This week’s Thematic Photographic, the brainchild of Carmi over at Written, Inc., is “Strangers.” As a hobbyist whose primary subject was landscapes before moving to north Texas, I have had a bit of trouble shifting into a more urban-minded mode. Part of that is street scene photography, and inevitably a stranger will be in the shot. This week’s theme is about that — taking pictures of strangers, and just what that means to them and to the one behind the shutter.
I got over the shyness of it all while I worked as a photojournalist years ago, and now I do have a bit of trouble remembering that it isn’t my job anymore to document what other people do.
I took this picture while on a work trip in Memphis, Tennessee, in summer 2008. I was wandering Beale Street alone and saw these two young ladies posing for a camera. They looked over at me only briefly and didn’t say anything or show disapproval, so I kept the shot. That isn’t exactly a release form, but I wasn’t exactly planning to use it as a teaser photo on the news page that comes up when you sign out of Yahoo! Mail (maybe that joke is too specific).