As I have mentioned before, I've been trying to balance my work out more and shoot more street photography and subjects that interest me other than concerts. It's not that I'm bored with concerts, but working in that space can be a real morale killer, and it's nice to just operate on your own will and creativity, and not be at the mercy of a gatekeeper entity granting/denying you access.
I'm really happy with this photo. I've passed by this location and tried to take a decent picture on multiple occasions. This was the first time that I feel like I succeeded in doing so. When I came across the scene, it was much simpler: The man on the left had assumed just about the same stance as the man in blue on the right. It was going to be two halves of the same posture, in different clothes. Of course, my camera was in my bag at the time, so that shot wasn't going to happen. As I set my bag down and got ready, I only hoped that there would be a moment waiting for me. Just as I went to take the picture, the man on the left finished his smoke break and made a move. Every shot I took after this one just wasn't as good as this one, and I like this even better than the one I had in my head when I first stopped.
I've always had this respect for artists who could manage to find order in busy scenes. When it's just one single element, there aren't nearly as many potential distractions. Anyway, I feel good about this one.
I also have some news. The people at Acuity Press teamed up with PDN magazine to have a street photography contest. I'm happy to announce that I'm one of the 20 photographers that has been chosen to be featured in the book.
I've always felt like my street work never got much recognition, so it feels nice to have some recognition for it.