Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.
Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.
The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. ~ Epicurus ~
This week I decided to share black and white photos to see if they captured the feeling from the moment the photo was taken. My main subject matter being my grandson, daughter, and son-in-law plus one random window scene of an unsuspecting subject sitting in a crowded restaurant.
Even in the midst of a crowd, many people still seem to be alone whether in their own thoughts, due to avoidance by those around them, or their deeply involved with one or two people they are interacting with and don’t seem to notice the crowd.
While sitting in a crowded restaurant I noticed two women deep in conversation unaware of those sitting at the table next to them or the presence of the waitress. When I walked outside I noticed one of the women in the window and snapped a photo.
As you wander around you will notice a face or two in the crowd who seems to be alone in thought oblivious to those around them. They may walk into the gate, the trash can, or another person. That other person may even be you.
I love observing a parent walking with their child, especially when they are caught up in the moment enjoying the moment. Those are very precious times to observe. Even more precious when it is yourself witnessing the bond between your own child and grandchild.
Do you enjoy being in crowded spaces? Do you notice who is around you? Do you feel joyful witnessing others having fun? Or, do you avoid crowds?
I prefer to be in the woods or at least in nature where the crowd I encounter is a variety of trees. My second favorite place – a book store, preferably a second-hand book store where the shelves are crowded with books.
I love people but crowds can be exhausting. Everyone moving at a different pace, high energy, low energy, negative and positive rolling like the waves of the ocean pulling and pushing. With tinnitus, crowds can be overwhelming and the noise can remain banging around in my head for hours after I return home to a quiet house. Outdoors is easier than inside because the noise has more freedom to be absorbed by trees or dissolve into the air. Inside, the noise bounces from wall to wall, ceiling to floor like a volley ball or tennis match in a never-ending cycle. When outside, I love to sit and observe people especially when they are laughing and enjoying their time together. It raises my vibration seeing others in such spirits.
Don’t worry, if I see you chances are you will not be in one of my photos. I prefer nature photos to people because people want to look at their photo and have you delete them until they approve. The only time you would be in my photo is if you happened to be standing near one of my children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or friends children. I love candids of children playing and enjoying life or adults caught in a moment of joy and play. If I see you dancing or playing in a park, well then you may be in one of my photos.
Love and Light!
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