Priorhouse Street Shots Journey (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 02/03/2020)

This week, Amy gave us the opportunity to share part of our photography journey

I decided to share part of my early “street shots” journey. 

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Last summer, I had the chance to go through old photos – did not digitize them all yet- it was more of a sorting and organizing time.

I found photos from a high school Europe trip and realized that my first street shots were taken spring 1986

Here are some:

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However, the Europe street shots were more as a tourist.

My first “intentional” street shots were taken in late fall 2001. It was my last day working as a counselor (one of those jobs that was fine at the time but extra wonderful in hindsight). We were getting ready to leave Florida (to live in CA) and it was my last day of work. I grabbed my camera to keep with me that day to try and capture some of the culture. I was specifically hoping to get a photo of this “hot fish” sign.  Driving by it had some wonderful aroma. 

I was really interested in the culture layers here. 

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CLOSING PHOTO WITH STORY

This last photo is special from my street shot journey.

It was the same day as the “hot fish” capture in 2001. I was taking the last client somewhere and had a few photos left on my roll of film. (Remember when we had a limit compared to cards with GB now?). I noticed this couple on a bike and even though riding Harley’s is not my thing, I do like those bikes and all that – and I actually noted that the lady had on a cute leather top.

I decided to grab a photo of them (yes, I was driving –  – I did not know about inattentional blindness at the time).

I grabbed a photo from behind and as I passed them by – my client sat back (you can see her hand in the photo) and rolled the window down for me (I know, I know…)

And guess what?

The lady on the bike was my younger sister!

Yes, my sister and her husband were spending the weekend in that area for a quick getaway (they lived an hour away).  Here is the photo:

The MasterCard “priceless commercials” were still a little trendy at that time and so grabbing that photo of my lil’ sis (crazy cool, eh?) seemed to fit into that commercial formula. 

One tank of gas for the work van: forty six dollars. 

Hot fish lunch for five: fifty dollars

One roll of 35mm film: seven dollars. 

Capturing a photo of your sister on the back of a Harley: Priceless 

There are some things money can’t buy….

 

 Here is the throwback commercial to show you how it connected 

 

Thanks for your visit today

If you want to share part of your photography journal this week, go here to Amy’s post for more info 

 

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52 thoughts on “Priorhouse Street Shots Journey (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 02/03/2020)

  1. I do not really like takign street photos, though admit to takign quite a few in Paris – sometimes the crowds and the people were as interesting as the buildings. Funny story about your sister. Looking at the photo, I assume she recognized you, even if you didn’t her right away.

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    1. good afternoon Trent
      yes – we recognized each other and she was saying hello
      with that recognized smile and the timing of seeing them still blows me away! because after that day – i would hunker down mike’s away for a couple months until
      we moved!
      and street shots are not for everyone and i think you know i have had my evolution with finding my groove through the years.
      I do wish i snapped more street shots over the years – and hope to keep getting more here and there.
      thanks for your comment
      😊☀️

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  2. Hot Fish makes me hungry for seafood now. I know what’s on the menu this weekend . . .

    And what are the chances? Running into your sister there? That really IS a priceless moment, Yvette.

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  3. I loved all the photos! Especially the one of the girls dancing in the hallway at school! Didn’t we all do that? I know I did…..but you forget! Brings back a lot of memories!

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    1. Hi – yes I think we did all do that! and i remember dancing wildly with my sis to that 80s “abracadabra” song 🎵🎵
      and how easily we forget so many little things and sometimes photos and videos help us remember – sounds obvious and like “of course” but need to be reminded of that too – lol

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  4. Great story and pics. I’ve been going through some old photos lately and enjoying the process of going down memory lane. One day, I’ll need to pull out those ‘film’ photos! Ah, the days of running that roll of film down to the drugstore for developing.

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    1. Hi ingrid! and whew / yes – the days of waiting for the pics to get developed – i know many had their own black rooms – but it was waiting for me and then when free doubles hit the scene – oh baby!
      and have fun when tryouts get to explore more of your film photos 😉

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    1. ah thanks so much – it does amaze me that we all really do have our own style or theme that can unfold over the years with the photos we take, how many, and how we take them etc

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  5. I remember those commercials … some pictures are definitely priceless (looks like you and I are on the same wave length this week!)

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    1. hi JT – i just visited your post and we were on the same theme with the old photography – and the photos from your family are precious keepsakes 😉

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  6. Ha! So funny that the subject of your photo turned out to be your sister! I remember the good old days when you had to wait for your film to be developed to see if the shots were good or not. So much easier now with digital photos. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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    1. you are so right – and i remember when we did nkt have to pay for the ones that were duds – that was cool! and now we print on demand the ones we like

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  7. What great stories! And wonderful photos! That one of your sister is actually very cool! Now I want to go back through all my old photos again. I loved your post!

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  8. Yvette, a wonderful eclectic selection of photos. The Paris ones have that amazing aura of the city and you look like you all had a fabulous time! I love the story about you and your sister – she has an amazing smile and obviously happy to see you!

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    1. hi annika – thanks for the comment – and my sister’s smile does have a small story / her orthodontist took out too many teeth back in the day – sniff / but luckily her smile is beautiful and teeth great – that is a gift
      and hope your month is going well

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    1. Hi – well as you know – street shots are not everyone’s “thing” – and so if it calls to you – then practice – and if not — keep doing what you do – like with your art captures and I love when you share what you see while on runs. But I think that the best photos come when we do follow the call –

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  9. Memories are always great, whether images in your mind or in old photos or film. I took Thanksgiving weekend of 2017 and scanned in all my scrapbooks and photo albums (family, friends and trips). It was done because of the integrity of the photo albums that had film overlay which pages just had yellowed, the sticky part disappeared and the sides of the albums where they were bound came unglued. I was horrified to see this and they were Hallmark albums, not a no-brand. Anyway, I took that weekend to digitize those photos but many were so small or didn’t scan well that that is a project for retirement – taking each of the many images and putting it into the best shape possible. It’s been a treasure trove of photos to use in my blog posts.

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    1. oh linda – that sounds like you did that scanning just in time – before the yellowing took over
      i have a few yellowed photo albums (and crazy that your hallmark ones did that but i guess even the brand name of hallmark folks didn’t know about acid free yet!)
      and it is good to scan them
      but i am also making a list of images i want to print and make into an album just for later
      – i feel like with all the digital we need more “tangible”
      memories – not all – not even 1% of my photos – but some !

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      1. I was glad I went into the boxes where I store all the albums when I did. I picked up albums and the binding just fell away and the pages came out of the book. I did have some that were in an album I could not take apart of friends from a long time ago. And the oversized albums were problematic and in those albums not all image is perfect and has to be enlarged or tweaked to get it to display t a normal size. What would have been better was buying a hand scanner rather than using a flatbed scanner.

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