May 13, 2007

Self-Portrait Challenge- Street: Rain

Let me start by admitting that I realize I am not doing this month’s challenge correctly. I feel that Street photography should capture a certain sense of life found on urban streets. The images should be spontaneous, raw, and a bit on the wild side. I am not quite sure how these unplanned images can be melded with the idea of a self-portrait. I think it is hard to capture spontaneous images while being in the images yourself. Having said that, I know that I am being lazy and a bit shy. I could probably go downtown and just throw myself into the crowd and snap a few shots. Perhaps I will do that next week.

In the meantime, this week I have stayed in the burbs where I live yet again. Actually, I was even lazier than that; I stayed in my front yard this time. I was going to walk down to a fruit stand down the street from my house, but then it started to rain, so I thought I would capture the intensity of the tropical rain instead. How is this Street photography you may ask? Well you can see my street behind me. Right? You can actually see my pimped out ride as well.

Picking up where I left off last week, I just wanted this image to inspire fun. I am very happy with how it turned out. I think the image speaks for itself, but as I was talking the shot, I was reminded of a passage from Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins that has always stuck out in my mind.

I am paraphrasing here, but he says something like this:
There are two types of people- those who walk timidly in the rain worried about getting wet. They scrunch up their shoulders and scream and whine and run. But then there is the other type of person who simply walks in the rain as if nothing is happening. This type of person better understands his place in the universe.
I try and always remember that when I am in the rain. I have chosen two images to illustrate my point. See you on the street next week. Hopefully.


Here is my portrait for this week:

17 comments:

  1. this is cool, j! as you can imagine, ireland isn't big on tropical rain, but the cold stuff sure can pelt down in winter. when i was younger I used to love doing what you're doing here... just soaking it up and living in the wet rainy moment. i haven't done this for so long but now I so intend to do it again as soon as i have half a chance. thank you for the reminder! have a great week.
    Vx

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  2. I love that second photo. It's fantastic. Growing up in the Northwest, I relish the rain and clouds. I love the smell of a good rainstorm.

    Another great photo - you are the master of self-portrait!

    LC

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  3. The second photo is fantastic! Here in the Pacific Northwest we get a lot of rain, but I sort of miss the full-on pelting rain that we used to get in the desert. Tom Robbins is a Seattle-ite; I suspect he was referring to Pacific drizzle in that passage, and that that even he would not be so fully comfortable with his place in the universe as you are in the middle of a tropical downpour.

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  4. That second photo is brilliant, full of joy and life. Living somewhere drought stricken, I miss rain, particularly summer rain.

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  5. kristen8:37 PM

    the second photo is fantastic - i can imagine how wonderful that drenching must have been.

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  6. you look so dissappointed in the first and the next is glorious!

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  7. That second shot is wonderfully iconic. Great work. It reminds me of a climactic scene from Shawshank Redemption.

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  8. I'm in love with this second shot!!

    Amelia

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  9. Second shot rocks. I love it - says what I feel when walking the dog in the rain. So much fun. I get a lot of weird looks here in the Philippines though as they believe getting your head wet means you will get sick. They are missing out :-)

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  10. Australia is in the grip of the worst drought in a hundred years. I wish I could walk in the rain. It would be a joy!

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  11. I love that second photo! That's a statement on life, captured in a moment.

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  12. Love the second shot as well!!!Well Done....

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  13. isn't a self portrait about where you live? that's you.

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  14. love love love these SPs...especially the bottom one! great capture!!! evocative and inspiring...

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  15. I love the second one. And i am a fan of Tom Robbins :)

    That rain looks soooo refreshing.

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  16. I love that the lighting changes with the attitude!

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