I spent some time with friends Downtown at Tucson Meet Yourself, an annual festival that has celebrated the City’s ethnic diversity for 40 years. I thought it would be a good chance for me to practice my street photography skills.
Street photography is definitely challenging because the photographer has so little control over the scene, including cluttering obstacles, very high contrast lighting, and subjects who don’t hold still. Nevertheless, I enjoy capturing images of people being, well … people. Except for our appallingly destructive tendencies, we are an interesting species. Street photography is more interesting than zoo photography because the subjects aren’t (usually) caged. It’s like photographing an amazing diversity of creatures in the wild. This past weekend, Tucson was wild.
If you are a subscriber to SouthernArizonaGuide.com (FREE) you received our Tucson Meet Yourself slideshow in your email inbox this morning. Otherwise, if you’re interested in this sort of thing, you can find it by going to Tucson Meet Yourself October 2013. In the meantime, here are a few shots that I like but did not make it into the slideshow.
I wasn’t the only one trying to get a great shot of the festivities. Almost everyone had a camera, whether an iPhone or a DSLR.
All the young children who performed were delightful. But I captured the images a few of the kids in the audiences. I just like this one particularly. She’s a cutie.
This big Hopi Dancer is maybe 15 and undoubtedly over 300 pounds. I’m no one to point a finger at the overweight since I carry an unnecessary 50 pounds. But I felt sorry for this boy. He seemed very sad.
Many people brought their dog. All the ones I saw were on a leash or in a purse and reasonably well-behaved given all the activity & noise. They all seemed to enjoy themselves.
I took a lot of shots of the Duke’s (Lowrider) Classic Cars. This black & yellow Chevy is hardly a classic yet. Just wait 50 years.
Sunday afternoon we walked over to Jo’s La Cocina Cantina in the courtyard of the Old Town Artisans for a sit-down lunch & a beer. This gentleman played banjo, fiddle, piccolo and a few other musical instruments. The songs he played and the stories that accompanied them were from America’s Gold Rush era. A fun history lesson.
Rhonda Wilson is a master Tohono O’odham basket weaver. She demonstrated some of her techniques.
Neighbor Roy has been collecting Native American baskets for over 40 years. His magnificent collection will eventually go to the Tucson Museum of Art. Of course he had much to discuss with Rhonda.
As beautiful as it is, I tried to talk Neighbor Roy out of buying it because he literally has no place to display even one more. With that, we headed home. A marvelous, joyous festival.