Friday, April 16, 2010

Snapshot

Taking a picture may not actually stop time, but it definitely snags a moment of it. Push the shutter, and you make an imprint of something elusive. It's like being a kind of quantum wizard and forcing all those spinning quarks to pause.

When I take a picture, I get to slow down life's mad rush and notice things I might have missed. Like the bright afternoon sky. Or the girl's rainbow hair. Or the man's crinkly, unexpected smile.

20 comments:

Gunn said...

I agree with you.
I guess I noticed the eyecontact the man had with you and the camera, long before I saw the colored hair...
Anyway, street photography is interesting and REAL LIFE!
Enjoy your weekend!

altadenahiker said...

This photo is very interesting to me. Everyone in motion, oblivious to the fact they're being watched, except the one man in the middle, standing in front of the tree that's in the middle, with a path cutting the picture in two down the middle, looking at you with such a steady gaze.

Scott Feldmann said...

Seeking input . . . what would make the Farmers' Market better? The Chamber is in the #1 position to become the permanent operator, and it will be considered at City Council in May. We'll want to put our best foot forward there - any input?

dbdubya said...

I also went right to the man in black who's looking at you. Using your favorite question of asking what happens next in this scene, I picture the mysterious man in black walking over to our fearless photographer, and in a Sam Elliott baritone say, "Hey, little lady what are you takin my picture for? Hmmmmmmmmm. Would you like a cup of joe over at that Kaldi's joint."

Answer to Scott's question - For the Chamber to get the contract to run the market. You will do a great job.

Barbara said...

I've thought about photographing crowds so I could paint them (painting in crowds is pretty awkward), but I worried that someone would notice me. But that could work. It darned sure does here.

I think the Farmers Market could be made even more wonderful by allowing South Pasadena's well-behaved leashed dogs and one more hour in the summer.

Laurie said...

GOod morning, gang!

Thanks for contemplating my picture along with me. The Farmers Market is such a perfect place to bring a camera. I often forget about the produce I came for because I get caught up snapping pictures. I never forget the corn, though. Ohhhhh.... that corn.......

Scott, the Chamber will do such a great job running the market. How can we help you seal the deal?

TheChieftess said...

The generation gap has appeared for me!!! I just don't get the multicolored hair!!! Oh wait...that started in the '60s!!! Didn't get it then, don't get it now...

Anonymous said...

Great picture. You capture SoPas beautifully.

Judy Williams said...

Oh that guy is staring right at you. I enlarged it trying to see what his tee shirt says. That mustache is kind of out of date, but since mutton chop sideburns and the tie dye has returned, I figure 70's mustache's aren't far behind.

I then noticed the rainbow hair on the girl and lastly,and to the right, the girl with the ponytail and dark sunglasses. I have always said that a photo captures a split second in time, never to be duplicated again.

I can smell the corn from here!

Dixie Jane said...

Chieftess, I am a generation behind you. I have a bit of a problem with rainbow hair. Maybe I am cool in other areas. I hope so.

Laurie said...

Love the rainbow hair. Let your freak flag fly! :-)

Laurie said...

I love the guy's mustache, too. When it comes to personal expression through hair - I say whatever floats your boat. Just don't make me color my hair... I have NO patience sitting in salons.

Mike said...

I like the rainbow hair. Mine was a teal buzz cut in the 80s.

As for farmer's market suggestions, how about more live music?

Laurie said...

Mike, my husband's hair was neon blue in the early 90s!

I like the live music idea, too.

BrendaNoon said...

No matter how current my hairstyle is, when I look at pictures of myself years later look ridiculous. My sixties bouffant was not Jackie Kennedy, it was just a large aquanet bobble head. I should have had rainbow hair.

I really love your street photos, laurie. This is a wonderful captured moment.

TheChieftess said...

Ok...the bouffant aqua net bobble head is definitely right up there with the rainbow hair!!!

I'm helping put together my next high school reunion and have been looking at old pics to see who's who...yep...those hairstyles were pretty ridiculous!!!

Dixie Jane said...

I did the aqua net bobble head bouffant. It is a wonder any of us have any hair given all the teasing (a la rat's nest) you couldn't get a comb through. Wrap it in toilet paper at night and go days without washing. Ugh!

TheChieftess said...

Long straight fine hair...didn't do the aqua net bobble head bouffant very well...I did the long flip, with and without bangs, then the Vidal Sasoon, then the curly cue side curls with long hair...kind of the girl's equivalent of the Hasidic side tendrils...

Laurie said...

Aquanet Bobble Head would be a great name for a band!

Mister Earl said...

Yeah. I remember my sister used to scotch tape her side curls to her head. I remember the girls at camp using empty orange juice cans as hair curlers.

But if you guys want to waste your hormones on hair, that's up to you!