Project Athena - Day 352 (Street Photography)

Diversity Makes the World Go Round

Yesterday's shoot was fruitful in many ways and I wanted to share another photo from the rally because I learned so much about myself, my camera, and people.

I've always considered myself shy and introverted but what I discovered yesterday is that I am actually not that shy. When I am by myself, yet out in the world with other people, I am very willing to interact and engage with them. I am keenly listening to my intuition as it guides me to the locations and interactions I am supposed to have. For the most part, I find people fascinating and am willing to open my heart with a total stranger. I think the reason I have been labeled as shy is because when I am with my friends, family or beloveds, my focus is on them, not the outside world. Huh.

I learned that my camera is ideal for Street Photography because it is super quiet, small, and unobtrusive. I also learned that a prime lens might be a better option for this genre so I don't rely on shooting from a distance and zooming in. There is something about being street level and getting close that make the images more compelling.

People are just people. Yesterday, I observed everything from big, burly, bearded men cuddling their babies to leather clad biker chicks taking selfies with their best friends. We all want connection. We all want to feel safe and secure in the world we live in. We all want to know love and affection. No matter what image we play in this life, we are all one humanity.

Realities Ride, Downtown Fort Collins, 2015
Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 122.60mm • F/8 • 1/200s • ISO 400