So I chose this image:
The Blue Swing
This little girl was at my niece's 4th birthday party. I think she looks amazingly beautiful-like model beautiful and I like that she's looking straight at me. I didn't ask her to, and I hope I didn't make her nervous. Seems like a family birthday party is a safe place, so I hope she felt that way. I took about 250 pics that day and I wasn't singling her out.
As I took photos that day I realized I'd learned something in Cuba-to be less shy about photographing people. It has been something that I've been inching toward little by little yet still not fully embracing. While in Cuba tho, it was my job to do that and therefore I found myself rather naturally, back in that mode minutes after arriving at the birthday party. An observer, a fly on the wall, gathering moments and people.
In Cuba I learned to say "give me a smile" and because of that collected some dead on, face front shots, along with the subtle candids that I prefer. It's nice to have a bit of both.
For the past few months, well even most of this year (can you believe it's August?) I've felt in a photographic slump-maybe not slump, maybe at a plateau. I've wanted to grow somehow, but I suppose those things can't be planned. Thrust into a "job", it happened unexpectedly-and in viewing this picture that suddenly dawned on me. Therefore, it is my photo-heart connection this month where perhaps the photo part is a little bigger than the heart part, and I'm really OK with that.
Thanks for looking and the read. See you in September-and that scares the hell out of me.