Upham's Corner Faces Photos
Can I take your picture?
Puedo tomar su foto?
Upham’s Corner with a camera adds a more exacting visual lens to the experience.
We can no longer walk past people without seeing them for their photogenicity.
The excitement makes you feel like a little kid: Can I take your
To this risky question people react
in many ways and so does the
Energy and enthusiasm comes from that one person, the very
first one, that agrees. "Really?" we think, "You're
really going to let me
take your picture?" What an incredible gift!
- What if they say "no"? Do we come away
feeling hurt and upset?
- What if they say "yes"? Do we freeze
up for fear of not taking a good picture?
|Instrument of Magic
A camera is an instrument of
“magic” tying you and your subject
together with a momentary umbilical cord. You don't know each
yet the level of cooperation and enjoyment in the process is
And when we are all done, we share a special
moment together. "Take a look at this." "That's
"Wow! This is an amazing photograph." "You are so
photogenic." You’re best
friends and you stay that way. How many times people come up
proudly: "I remember you. You took my picture."
|This is my Life||A photo is the tip of a very deep
iceberg. It's the opening
to the story: "This is my life." For the photo
permission to photograph is the necessary opening that asks: "May I
share in your life?" Not knowing their name was
important. No labels, no words, no accents, no hints about
who these people are. They are works of art in a photo
||They are more than works of art in a photo
collage. They are
real people with real lives and real stories. Stare at the
photographs long enough and the faces will come alive. Stare
at the faces long enough and you will begin asking questions.
|These are the people who venture
out into the street. We found them
working in their gardens, resting on the porch, walking, laughing,
walking their dogs, waiting for the bus, opening business for the day
and playing games.
These are the people of Upham's Corner -- A Photo Collage.