Friday, February 03, 2012
Delray Beach, FL, December 2011
What does this picture have to do with this week's "screens" theme (more here)? Simultaneously nothing and everything. There isn't a screen in sight here. No laptop, smartphone or tablet. I'm guessing this gentleman is about as likely to tweet his whereabouts as I am to sit down next to him and light up a cigarette.
But as I stared at him from afar, all I could think of was how he needed to be screened for cancer. Yes, I'm just that weird, worrying about other people's health. The scene, in the sickly greenish light of an outdoor strip mall overhang, seemed just a little sad on the surface. For all I know, this guy was enjoying a blessedly quiet few minutes away from his shrew of a wife/girlfriend/mistress.
But none of that mattered as I preset the camera on look-into-your-neighbor-in-the-next-county zoom and got myself into that Zen state that allows low-light, longish exposure shots in low light. I had to shoot fast and still to avoid being picked off. Perhaps he could outrun me. Either way, I didn't want to find out the hard way.
Your turn: What's his story? Why would a scene like this attract your eye?