Today is International Women’s Day.
It comes at a time of change. It comes during a time of #MeToo. It comes at a time when our children are demanding change in gun laws. It comes at a time when women are demanding to be treated truly equally. It comes at a time when the so-called president of my country thrives on chaos and destroying the rule of law and just about everything else that makes my country great.
Take a short break from all of that, and celebrate the women in your life. Celebrate the women bloggers you read and with whom you interact. And, celebrate the children in your life, especially the young girls who may look up to you.
“And try to find a peace within, Without stepping on one another
And do respect the women of the world, Just remember you all have mothers
Make this land a better land, Than the world in which we live”
— “Yes, We Can, Can” — Allen Toussaint
The picture. It’s one of the pictures from the Ladies and Kids second line. I made it as they were coming out the door of a club where they were preparing. At first glance I almost passed it by. I looked again. It’s not the smile of the woman in the middle. It’s the smile and the look of joy in the woman’s eye in the corner of the picture. The one that fills half the frame. The one that’s unintentionally cropped in a slightly strange way. The one that is slightly out of focus. The one that I made by accident in a crowd of onlookers and photographers.
The technical stuff. I could look at the metadata. I suspect that the basic data is somewhere around f 5.6 at about 500. There were lighting problems with this one because we were shooting almost directly into the sun. That’s where the ladies and children came out of the door. Oh well. You can’t always pick the perfect location and light. Just like real photojournalism.