Today we’re featuring more people pictures because I like them (and remember, humans count as wildlife). These come from Joe Routon, and are “street photography.” Joe’s captions are indented.
This first one was taken in Philadelphia a few months ago. I had no idea how prophetic that sign would be.
This was in Times Square in New York City.
Here is a tour guide in Antwerp, Belgium.
When in Atlanta, I was at a fast food restaurant. This young lady at the counter took my order for burgers and then, seeing the large camera around my neck, asked if I was a photographer. I told her that I enjoy taking photos, and she asked if I would take a picture of her for her boyfriend. Never one to pass up a shot, I said sure. This is the photo I emailed to her after I returned home. She replied that her boyfriend was pleased.
Wandering through a small village in Europe I happened to see a couple emerging from city hall. The woman was holding a bouquet, so I presumed that they had just gotten married. One of my favorite things to photograph in Europe is brides, so I asked if I could take their picture. They graciously consented. After I returned home I sent them their “official” wedding photo.
Wedding customs, including photos, vary from country to country. I happened to look out my hotel window in Turkey and saw a couple of professional photographers having a photo session with a bride. I quickly grabbed my camera and went to investigate, hoping that there might be a photo I could take. When they stopped for a few minutes to take a break, I stepped in before the bride could move and asked the photographers and the bride if I could take a couple of pictures. They gave me permission, so I took this photo. I’ve never seen a similar bridal pose, but I assume it’s common in Turkey.
When in St. Petersburg, Russia, I photographed this wedding party that posed for me in front of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It takes guts for a photographer, who’s a stranger who doesn’t speak Russian, to ask, using hand signals, a whole wedding party to pose, but my motto is “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”