Street Photography: Perspective

© 2019

Sometimes things don’t appear as they are. These two musicians were part of a band of Brooklyn hipsters playing ditties from the 1920s. They played very well and I took several photographs of them in action.

Now as a musician myself, I can attest that we tend to like loud volumes. The guitar player in one of my bands would actually get on his hands and knees, stick his head in the bass drum, and ask the drummer to slam the kick pedal as hard as possible. Why either of them would do that is still being pondered by philosophers.

He would also constantly ask me to crank the volume up on the amps. I would oblige by pretending to turn the knob until he voiced his satisfaction that his guitar was now sufficiently loud — this despite our rehearsing in a space about the size of a large bathroom. Ah, the good old days.

This photograph did some pretending of it’s own. When I looked at it for the first time in the studio, I noticed the illusion a two dimensional image can suggest that is not apparent when experiencing the reality in three dimensions.

At first glance, it seemed that my guitar player pulled a Dorian Gray and returned to stick the side of his head up against that trumpet. Fortunately, the man in black will not likely be destined to a life of repeatedly asking the question, “what”? He was, in fact, a safe distance from the bell of that horn.

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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing).

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