From the back seat – Street-series
In and around Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Bolletje Wit (Little white ball)
‘Bolletje wit’ (Little white ball) is slang commonly used in the Netherlands for Crack Cocaine (drugs) – I can’t be sure, but I have a strong suspicion that it’s a ‘Bolletje wit’ that this young man is holding in his hand…
Photograph made with PENTAX K10D
Shutter Speed:1/500 second
Focal Length:21 mm
Date Taken:Feb 10, 2013
*About the ‘From the back seat’- Street-series *
I’m currently working on a series of street-photo’s taken through the window from a bus or tram, from the back seat …
I’ve had a few photo shoots already for this project, and am gradually getting familiar with the different challenging and facilitating aspects of this special way of shooting street.
Sitting in the back of a bus, the photographer is less visible to the subjects photographed. Also, one doesn’t have to walk for hours on end, but can work while (more or less easily) seated. The time for selecting and focusing on your subject is very limited though – it all has to happen within the few minutes the bus stops before traffic lights, or at a stopping place to let passengers in and out. And the photographer has to take into account the many reflections, dirt and scratches in/on the (often coloured) windows of the public transport. Those can create very special effects on the images.
Most of the times, nothing interesting happens outside, while the bus/tram makes a stop. And if something happens, one can easily miss it because of so many reasons.
But once in a while it leads to some amazing catches, from an unexpected viewpoint…
It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s challenging… and I am looking forward to see what still may come from one of my next bus- or tram- rides… Hope you enjoy this pic!
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