When the streets are really hopping around the holidays – I look for this sort of thing a lot. Nothing new, I can think of at least that great Embrace / Kiss by Doisneau even if it did turn out to be posed. I’ve really got nothing against faking shots – whether with PS or creating the scene. Oh what a big furor it created. But how much pleasure it gave people to see the image. Political fakery seems wrong – it’s just propaganda. But if your purpose is simply to make a pleasing image – there are worse sins in the world than that. And trickery has been around since the very beginning of photography – generally for the same purpose as Doisneau. I think that so long as you keep your tricks to yourself – it’s fine. Magicians don’t explain their tricks for the same reason. However, just for the record – there’s no trickery involved here – just a shutter speed of 1/40th of a second and a lot of waiting around by Bloomingdales.
I actually sat down looking for a shot that would be good for the holidays – and to wish everyone out there a happy and healthy Thanksgiving – and although I know I get to whining and complaining about money every few days – I’m thankful for what I have and where I think I’m going. I hope you all are too.