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  • I walked into town today with two goals:
    1) Experiment with my brand new camera
    2) Stop at the bank to deposit a few checks

    I will be the first to admit that photography isn’t my niche. I joined cowbird because of the journaling appeal. There is nothing more satisfying than perfectly articulating a thought with the appropriate words. However, photography is also a large part of our cowbird entries.

    I still own a flip phone and the camera I bought six years ago is broken, so I’ve been SOL for decent photos.

    I decided to buy something somewhere between a point-and-shoot camera and a so-many-settings-and-gadgets-that-I’m-overwhelmed camera. My friend Mary went to Best Buy with me last night to help me pick one out, and I was enthused about trying it today.

    I like a challenge, so while I don’t think I have the instinctual creative eye for good photography, I can at least improve from where I’m at now – which is nowhere.

    So today, I walked to a park, hoping to find something in nature that I could capture, but I realized something very quickly – I don’t know what to shoot in nature.

    I kept walking, toward the center of town and the bank (as this was my second errand). As I was walking along a residential street I saw this guy. He was sitting on the stoop of his front steps. There was big yellow flashlight sitting to the left of him. His jeans were splattered with white paint, like messy polka dots. He had a cigarette in one hand and his phone in the other. He did not notice me as I passed by, rather he was too perfectly preoccupied with himself.

    I wanted so badly to snap a photo of him…but I felt like a stalker.

    Candid photos – those are the photos I want to pursue in my challenge. I’ve always loved the photos that capture a person, not their smiling façade – pictures that read a person’s mind at that instant.

    So that’s going to be my goal, but the photo that you see in this post is kind of an inspiration from what happened to me on my second errand.

    I arrived at the bank and tugged at the door to no avail.

    “It closes after three,” said the man using the ATM. “But the drive-through is open.”

    “I don’t have a car, I’m on foot.”

    I guess the women one the other side of the glass behind the counter heard me, because she said, “You can walk, just be careful.”

    So I walked the drive-through. I know I’ve talked about doing this with others before, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I think it’s the premise of doing exactly what you’re not supposed to do that is the appeal – like walking up the down escalator, or vise versa.

    So I juxtaposed a few shots of my own feet walking, with a car driving by. And although it could use some work, I noticed when I got home that I did capture the passenger’s face…
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