Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

When I read this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, I immediately thought of two photos that I took last September. I don’t often take “street photography”, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that I immediately thought of these.   We had gone downtown to see Liberty, which sits atop the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, at a street level view. The statue had been through a restoration and for a few days was where people could see it before it was hoisted back into position 240 feet in the air.  (Read more about that trip  here.)

While everybody was taking pictures of Miss Indiana (aka Liberty, aka Crowning Figure), I was people-watching. This man, who seemed a bit annoyed that he was fighting onlookers while trying to make a delivery, seemed interesting.   It was only a second before he was out of frame.   I thought his expression, as well as his profile, was similar to that of the statue he was pushing.

One statue was moving that day — and it wasn’t the one everybody came to see

My favorite series of photographs from that day were of a man and his daughter looking at the statue. She was interested, but very tired and wanting to leave soon.

That’s nice. Can we go now?

And a bonus street photo, one that I took years ago (1980) and that I found recently:

Centre Pompidou, Paris, May 1980

Young and naive, I was a bit afraid of these characters with their “Born to Kill” jackets. Interested in them, but I wanted to keep my distance. A few minutes after I snapped this — I was also shooting a group of mimes who were performing — a young man, who I thought might have been sitting with these guys earlier came up to me and asked if I had taken their pictures. I pretended that I didn’t know a word of French — or of English. I might have missed out on having my film taken from me — or maybe I just missed an interesting conversation.

Yes, life is fleeting. Embrace it while you can and snap a few photos along the way. Remember: Time flies like an arrow. And fruit flies like bananas. (Thank you Groucho!)

Want to do the challenge? It’s simple. Post a photo that you think fits the topic then post your link on the Daily Post page.

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About Anne Camille

I bought my first SLR camera (a Yashica TL-ELECTRO) when I was 17 and imagined I would become a great photographer. My love of photography, unfortunately, was thwarted by a photo-journalism class (the first "C" in college, but not the last!) as well as several packages of accidentally exposed photo paper and the high cost of film on a student budget. An unexpected gift of a Canon Rebel xSI four years ago reawakened those old, dormant dreams. A bit wiser now, I knew that photog instructor was full of bs even if technically he was pretty good. I began snapping away and haven't looked back. Mostly, I shoot nature photography because flowers and rocks don't talk back at you when you pose them. I am a photographer, a reader, a writer, a thinker, a dreamer. Mostly you'll see the photographer here, but signs of the others shine through every now and again.
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21 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment

  1. Interesting selection of moments – I love the one of the man pushing the statue!

  2. eof737 says:

    It’s interesting how we see people and imagine what they might be like and then they turn out quite differently… Lovely shots. I love the teen in France shot best. ;-)

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  4. Amar Naik says:

    great shots

  5. Patti Kuche says:

    What a great set of shots Anne!

    • Anne Camille says:

      Thanks, Patti. I really wish I could have captured a shot when that little girl’s head was on her daddy’s shoulder. I think that would have been much better.

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  9. Myra GB says:

    Hi Camille, I love the photo you have taken in Paris the most, alongside your short commentary about it. Very nice! I would have pretended that I didn’t understand a word he was saying too. :) Better safe than sorry.

    • Anne Camille says:

      HI Myra. Thanks for your comment. I wish that I had been braver and taken more shots of them. Years later, they’re much more interesting than the mimes.

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  12. Jo Bryant says:

    Great images Anne

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