Yesterday I was strangely calm. I slowed down. I took my time and I didn’t feel under any pressure to produce something. I think now this is pointless when doing street photography. If something is going to happen you have a better chance of seeing it when you are calm and actually paying attention to what is going on.
Another change is that I began to form a different perspective on Knock. There is the whole kitsch & tacky side to the place with the ice cream and the funerary goods on sale side by side but at the same time there are a lot of people who are there to remember someone special who is lost or another thing I see are different generations of the one family praying or doing the stations of the cross together. When you look a little closer you can see that one of the party is probably ill. So for a lot of people there this is perhaps a place of hope. Who am I to judge?
On my drive there yesterday I was pondering the seeming futility of trying to deliberately shoot in a snapshot aesthetic. I mean it’s supposed to be spontaneous which means un-meditated. To be doing that deliberately seems to me to be a bit of a dilemma. I suppose it is trying to be more free with the camera so that is what I did. I like this shot. It is the most snapshot like of the day I think.
Here is a juxtaposition of the ice cream and the religious goods on sale. I was deliberately trying to blur the statuette in the foreground. A tighter crop might help here.Same again blurring the cross in the foreground.