When I ask myself why I took this shot ? My mind tells me because of the colour, contrast, emotion and BLAH BLAH BLAH…
But slow it down what emotion. She’s not smiling.
Crap ! I lost a perfect shot.
This was a day ago until I was looking again through my collection and asked my friend what was missing in this photograph.
She said “Nothing, its fine.”
I was surprised and told her “But how can it be fine, its incomplete, she’s not smiling. I cannot find any emotion there.”
She said “Is that the only emotion people have.”
And it went downhill from there. I realised how insensitive I was and could not even register emotions which surrounded the woman selling roses. It was expectation and fear. She sells roses to unknown walkers on the street. Unsure who will buy it but knows if she does not sell the stock by evening the roses would be dead.
How could she be smiling then.
I had such a big veil of Ignorance upon me !