When I was in photo school, a gabillion years ago, the mantra was..."that photo needs a person in it." I've never really gotten over that.
To me, photography helps us explain ourselves, to ourselves.
I didn't make that up, it comes from a great photographer named Edward Steichen who created the ground-breaking exhibition called "The family of Man."
This exhibition and book, was one of the great influences on photographers of my age. Understanding this concept of photography helped me know when I am truly telling a story vs. taking a picture.
Here is where I say social distancing sucks.
When I work a story I get close to folks. To me I want to feel something from their energy to better know how to make a photo. "If your pictures aren't good enough, your'e not close enough" - Robert Capa
This week I felt a little under the weather and because of that I didn't venture out much. I don't believe I have the coronavirus, but I don't want others to worry and I don't want to risk exposure while my immune system is weakened.
So as a result, my feature pics of the day aren't what I want them to be, even though to me a cow, a duck and even a flower can substitute for a person, my true goal is to tell visual stories of people.
That said I still had fun taking this photo with my phone in Meadville. Nature is a wonder and it slows down for no virus!