This was shot during a quick trip to a Target department store to buy toothpaste of all things. You can tell from the angle of the light that it was late in the day. Despite the saturated reds and dramatic shadows, I wasn't moved to take a picture until I noticed the mother and son in blue approaching from the parking lot. By luck I happened to have a Ricoh GRD IV in my pocket. Here is the result.
I have a confession to make: In spite of all my upbeat talk about making do with what you have, photographing your everyday life, and taking pictures instead of making excuses, I too sometimes fall prey to photographic doldrums. You know what I mean: feeling low in spirit and energy, wondering why you waste your time taking pictures that hardly anyone will ever see, lacking any interest in learning new techniques or exploring new subjects.
It happens to the best of us. It can be particularly prevalent this time of year, as the weather grows cold, the days are shorter, the sun rests low in the sky, and everyone's attention turns to holiday activities, shopping for gifts, and silently lamenting all the things we'd like to have but can't afford. It's a time when some of us dread having to spend time with family, while others desparately wish we had family to visit. In such times photography can fall low on our list of interests.
And that's okay. Just as there are annual seasons and various phases of our lives, there are periods we need to rest, reflect, and edit. There are also times when we can't wait to photograph the world with all the gusto we've got. During and in-between, I still keep a habit of having a camera on hand, with no real intention or expectation of using it. You see, I've learned that there will be moments when the mood lifts, the clouds part, every element is in exactly the right alignment, and you are there to capture it. That's when you remember why you spend so much time taking pictures: It reminds you what a wonder it is to be fully alive and in the moment.