There was a time when I took photos that I did my best to eliminate the people, or at least minimize them. Needless to say, a street scene like this one on a street corner in Dublin would have driven me bats! Later, I started to appreciate the element humans add to a scene. There's so many reasons to enjoy their presence from a simple issue of scale to giving the viewer of the image a way to mentally insert themselves into the moment, someone they could identify with as the observer.
But my favorite thing in street scenes is to attempt to allow the people to help guide one's eyes through the scene as I believe they do when one views this photo taken at the end of O'Connell Street where it meets Parnell Square. THe red brick building on the opposite corner is part of Cavendish Row. And when your eyes read the sidewalk of that beautiful building, it's when they human presence comes to life. Look at the array of people on the sidewalk sand moving through the crosswalk. I really feel like I captured the soul of that moment when I included the people crossing.
November 14th, 2012
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