The Connection by Al McDermid

The Connection by Al McDermid


Street photography is defined by wikipedia as “a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.” I discovered ‘street’ photography shortly after joining Deviant Art, decided to give it a try, and started shooting people doing what people do. I’m not sure what I was after when I shot ‘The Connection’ since I didn’t at first realize that the two subjects were looking at each other. Street photos are like that; sometimes to get what you’re after, sometimes you get lucky. It’s part of the fun.

 – Al McDermid

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15 responses to “The Connection by Al McDermid

  1. This is a terrific picture and reminds me somewhat of Steiglitz work, but with a modern touch

  2. I can’t help but think Amy Winehouse heading home after a hard night while the commuters are already up and at ’em.

  3. I like this photo – it seems much sadder because of the writing in the background.

  4. I love how he’s walking the straight and narrow while she takes a diagonal direction! Great shot, Al.

  5. These two characters in this slick urban photo seem so directly linked to the theme and shards, fragments of the wonderful stories here. I like the black and white landscape, the guarded, hands-in-pockets, shoulder-bagged male approaching the open, hair-piled-on-head, booted (dancer?) female. Two strangers, and yet are they? Are we ever really stranger, completely, to another?

  6. Len Kuntz

    i love this. there’s so much to look at. even the asian characters on the sign add a whole other dimension. terrific.

  7. Annette

    Great shot Al! My dad used to take lots of these types of photos, some won him prizes, some were published, and all (thousands of them) are catalogued and filed for us to view. They show that the ordinary can be quite extraordinary, it all depends on how you view the world. Where can we view more of your photos?

  8. Kim Hutchinson

    Nice! She’s cutting across all kinds of lines in this.

  9. I love Al’s photography! Have I said that before? You probably already know it….

  10. grey johnson

    Al, this is such an interesting photo, and your explanation of this art form makes it even more so. I can think of two stories already, and that is the wonder of such things.

  11. I love this photo, it’s been haunting me all week. The guy mesmerizes me (yeah, he’s hot, but…), there’s something about his nonchalance and brazeness staring at the woman who’s staring back. I love that the writing is Chinese, which makes him the out-of-place character. You are so dang talented. Peace…

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