There's a category of vernacular photography that is very easy to collect: itinerant street photographers. Go through a box of snapshots at an antique store and I'm betting you'll find several. The problem is the majority of them are incredibly boring, the photos…I have no idea if the photographers were boring. The photo equivalent of watching paint dry. But once in a while one comes along that makes me wake up and say, "YES! This is perfect!"
Who knows how these photographers actually behaved. Aggressive? Dart, shoot, and run while dropping a card? Shifty? Polite with a warm smile?
I'm guessing this woman was taken off guard and was concerned for the safety of the child and herself. I can hear her muttering, "Look straight ahead and keep walking" as she tightly clutched the little girls hand.
This is my submission this week for Sepia Saturday with a theme of "needing a helping hand." And this is not the first time I've featured one of these street photographs for Sepia Saturday.
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