On my Sycamore Street Hill documentation of 1969, I took this photo of young adults.
For me a documentary image requires an "up front" approach, the subjects interact with me and know their picture is being taken. This allows an edginess to be shown and I feel makes a better, real and often dramatic photo, none of which would happen if taken from a distance.
There is another factor. Back then it would take a bit of time to focus, meter and frame an image, so you were in their face whether you wanted to or not. I chose to let this work for me and you can see in the expressions their reaction to me on their turf. This was inner city downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in the late 60s, also a time of social and political unrest over race and Vietnam. We didn't feel we were poor, but we felt oppressed in some manner.
I have a series of photos in my gallery, Sycamore Street Hill, with others of these images. If you like this series, watch my site, as I continue to post more.
Taken with a Nikon F, with a 50mm F2.0 Nikkor, with hand held Weston meter, on Kodak Plus X film.
Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.
*NOTE: If you download and put on a large screen you get a more personal response to them and these times.
Gratulations. You deserve it.
THIS is classic.
THIS is classic.
What an expressive photograph, congrats on the DD!
This photo is so powerful.
i love these old photos.. i enjoyed watching and sharing the ones my family has.. priceless. your collection is timeless
WOW! I live near there!
As an interesting side note. Back in this time period, these homes were considered undesirable and were valued in the 5,000 to 30,000 dollar world. Now that the neighborhood has changed to gentry and desired for the great city views, the values have gone to 200,000 to a million dollars, sometimes just for a shell of a house to be redone.
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This is incredible, Congrats on the Daily Deviation!
congratulations on the Daily Deviation! Just stumbled upon this mesmerizing picture and I must say it's very captivating.
This is absolutely amazing, especially given the time and the different formats of cameras. This is so very neat. Congrats on the well-deserved DD.
Congrats on DD!
Hey congrats man...the whole series is worth equal praise
Congrats on the DD!
Have a nice day!
Have a nice day!
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
Looks just like pictures of my mom from that time. She was as stylish as these women. Nice sample of that time period; from what my parents tell me it was an exciting time.
Wow! I knew that it was the late sixties/early seventies from the styles in this photo before I even clicked on the thumbnail! It's funny because they look more surprised than hostile to see you in their neighborhood. I lived outside of Cincinnati in 1967-1968 but I was a toddler. My father worked in the city and told me a story of how he accompanied a coworker home to his neighborhood which was similar to this one for a party. This was before the riots and there was social unrest about race in this country and Vietnam, but it was still simmering under the surface and hadn't boiled over. Thanks for sharing this very interesting photo and sorry for my long ramble! Congratulations on your DD!
wow, what a great photograph for that year, it's very crisp and clear. my dad was 14 and my mom was 9 at that time.
Congrats on the DD, Eugene. It's a superb photo.
That is an impressive photograph...^^
This is a beautiful photo. A great time piece and very expressive.
thank you, but in the world of art, this and $5.00 will get you a cup of coffee, not delivered.
good thing I don't do coffee.
I adore the girl on the left, posing like a little Napoleon. She reminds me of, (well, I'm dating myself here) Dee from What's Happening. 'Ooohh I'm gonna tell mama!!' I think their caught-in-the-act expressions are great.
I know what you mean. To me she is Al Bundy from Married with children. I toyed with removing her from the photo, but as she was part of the group I kept her in, what with me being a documentarist.
Congrats on the well deserved DD. Nice candid street portraiture!
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation
Wow what a wonderful time peace and so well presented.
great shot, really love it!
Fantastic photo! Thanks for digging it up!
Your street shots are something special, Eugene. I also love the explanations you give to them. Compliment!
It was a different world back then. I was 14 in 1969! Great shot!
I turned 19 that year. What a time it was.