One shot interview with TBow

July 20, 2020  •  1 Comment

One shot interview With TBow
 

What made you push the shutter button to capture this image? 

 

I was wandering the streets of Miami In December of 2017.  I found some excellent light, an interesting background and a flow of people.  I made a few images of different people but this woman was my favorite of the day. 

I had approached her and quickly explained what I was doing. I took about 6 frames.  It happened in 20 seconds.  She was in a hurry to get home after work. She got on the train and was gone.    

 

 

Is this image part of a larger project, If so what is the project focus?  

 

When I reviewed the images that night I fell in love with that red fence!  Just like fishing, I went back to that good spot the next day.  I created a “Red Fence Series” from that but honestly, once I grouped 8 good red fence images together I kinda lost interest.  The red was kind of overwhelming.  I ended up posting several images individually.  

 

 

Why is this image special to you?  

 

I fell in love with this image.  It highlights my ongoing fascination with the complexity of the human condition.  Im focused on the people I meet and the lives they live.  Oh, and btw.. I think the woman in this image has a odd Mona Lisa thing going on with her expression. 

 

 

Are there any photography books that inspired you to capture this image?  

 

I am inspired by the image books and works of Dianne Arbus, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mary Ellen Mark and Richard Avedon’s, In The American West.  My ongoing love and commitment to photography is continuously renewed by David Bayles and Ted Orland’s book, Art and Fear - Observations of the perils and rewards of art making.  A must read for any photographer.  

 

 

What camera are you currently using?  

 

I’m currently using a Leica Q2 for my street work. I also have other cameras that I use from time to time.  

 

 

Please tell us about yourself.  

 

I worked as a commercial photographer and a television producer when I was young.  Nowadays I continue making images with the people I meet, telling their stories and learning about the lives they live.  My portrait work takes place on the streets and in the studio.  

 

 


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Tbow(non-registered)
Ryan... thanks so much for the interview and the blog post. My work can also be found at:

Tbowphoto.com
Instagram = @tbowfoto
Facebook = Tbow Foto
LensCulture = https://www.lensculture.com/tom-bowden-2
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