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It was one of those compose-and-wait situations that Sam Abell talks about. And I didn’t have to wait very long before a group of pedestrians were right there, under the arc of the water, just where I wanted them to be.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

photographed 9.5.2021


When I’ve taken classes from the wonderful Sam Abell, he always speaks of the use of internal framing to make photographs more layered and more interesting. Although he was really encouraging more subtle uses of internal framing, sometimes there is a flagrant example. Like right here.

(Maybe all photographers are like this – the scene as they saw and photographed it seems like it’ll be there forever, unchanged, as though the photograph became the scene. I am that way, so when I passed through this town a week after I made this photo, I was very disappointed that the machinery had vanished.)

Yeso, New Mexico
photographed 3.14.2019

An art lover

“Compose and wait.”

I’ve taken two classes with Sam Abell, and he stressed that concept both times. (He practices it, too – look at his work and you can tell!)

I am not a patient person so composing and waiting doesn’t naturally occur. But look what happens when I actually c-&-w! An art lover – though she appears to be a little skeptical about this particular piece – steps right into my composition, just where I needed her to be.

Thanks, art lover!

The Cliffhouse Project
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 9.9.2017

If I ever needed you

I think this person probably sensed I was back there, taking pictures. It seemed like I was there for about an hour, waiting on just the right pose. I’m not saying this is the right pose; all I’d admit to is that it is a pose…

Union Station
Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.18.2017

Barbed Wire Study, LAX


The thing is, when you’re a photographer, it’s nearly impossible to be bored, to have nothing to do. I filled up a few airport hours taking pictures of the activity outside the window. I guess that’s not (yet) banned.

Anyway, my head was full of lessons on micro composition and careful shooting that I’d had that weekend, so I spent a long time working on getting the barbed wire and that white rectangle exactly the way I wanted them. Likewise, over in the Air Canada terminal my friend and erstwhile classmate Ehpem spent his time similarly, but with very different results.

Because that’s what we do.

Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.20.2017

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