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Pedestrians at the corner

All photos by Wells Baum

At the corner,
Patiently waiting,
At least trying to,
Fidgeting instead,
Generation thumbs pecking at the phone,
A passing bus emits CO2 into the air,
We breathe in street dust,
Overtaken by wafting the delivery man’s pizza,


Staring at the other side,
Eavesdropping on each other’s chatter,
The newcomers give the placebo button another pinch,
A living signal turns white,
Twenty seconds to cross,
The clock ticks,
We all go together,
Dog trotting to safety,

One minute united at the corners,
Signalling styles,
Anonymous the next,
Walkers dignified as pedestrians,
Jealous of those who stayed behind.

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Bill Rauhauser: ‘I don’t just shoot willy-nilly..’ ๐Ÿ“ธ

Bill-Rauhauser-Credit-Carlos-DiazDetroit street-photographerย Bill Rauhauserย compelled himself to see, taking photos up until the day he died. “I don’t just shoot willy-nilly,” he said, “I wait for something to happen.”

Learn more about Bill and his work in theย video below. Read his obituary in The Detroit News.

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Creativity Photography Tech

Nick Turpin on the evolution of street photography

Images by Wells Baum

โ€œYou have to be physically and mentally present to recognize these things and be ready for them, to recognize that something special is happening on the street in front of you. That really is the skill. Itโ€™s almost more important than getting the photograph. Itโ€™s recognizing the significance of something.”

— Nick Turpin, How Our Changing Cities Are Transforming Street Photography

Our third eye, be it smartphone or standalone point and shoot camera, is only as good as the two we were born with.

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New York, crispy and cool. Sweater weather is back in town.
New York, crispy and cool. Sweater weather is back in town.
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