Handle With Care

Along the parade route.


That’s what second lines are really about. Of course there is music, paraders, social and benevolent societies, food and drink. The real point is to say hello to friends. Some who you saw just yesterday. Some who you haven’t in seen in a long time.

It’s the hug and smile that makes this picture. Nothing else.

It is my job to work close enough that I can make a fairly powerful picture, and far enough away that I don’t disturb them. The debate about consent rages on. I’m out of it. I have only one question to ask. If I had stopped these two men to ask their consent, would I have caught such a wonderful moment?

That’s my job as a photographer. To make powerful photographs. I’d go so far as to say when I photograph faux nature images that I’m not doing my job.

Stay safe. Enjoy every cob of corn.



6 responses to “Handle With Care”

  1. lizmcleodblog Avatar

    The picture is lovely. Did you ask the participants after you took the picture if it was okay to post? That’s the rub for many, especially those protesting. Police are using facial recognition, even on social media to find protestors and arrest…


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you.

      In a word. No.

      Why would I? They have no expectation of privacy, being on a public street. Anyone who asks permission is practicing a form of prior restraint against themselves and thereby trying to reduce the import of The First Amendment.

      That’s a BS story. It’s gotten passed around until lazy reporters and their lazier editors are publishing a version of it. Pure common sense tells you that PDs across the country just don’t have the time or the cash to use facial rec software unless they are looking for a particular person. They know the fallout of arresting multiple people for practicing their First Amendment rights. One more thing about facial rec software. In order to use it successfully pictures of people have to be in their database.

      Oh yeah. From a technical point of view. I made that photograph with a 24mm lens. To fill the frame as I did meant I was standing about 2 feet away from them…

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  2. T Ibara Photo Avatar

    I love this image, and really appreciate your insight into it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I am trying to talk a littl e more about the back stories of the pictures.


  3. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    That’s one great smile!

    Liked by 1 person

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