So, Mr. Johnston over on his TOP website, ran a little photo contest last saturday, of which I would have liked to of participated in. I am one who has never participated in a photo contest before, so perhaps by my ignorance because of that fact, and/or my literally taking “…a quick, impromptu picture-and-writing contest”, as well with that, that contests are to be completed specifically for said contest, I never participated, as I work saturdays, and knew I would not have the opportunity and time to look for and get any shots.
Well so then, this past couple days he has been putting up the semifinalists from the contest, and the first thing I quickly notice, and keep noticing, and keep noticing with practically every single picture – they were photos taken previously, like years, even decades ago! and not, like I again, naively assumed, this past saturday.
Well, hell! If I would have known that the assignment was not to go out and shoot for the contest, but just go through my archives and see if I have any photos that may be related to “people working”, I would have submitted! But, oh well… what can you do?
It got me to thinking though, what photos of mine I could have submitted… and for some reason, the first one that came to mind was this one (the contest required captions to accompany the images, so that is what will be found below the shots) -
This was taken on my first day of my Street Photography series I did in the Summer 0f 2004. It had rained off and on, as I wandered around downtown Fort Collins, CO, at a point when it had lightened up enough to venture out from under cover, out of the corner of my eye I noticed – feet. Was that just feet I saw? Sure enough, the proprietor of this hammock stand, took advantage of the Summer rain, and his wares, to show the wonderful benefit of that which he was selling!
Then I thought, that I wouldn’t submit that, as I commented on TOP, of a slight detractor to one of the photos that I liked, was mostly done because of the caption that described the lady as being a “sidewalk host”… with my thinking that the image should be able to convey and stand on it’s own of what it is representing and telling, which I wouldn’t have known without the aid of the caption. Same with that Hammock one of mine, without me mentioning that it was the proprietor himself in the hammock, it could just be a shot of a guy reading in a hammock.
The next image that came to mind was this -
A scene from a company’s employee picnic, of a clown / face painter and one of her customers, and her grandmother. To me, this is a photo of patience, as I sat there squatting, camera to eye for just the right moment… the grandmother, said to her granddaughter that I was waiting there to get her picture, and to look at me and smile. While I am just squatting there smiling politely and uttering some choice words in my head to the contrary of that being exactly what I was NOT wanting her to do! Then the clown thankfully said something to the girl, I can’t recall what, something clownish, garnering the girl’s reaction, the grandmother’s laugh – there was my shot – click.
Though, I would not have submitted that one either, as what makes the shot is not the one who is working but the girl and grandmother’s reaction… albeit, the clown was the one who created the reactions… But, even though this is one of my personal favorite photos, for the theme of this contest, I would have felt it technically didn’t fit.
Oh… and now that I think about it, it wouldn’t have been able to be submitted anyway, as previously published work could not be entered into the contest, and this photo graced the cover of the company’s in-house magazine… so, never mind.
That above photo was taken in 2005, the next photo I thought of, off the top of my head, was again from 2004 -
An image from my Street Photography series I did during the Summer of 2004. I would venture out to downtown Fort Collins, CO, with a roll of film, and not return home until I finished the roll… this was of a martial arts class that was going on inside a garage, I think… or just some building that had a very wide, garage like opening to it, so I just stopped, stood there, and grabbed this shot of the instructor instructing.
In the end though, I wouldn’t submit that one either, even though it is the closest one so far to being one that I would… I do like the photo, but, in the end, just don’t think that it is that strong of an image.
Those were the images, that curiously popped into my head of previous work of mine that I felt would be in tune to the contest’s theme of people working… with those three being all shot down equally as fast, I just began to think I wouldn’t have had any shots to submit anyway, even if I had known that the contest was open to previous shot work. But then, in one the batches of semifinalists TOP displayed, were some with cops, and that then made me think of this one -
Taken during the grand finale of my Street Photography series in the Summer of 2004 – going to the streets of all streets, and a Street Photographer’s dream – New York City, to cover the events coinciding with the Repugnantcan National Convention being held there. This is of a NYPD Officer prepping the barriers set up along side the route of the Untied For Peace And Justice anti-Iraq War march, just up the street from Madison Square Garden.
Now, that would be one I would have submitted… though, I guess I would have to grudgingly relent and change it to actually read Republican National Convention, so as to not offend ;-) (for the sake of disclosure, I am proudly unaffiliated with any political party… so, not just some democrat there bashing a republican)
And that naturally made me think of one of my other NYPD photos from that trip -
I would not have submitted that one though, even though it’s of NYPD policeman working, I just don’t agree with the work they are doing here… nor the working that, not more than a half hour later, involved also arresting me, along with 1500 innocent people, in their blanket, mass arrests of just anyone who just happened to be on the streets.
So, so far, only looked like the ‘Lines’ photo of mine of the first NYPD police officer being the only photo I really only had that may be of potential. Wracking my brain more, I then thought of this photo -
Taken during my Street Photography series done during the Summer of 2004 in Fort Collins, CO. This was a chalk artists festival kind of thing, where a good block of downtown became the canvas for multiple artists to chalk up their creations.
I don’t know if I would have ended up submitting that one either though… but made me think of this one taken the same day -
Taken during my Summer long Street Photography series I shot during 2004 in Fort Collins, CO. This was during a chalk artists festival kind of thing, who had a good block of downtown to use as their canvas for their creations. I recall this gentleman’s piece, here being taken a shot of from a spectator doing some literal street photography, as being the best of the lot, in my opinion.
I used to have that previous image posted on my website (not sure if it ever was on aAP here, but, one of my previous photo sites), but no longer do, while I still have the ‘In The Middle Of Her Creation’ one prior, on here… I may have to revisit this image, as I like it better than the prior, because of the additional element of the lady taking a shot in it with her disposable camera.
So, that one, and the ‘Lines’ photo of the NYPD Officer… could I have any other possible contenders that I could have submitted? The only other one I could think to use would be this -
This was taken during the Summer that it was announced that the NCAA Men’s College World Series would no longer be held at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE, but moved to a new stadium being constructed, in downtown Omaha. Here, a young man happily attempts to grab as much “money” from within this large Coke bottle, whilst the operator of this, one of the many little entertainment venues set up for attendees outside Rosenblatt, nonchalantly stands by.
That would be a contender too, of one I could have entered into the contest. It may be pushing it though, as the person working, is just able to be made out in the background of the subject of the ecstatic boy… but, at the same time, provides that counter ‘gesture’ (as Michael Reichmann likes to say) of his posture, to that of the boy’s.
Hm… So, ‘Lines’, ‘Literal Street Photography’, or the above ‘Coke Money’, looking like what I would boil down to being the top three contenders of mine to think of having submitted to Mr. Johnstons’s “impromptu” contest… which, if any, would I choose to be the only one image that could be entered? That’s a tough one… Funny, but it would probably be the one image, I don’t have posted on my site right now, and actually had to search to find! - ‘Literal Street Photography’, as, in my adhering as close to the “people working” theme of the contest, of the three, it bests shows someone working, with the extra little element of the lady taking a shot over his shoulder of his work. It would be a tough and close choice between it and ‘Coke Money’ above… but again, the person working, is an integral element of the image, but still complimentary, and secondary to the boy… so, most likely, I would have gone with ‘Literal Street Photography’.
Even though, that is an original edit done nine years ago, in my early days of digital editing (film image scanned in as a JPEG, and then edited), and it greatly needs a revisiting, and rescanned, and re-edited, so it most assuredly could be better than what’s posted above, given a second run through with it.
So, another reason, why this is all doesn’t matter and is pointless, as the contest is history, with nothing from me, I wouldn’t have even submitted that one, for the reason of it being an older, poorer edit of the image. And even if, it wouldn’t have mattered I don’t think anyway, as with the semifinalists he posted, I, myself, wouldn’t even have chosen mine as a winner, amongst the three I did choose as being top contenders in each of the three batches he presented. I think it would have been a possible strong contender to be one of the semifinalists (and that I would have been flattered and honored to of just made it that far), especially compared to some of the ones that did make it as semifinalists, that I don’t see as to why they were…
Again though, it is all moot… for, in the end, I sit right now, in the exact same position as I would be if I had submitted something – not a contender, so…
Anyway, back to working on aAP here, and making it a website I am not ashamed of having people come visit!