There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewerAnsel Adams
Ansel Adams was talking about how people interpret a photo. He shot mainly landscapes, but the maxim applies to all kinds of photography and perhaps none more so than photos of people. How you choose to portray them defines how the viewer will see them.
I have often in the past shared groups of three, for the Thursday Trios challenge. But today Debbie challenges us to find Twos, for One Word Sunday. Since I seem to have many more of those than I do threes, I decided to restrict myself to street photography and find some couples or pairs in my archives. So in this gallery there are quite literally two people in every picture!
Many of these people are clearly couples or friends, but a few are passing strangers or in one case engaged in a purely commercial transaction, shoe shining. Some you may have seen before but others, I hope, will be new to you.
Some of the images are in colour, some monochrome. The choice of colour or black and white is of course subjective. In general with street photography I lean towards the latter, but the setting of some of these shots seemed to demand colour. See what you think!
All the images were shot originally in colour, with the monochrome versions edited with Silver Efex Pro.
Checking a selfie perhaps, in the Forbidden City, Beijing
My feature photo was also taken in the Forbidden City but unlike this candid one was a posed shot
Friends out for a walk, Bei Hai Park, Beijing
This is the only other posed shot in this gallery
At the Comic and Games festival in Lucca, Italy
Meeting a friend, Lucca, Italy
Making their slow way home perhaps, in Lucca, Italy
Shoe shine in the Plaza Botero, Medellin, Colombia
Playing in the fountain in the Place Saint Sulpice, Paris
Tourists in the rain. Jardins des Tuileries, Paris
‘Non Stop’, Sofia, Bulgaria
Outside an opticians’ shop in Sofia, Bulgaria
After trade has finished for the day in the Mercato delle Erbe, Bologna, Italy
A doorstep chat with a friend, Arpino, Italy
Finishing where we started, in Beijing, in the gardens of the Imperial Ancestral Temple