Last week, as I was taking my picture for the day, I came across an underpass in the Pilsen neighborhood that I thought had an interesting dynamic. So I took a picture.
I was happy with the shot and about to move on when I spotted a walker entering the cross walk. I didn’t really have a chance to frame the picture. I took another three quick pictures.
And then just like that, my picture was changed.
The same thing happened yesterday. My wife and I were sitting at a table outside along Randolph Street. We had ordered a couple cocktails to enjoy in the sun.
Just as I finished taking the picture, I noticed a bride and groom turning the corner. Again, I was able to take three quick shots.
The middle picture was my photo for the day yesterday.
Sometimes I think I try too hard. I take time to set up photos and frame them just right. Very often I will take multiple photos of the same subject from different angles or slightly different framing looking for the perfect picture.
It seems that these Accidental Photos have a life that my set-up photos don’t have. I can’t plan them. They just exist. If only it was possible to get this type of spontaneity in all of my photographs.