A 'REAL' assignment
I really enjoyed the dreamstime assignment this month , titled 'real people'. I think unplanned, spur of the moment images are often the best, most magical part of photography. The power of observation is indeed, a super power we all have. But being able to capture that moment in real time is very much an art.
Recently, photos by an unknown artist have started to gather critical acclaim. Vivian Maier's work was discovered at auction in the USA, and her street photography that documented people in the USA and France (and all over actually) mostly in the 1960s and 70s is quite wonderful to see. An unknown photographer, she was a nanny for many families spanning 40 years. This woman literary took thousands of photos that until this day were never even seen. She died, an unknown artist, leaving wonderful images of real people in real time.
Over 150,000 photos and rolls of film, Hidden in a storage unit that came up for auction, were discovered by A Chicago collector, John Maloof, who acquired some of Maier's photos in 2007. Two other Chicago-based collectors, Ron Slattery and Randy Prow, also found some of Maier's prints and negatives in her boxes and suitcases around the same time .
I love to catch those magic moments of real people unawares, and although I am not any where near as prolific as Vivian Maier, I was still pleased to see 5 of my images accepted into this months assignment. I hope you love them as much as I do, and I win your votes!
More than anything, remember that there are many different kinds of photography. studio images, fine art images, street images, digital manipulations.. but all of them are art, and all of them require a vision from you to even become. So have your cameras ready! Check out my images and all the other wonderful images in this months Dreamstime assignment contest, and also look up the work of photographer Vivian Maier. You will be glad you did.
Photo credits: Susan Sheldon.
Camera equipment: New and Old