Capturing the Moment

Garry Winogrand‘s perfectly timed photo reminds me of the day I was photographing on the street and captured an unusual moment similar to his. See my image below Winogrand’s.





Some of the” first impression” feedback I’ve received on my image above is that I caught this guy just as he fell, crashing to the ground, as in he’s fallen from a building. I admit it does look like that at first glance. In reality he was heading my direction with his companions, suddenly stopping on the sidewalk right in front of me, where I was standing in an alcove, and started breakdancing – one reason the image lacks clarity – the element of surprise! Rather than delete the image because it wasn’t sharp, I focused on the authenticity of moment. It is one of my favorite street photography images.

Photographer Eric Kim writes: ”

If you want to get a deeper insight into street photography and take better photos, I feel it is very important to study the work of the street photographers who came before us and paved the way for the rest of us. Not only that, but reading the quotes and words by these influential street photographers is a great way to train your mind to take better photos as well. Below are some of my favorite street photography quotes that are concise, inspirational, and have influenced me in one way or another.”

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.” – Bruce Gilden

After he unwound his tangled limbs and hopped up off the pavement, I got to know something about him, not as a subject but as a person. His name is Wanderer. He has a son by the name of Madison. He and his friends travel by box car around the country hopping off at towns along the way to leave their mark on the world – graffiti. I instantly liked him and his gang, who at first looked intimidating, but in reality turned out to be really sweet guys who shared a common passion. They were in no hurry to rush off, but hung around with me for a while talking with me about themselves as though we were friends reconnecting after a long absence and catching up. I suppose that to them, I was one of many people across the country that create a sense of community for  them wherever they go… one moment at a time, connected by thousands of miles of track.




Moments -Twinkling & Sparkling

“One day when sitting at the dining table with my daughter, Sephira, then two and a half years old, she commented to me, “Mama, my legs are twinkling and sparkling!” It instantly made me think of when my mother told me about how my older sister used to say “booming darkening” when she was little, talking about lightning and thunder… but this wasn’t a stormy day. When I clarified with Sephira that she had indeed said “twinkling and sparkling”, it only took me a few seconds to realize she was telling me that her legs had fallen asleep and these were the sensations she was feeling. She had been sitting on her knees during our mealtime together. Once we got her legs straightened out the twinkling and sparkling stopped. Even though she didn’t use that phrase for long, I still marvel over the fact that this was the most perfect way she could have described those sensations to me, and I’ll never be able to think about my limbs falling asleep any other way!”

Moments Contributor Effie Siverts


How often do we restart our computer, or on any given day click the “refresh” icon on our tool bar multiple times? Yet how often to we reboot, refresh our lives? For most of us, not as often as we should. Perhaps we fail to recognize the same importance or urgency in our lives as when our Internet connection fails, stalls or doesn’t yield the immediate results we seek.

When we look at the synonyms for refresh, there are a number of other words and expressions that are far more applicable to people than to cyberspace technologies – reanimate, recreate, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, stimulate, revive, enliven, exhilarate, make like new, give new life to, breath new life into….

Not long ago, I realized how I’d let a number of my personal and professional interests fall to the wayside. Ten months ago, I set out to audio record Moments, also my last blog post. Since then, I’ve been busy about many things, mostly good things, but was remiss to refresh my vision for creating the audio series I was so excited about. At first, I was intimidated by the technology of my professional field recorder, actually still am, then one thing led to another. Moments was to be my segue to kickstarting a career path as a personal historian – a career I was excited about and explored back in 2009, the first time I became a member of Association of Personal Historians (APH).

I hit the refresh button of my life several times recently by working with Effie on the redesign of my website, rejoining APH, perusing the manual for my field recorder. Wish me luck! I hope in the days and months ahead you will join me on my journey to help others, possibly you, share your moments and your stories. I’m taking this one step at a time, learning one aspect of this business at a time, serving one person at a time, but very excited and enlivened to finally be taking this direction in my career.

For me, being refreshed is like blowing bubbles at the beach with my grandchildren. I need to do this more often! Wishing you the same.