Phoneography Challenge~Everyday Americans

 

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For the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo challenge, spear-headed by Lens and Pens by Sally, it’s photographer’s choice this week. It’s interesting that Sally’s tip of the week is about Robert Frank’s The Americans, and his photography of the everyday American. I’m finding this passion in my photography outings of late, into the San Francisco Bay Area; the proverbial melting pot of people from around the world who have come here to be Americans.  In my treks into the City’s Chinatown, and Mission District most recently, I am in awe of being transported into another country’s cultures within thirty minutes of my home. I become a bit despondent at times, reading travel blogs of the wonderfully exotic places in this world I would love to travel to, but will never see personally.  I am now realizing, though, that I  have their peoples here in my own backyard to learn from, and immerse myself in their worlds that are just a public transportation ride away. No plane ticket required.

Photo taken with a Samsung Galaxy in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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About Angeline M

Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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25 Responses to Phoneography Challenge~Everyday Americans

  1. This is a wonderful slice of life scene-there is an energy here and the black and white really makes this work!

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  2. Patti Kuche says:

    An exciting challenge and well executed Angeline. Have fun out there, wherever you are!

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  3. joshi daniel says:

    a nice street scene 🙂

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  4. pattimoed says:

    Great street shot, Angeline! I love the “grittiness” of the b/w.

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  6. Angeline, I was in Chinatown a little over a year ago and your photo really captures it. Well done.

    janet

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Janet. I’ll have more street photography from my DSLR coming up soon. I migrated up a couple of blocks away from tourists and into the real Chinatown. Wonderful afternoon.

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  7. Interesting you say that you feel like you can visit another place within your own city. I was recently hearing Italian immigrants talk about how they created a Little Italy in Australia, when they arrived. It made them feel much less homesick. This area, fifty or more years later, is a big tourist drawcard for that city! It pays to look closer to home sometimes!! Great photo here. I feel you can determine so much from this one photograph.

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  8. Suzanne says:

    It’s a fascinating glimpse of a diverse culture.

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  10. I do love meandering in San Francisco, and your fondness for the street life is right in Frank’s oeuvre. Your capture brings back memories that burst with the energy found on the city’s sidewalks. The monochrome is so suited to the story that you tell. The light and contrast are strong parts of the image’s success. Happy Photo Challenge.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thank you, Sally. The energy on the streets in San Francisco is truly amazing. Thank you for your comments on my photo, I am really getting in to street photography. I’ll have more coming that I took with my DSLR. Have a good week. And stay warm!!

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  11. Great shot Angeline, especially in B&W it becomes something that draws you in for another look. I usually shun B&W but it this shot I can see how it really makes a difference, giving it somehow a more intriguing look.
    Alison

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  12. ShimonZ says:

    I suppose it’s quite a challenge to capture ‘everyday Americans’ just because there are so many different ethnic and cultural groups. This picture did surprise me though, with Buddha in a prominent place.

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    • Angeline M says:

      True, but then again, everyone living here is an everyday American (I won’t go into immigration issues). It depends where one is in San Francisco, what district. I’m slapping myself on the forehead thinking I didn’t go see what was in the shop with the Buddha sign. Next trip.

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