|5" x 7" ink and watercolor on Fabriano Artistico rough paper|
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I love bus stops and cross walks because of the variety of people you find there. But it's rare that I am lucky enough to have the traffic light stop my car just to the side of a person to paint. So when I saw the woman above I just kinda casually stared straight ahead while waiting at the light, held my cell phone sideways, and -snap- I had the picture. I never looked that way once and when the light turned green I drove on. When I checked the photo later I was delighted!
This is my fifth "At First Glance" picture, a series where I try to capture the essence of folks I find in Miami.
But I've been thinking, maybe what I'm portraying is something more.
The other day I met a friend for lunch that I hadn't seen in maybe ten years. (This is a different friend, by the way, than the one recounted in the last post.) I had no idea it had been so long. I'd spoken to him every year in the interim - he's my accountant. We'd have lively telephone conversations, catching up, and he'd sounded exactly the same. But I'd mail him the papers for my return and wouldn't see him.
So when we saw one another there was this surreal minute or two as we conversed when we were reconciling our memories of one another to the persons before us. Time had given us both more .. character.
So I realize that what I'm capturing in this series is not only the essence, but the moment.
The "At First Glance"figures are in a field of white. I could ground the figures in the white field, say with a shadow. But I do not. This is appropriate, I think. This is their essence suspended in the moment; then the moment is gone.
If you'd like descriptions of the series and to see prior "At First Glance" folks, you can go here, here, here and here. [What will I do when there are 100? Leave 99 links at the end of the post?! I think not!]