Connected




These are the images I have chosen to be framed, and exhibited for the “Move Me” project. I find them engaging, because the people are engaging with each other. There is a connection between them and the legs show this. Besides showing the interaction between these people I also like the fashion element, especially the orange shoes in the bottom image. The middle image has an attractive detail, the black cross in front of the white skirt.

During the project I became more daring when I saw an opportunity. As much as I like candid shots, I also enjoy the interaction with people, and for these front-on images I had to get close. There was no way they would not see me, even though I tried! The girls in the middle image were deep in a conversation when I spotted them from the other side of busy Queen Street. The traffic had just stopped when I saw them, and I ran onto the street and took this image. Then I walked on and continued photographing other legs.

Half an hour later, a girl came up to me and asked me why I had taken a photo of her. I did not recognise her, but I explained what I was doing, and showed her the images I had taken so far. She asked me to go back to her image, so I kept pressing the button wondering, until she said: “there it is!” She was the girl from the bus stop on Queen Street, where I stood in the middle of the road to take the picture. It was a miracle that she found me, because quite some time had passed. She was happy to see I had taken a photograph of her and her friend’s legs. There is more to this story, but for privacy reasons it will not be published here.

The people in the photographs were fine with me photographing their legs. Little did they know that they were going to be framed!

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