One of my favorite photo’s from my own collection is RED. This series of photographs were taken in Tenderloin last year (2016) during Jack Simon‘s workshop in San Francisco. Tenderloin is not a particular area you would typically roam around for street photos but surprisingly there was a block party so we went ahead and joined in.
As I was roaming around the area waiting for those interesting moments to happen, I for one did not notice the red wall. Probably at the time I was not as aware or experienced at seeing vibrant colors on the street as I am now. It wasn’t until I noticed how Jack and the other students were photographing the man in the red sweater that I went ahead and joined in. (You can watch here how I photographed RED at 5:45)
First, I love the vibrant red and how his sweater blended in with the red wall. The man’s hat, white sunglasses and the white graffiti on the wall pointing to the right makes it more interesting. I probably should have worked the scene until a lot more but at the time I didn’t know any better.
I feel photo eight is the best photo on the entire contact sheet. I like the simplicity of it with just him against the wall. The special moment in my opinion is when he opened his pizza box and bit into his pepperoni pizza…MORE RED COLORS!
Do you think I selected the right image? What would you have liked to see happen in the frame? How would you have shot it differently?