This week’s photo challenge goes like this:
In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention”.
I took a photo last December where a man almost becomes a part of the background. He was setting up projectors for the Notre Dame de Paris anniversary celebrations. You hardly notice him but he is there doing his job:
With his dark clothing against the black metal towers, I am pretty sure that he went almost unnoticed, especially by the hordes of tourists who were busily shooting the outside of the cathedral.
It goes to show you, to be able to see one event like a show, movie, or a visit to a famous monument, many people are in the background to ensure a pleasant and safe experience.
P.S. More posts from our journey to Bourges in France will resume tomorrow. If you are new, check out the two posts after this one to see what I am talking about.