March 30, 2010

Heads up...

A man stands next to a sign that warns passers by of fly balls coming from the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Manoa, Hawaii

Signs are always interesting. The only time I don't like photographing signs is when they are being used as a message board to convey opinions or messages like "Lingle is da man!" or whatever have you...come to think of it i might have held a sign like that when i was in high school protesting something or another...

but that is neither here nor there...

More after the jump...


Signs and an American flag frame the words reading "Hawaii Hall" where the University of Hawaii at Manoa Administrative offices are housed on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. Over 500 students, faculty, and community members gathered at a "Teach-In" in front of Hawaii Hall to voice their concerns. (Kent Nishimura/Ka Leo O Hawaii)
Back to what I was saying about signs...people make sings because they have a message that they want to get across and I've come to the rationalization that it's not my job to convey that message for them.  I'm out there, in the field, looking for people, their interactions and these moments between them.  I’m looking for faces, for these moments where real life is happening...as a photographer I try to make interesting pictures that involve the reader, engage the reader and get them to want to know more about the story and the people that we’re photographing and writing about. And I usually find that photographing someone’s sign and the words on the sign is not really treating the story with the respect it deserves.

It’s all just a little too easy to do it that way...

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