Street Photography: Pinstripes

Here we have one of the youngest Yankees fan as he crosses 34th Street clutching his bottle. If you zoom in and look close enough, you’ll see that an older Yankees fan is pushing the stroller.

In my workshops, I talk about negative space. Having done a class just last week, the concept is fresh in my mind. What was probably in my subconscious when I created this image is now more conspicuous. So now I’m seeing things in this photograph that did not occur to me when I first created it.

At first, it was about presenting an unusual view of the crosswalk’s horizontal lines by framing them within a tight crop. It also occurred to me that these lines relate to the pinstripes of the little boy’s Yankees shirt. The white lines of the crosswalk and the black lines of the shirt are perpendicular to each other.

Then, thinking about negative space, I saw the road in a different way. It was no longer white stripes on top of the black pavement of the road. Instead, I was seeing black stripes on top of a white background. It’s as if the stroller is being pushed across a Goliath-sized Yankees shirt.

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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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