I have been a newspaper photographer for over twenty years now.
Newspaper photography can at times can be very limiting. I can go out and make a newspaper-quality photo in seconds. Nicely composed, an interesting moment, not too challenging to the viewer. In other words, shooting for the widest possible acceptance.
I try to push the boundaries a bit and not keep cranking out the same type of photo year after year.
Over the past month or so, however, I feel like the images that I am drawn to are very different. Some of them are so different that I don’t even turn them in.
This shot is a good example.
When I came upon these girls with my camera, they stopped dead in their tracks and looked at me. I banged off a couple frames from my waist as they stood looking at me. I then approached their mom and asked permission to photograph them playing.
After getting the go ahead, I made a handful of very pleasing fun shots of their play. Perfect photos for the cover of our feature section.
But I liked this photo best. It is totally influenced by my presence. It has flaws in all the right places but I don’t think it is newspaper quality.
What does it say? I don’t know but it sort of reminds me of the hallway girls from “The Shining”.