Street Photography: Seventh Avenue

I often photograph people. It means scanning the streets before me, sweeping my gaze from side to side, and looking ahead as far down the block as possible to anticipate who may be approaching me.

There’s also a lot to see above everyone’s heads. It might be a potential “portrait” of a skyscraper or a group shot of buildings. One could also zero in on architectural details or patterns. The presence of people is not a required element for an image to come within the genre of street photography.

In my case here it was a combination of signs that caught my eye. A traditional metal “One Way” sign pointing to a modern day electronic billboard. These signs bookend a “Walk/Don’t Walk” sign, which represents a sort of middle technology in the chronology of messaging. And its upheld palm reinforces the plea to help end the laughter of horses.

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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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