A Carnival of Sorts (Street Life)

A Random Act of Kindness

I know I took this in 1987 and in Europe. Most likely Paris. The thin man does not look happy, but someone is offering him some street food.

I saw a great interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson and he was so down to earth and had no pretension. He more or less said he liked to walk the streets to find interesting things and that framing and geometry were important. He also set his shutter speed at 125 and adjusted his aperture manually.

I’m finding so many more photographs that I took in 1987 and again in 1989 that were inspired but where for some reason I overlooked them.

I’ve been thinking about street photography today, and that I’ve been so lucky to capture decisive moments in San Francisco, New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Berne and other cities. I did find some images from smaller towns like Zug and Pfullingen, but very few people. The scenes were quiet, but didn’t have the same “juju” as the big cities.

I thought of how big city streets are like a carnival that comes together for a very short while, fades, re-groups elsewhere and repeats, but with different characters. The title is borrowed from R.E.M.s song Boxcar (Carnival of Sorts)

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