The shot above was taken during an opposition May Day parade in Quito last month. I covered a handful of demonstrations while in the Ecuadorean capital, knew what to expect, and decided to focus some attention to what was happening on the fringes, which at times was even more interesting.
The man had an audience of thousands, but none were in the market for reading glasses. Not even at three dollars a pop. By the time he moved on, his expression turned grim. That departure from the scene remains one of the most poignant memories of that morning and afternoon that I spent walking among tens of thousands of people.
It’s also one of my favorite street shots snapped during the month of May, leading off my monthly dandy dozen street shot compilation which I began in late April. (It’s here if you missed it.) I’m happy to report that for the fifth consecutive month, none of the subjects flung sardines at me or punched me in the crotch. Not one.
As I mentioned in my monthly round-up a few days ago, May was the proverbial whirlwind, a month that began and ended in Quito and Bogota respectively, with stops in Doha, Qatar, and Madrid and Toledo, Spain in between. No, not the most conventional route. But I made it. And collected a few reward miles, too.
Most of the images here are from Quito, but there are also a few from my first days in Bogota, my current base, from Toledo and Madrid and one from Doha –for memory’s sake.
For post-processing, I continued experimenting as I did last month with a with a set of classic film presets I bought from Elephant Gun, an international collective whose work I’ve grown to admire a great deal. Make some time to check out their projects and track them down on Instagram. You won’t be disappointed.
In the meantime, enjoy. As always, feedback is welcome, encouraged, and very much appreciated.
The lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 508th straight, and as the entry for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge whose theme is vivid. As I mentioned above, the man’s single-minded focus and urgency remains one of my most vivid memories from this year’s international workers’ holiday.
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