Take a bus. Do weekly shopping. Pop into a public looJurgensen's work was not familiar to me before this challenge, but I like it. Infact, I really like it - it appeals to my sense of humour. His approach seems to have a slightly more delicate feel than the 'in your face' approach of some of the New York based street photographers. The humour is dry and he seems to take a more 'observing' rather than 'interrogative' role. It is less about 'who' he is photographing and more about the 'irony' of the situation in which his subjects find themselves. This appeals to me and I can, actually see myself 'enjoying' approaching street photography in this way.
I have been 'hanging' around bus terminals, shopping precincts and supermarkets as well a little loitering around the odd 'loo'. And in the process I have learnt that within the moment you press the shutter button, the photographer's eye is sometimes unable to digest the whole picture and that after the event there may be more to it.
I have uploaded a couple of shots below that I felt fit the brief:
Asda has just opened and people have been flocking there as if a new Harvey Nics or Selfridges has opened - it was heaving. I was drawn to taking the above picture initially because I saw the two rather than one over-filled trollies, mum and daughter looking so alike whilst man in car had to wait patiently. Then when I get home, I look closely and I see she has the keys in her mouth - fab - that made the shot for me. This is the one I submitted.
This shot above was my second choice. As a thumbnail it lacks impact I think. However, I like the 'juxtaposition' of this shot. The older folk are relaxed, chatting and interacting as adults, friends or merely as fellow bus travellers do. The younger lady stands alone, communicating on her mobile in her own cyber world. I also like the surveillance camera sign above that is pointing at the queue of people. Somehow, this picture sums up my fear of technology today - and I'm equally guilty of living in the cyber rather than real world!!