Photographs & Broken Picture Frames
It’s a piece of a picture frame that ended up smashed into little pieces. I placed it near the edge of a table while trying to stage an image I had in my head – it landed on the floor less than two minutes later. Needless to say, I didn’t move any other breakables around that day.
Fortunately, I ended up with more than a shattered picture frame. Check out some of my favorite images (and maybe a short story about each) after the jump.
It seems like the men in the family didn’t really smile a whole lot, but when they did, you knew you would end up with a fantastic portrait. Take, for example, this jolly man above. To me it seemed like everytime he laughed or smiled, he looked a whole decade younger. I still have to smile when I see shots of him smiling like this.
On the other hand, this little boy didn’t want to smile for me. I took the image above and showed it to him hoping for some reaction – I got a poker face. Oh well – at least the rest of the family seems to love that shot.
As a photographer, catching a couple in “a moment” is, for lack of a better way of putting it, a cheap thrill. In the images above, I caught Lolo and Lola (Filipino for Grandpa and Grandma) in one such moment. I know she’s not fixing his tie (he’s not wearing one), so I guess he’s fixing his collar, or maybe brushing something off his cheek. I don’t really know what she’s doing, but all I know is I almost missed this moment.
Of course, a little post-processing helps. You see, I practically shot this from the hip – I ended up with a skewed (around 10 degrees, I think) and off-center image. Thanks to the wonder of post-processing (and yes, you can do this in a darkroom), I got better symmetry, and best of all, you don’t have to tilt your head. Also, you can check out the image in its original colors over on Flickr.
These are a few of my favorites from that day. I hope you enjoyed them too.
• Luis • 7 August 2008 •