lives, then, now and future. What really is their life style. Are they still with us in this world? My curiosity and imagination runs wild at times and this image is just one that does just that. I wonder why? Is it because of his age, being young and possibly same age, or close to my own sons? Parents? Do they know where he is, living on the streets or doing well? All these thoughts rolling around, only to know I cannot help !!!
I have similar thoughts, Dave, when on the street. Here, some clues lead me in a direction: eyes are very intense and clear, suggesting intelligence and purpose, almost defiance (dropped out of school, not challenged, not understood); nails are gnawed, suggesting worry; hair is greasy, suggesting lack of a regular shower; beard is neat and even, suggesting vanity. He's playing a role in search of a role, hiding in plain sight because he wants to be seen but not found. Heartbreaking. Memorable photo, Dave. Matt


Matt, I concur with your thoughts, but also know and have seen this type of scenario many times. This one in particular, seems to speak rather loudly to me. Hopefully, in time I will be able to solve that mystery, because I'm sure a similar circumstance will occur.
Dave