I thought I would share a few of my favorite monochrome images from Florence along with a bit of commentary about what attracted me to each image.
Photography is a very intimate process, and many of my favorite shots are taken when I’m alone. As I often say, photography is not a team sport. You can learn a lot from others, but eventually you have to spread your wings and venture out on your own. In this image, I initially found myself watching the man and his dog, and I was drawn to the symmetry that the moped provided to the image. But, it was as I approached that the frame came to life: the man entered the window and I took notice of the arrow in the street. I was glad I slowed down and made an intentional composition because if I had just taken the quick shot and moved on I wouldn’t have been happy.
I found myself attracted to this location because it was a busy intersection with a bustling store. When I find a location I like I’ll settle in for a bit and wait for a moment to present itself. Sometimes it pans out, as it did in this case, when a dapper looking gentleman entered the frame. He stood there, still, looking onward, and it was his stillness that I wanted to capture among the chaos of the streets. I used shutter priority mode and set my camera to 1/15th of a second in an effort to create motion blur. I was only able to capture one frame with enough people in it, then the moment passed and he slipped into the store.
Photographic opportunities change throughout the day and often I’ll find myself revisiting the same location at different times. On weekends, I find young adults are very active between the hours of 8-12am. In this case a young couple embraced as another young man roller-bladed through the frame. When I visited this location six hours earlier it had a much different feel as merchants packed the square peddling their goods.
Then there are moments that don’t need any explanation; we’re drawn to them simply because they’re beautiful.