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I gotta be honest and admit that this is one of those "happy surprises" ("happy accidents"?)... but the truth is that you've got to be out there shooting a ton for them happen, right? I found where I wanted to be, chose all the settings, and waited. I knew that kids were running around and had already taken a solid pic, just waited for the right moment to come along and clicked away.
This is another photo from Zapopum, a month-long performing arts festival here in Zapopan, Mexico, just outside of Guadalajara, more or less in the central highlands. I'd read about the inflatable village, saw a photo, and took off running to take photos in it!
I know that people that know much more than me about photography have suggested that we shoot close to home, shoot what we know, but I would also say that it's important to check into unique photo opportunities outside of what we're familiar with. This photo basically shot itself, all I did was be aware of where the cool opportunities were going to be.
When I went through my photos I was pleased with many of them, but this one made me stop - it just grabbed me. And still grabs me. I think there's something unconsious happening, because, to me at least, it's very powerful. The word "archetypal" comes to mind, but I can't explain any further.
Tell me if it affects you like that, too.
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