Last week we put up a new exhibit at the 1880 Gallery. The theme was "Visions of Freedom" and for the first time I planned a couple of photographs.
I am not an expert on cameras. When instructors start talking about F-stops and shutter speed, my head starts swimming. It all seems backwards and upside down to me. Mostly I put my camera on the Program setting and shoot away. The setting is forgiving in low light and I am usually very happy with my photographs.
Two of the shots for this exhibit had surprises in them. The first, my daughter noticed. Here's the photograph:
I got my neighbor's son to play around in his father's old (but very red and shiny) convertible. He and his sister were the perfect subjects, fun and accommodating. I chose this shot because he looks like he is on the road to somewhere and getting away with it. My daughter though noticed a small detail that I had missed: he has on what looks like a hospital bracelet! He's not just driving; he's escaping!
The second planned shot was of my mother-in-law. She is amazingly beautiful and very photogenic. I handed her a book I had brought her and told her I wanted to take her picture looking at the book. I chose this particular image because of the angle and background details:
I love the way a photograph taken one way with one objective can have things that were unintended but add spice to the story it tells. And there can be depth and art to a photograph taken without regard to the intricacies of the camera, only listening for the beep that signals the camera is ready to speak.