Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat.
This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life. I was well-positioned to capture the moment with a Fuji XT1 camera, and was immediately reminded that the complex issues of wildlife in the cityare often first framed by common sense, ingrained patterns — a “let the bird go moment” — readily captured by watchful eyes.
I suggest that in many instances, these moments are obvious to the beholder, andessential to record and later evoke for illustration and discussion.
How we should capture such first principle, “teaching moments”? What tools should we use? What are the secrets of documenting compelling examples for posterity’s sake?
Below, I describe how to capture common sense portraits of the urban environments for later use, and why.