My last blog post was two years ago. Since then, I have been finishing my photography degree and building my street photography portfolio. While working on my degree, I began to gravitate towards shooting people and I found the streets to be a constant source of inspiration. My new blog posts will begin to show that focus.
I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but for 2017 I have decided I want to be more fearless. I want to do this in many areas of my life, but especially with my photography. To that end, when I walked in to TJs Roadhouse in Colfax and saw this lovely woman sitting in the corner with this sign on the table, I wanted to find out more about her. I recently read in a street photography guide that it's ok to ask a subject if you can take her picture. Not all photos have to be without the participant knowing. So on my way back from the restroom, I asked about her sign and if she would mind if I took her photo. "The Princess" eats at TJs Roadhouse almost everyday. She calls ahead and tells them when she is coming. TJs had the sign made so they could reserve her special table with ease and humor. It is this very human story, a retired person eating in the same diner every day and that diner embracing her as family, that gives me hope. I love this story.
So, it can be a lovely gift to stop and talk to a person and they may just let you take their photo, no need for surreptitiousness.