I've always liked observing people and wondering about their lives and their motivations. It's one of those semi mundane things that can be transcendent, especially when you imagine what your life might be if you were not just someone else, but THAT someone else.
Today I was browsing through the Shutter Sisters website– a site that I'm happy I found through the lovely blogs of Jeanine and Steph (aka Lawyer Mama). The theme for this Monday was about just that: taking clandestine pictures of others while they are busy leading their lives.
Sometimes I wonder if people like having their picture taken by a stranger or if it offends or irritates them, because I am sometimes overfond of pointing my camera where it doesn't belong and so I ask myself this question more often than not.
But sometimes I wonder, too, if there is a secret thrill involved in an impromptu photo shoot– if there is some sort of small feeling of voyeuristic joy involved in knowing that you're interesting enough to someone's lens.
Consider this a Valentine, then, dear random people I've photographed.
I wonder if any of these people will ever get to stop by here, see themselves, and wonder who the person was behind the lens.
On a related note, and if you're a photography fan, you need to see Vanity Fair's 25 Best News Photographs. I don't think there is a single one that won't move you or stir something within you in some deep, primal way.