I was tagging old photos today and came across this one of a photo shoot in progress at Tulsa’s Woodward Park of a bride and and all the maids of honor. I think it was early October 2016. I thought it was kind of funny. Some of them didn’t appreciate my photographic endeavors.
One of my guilty pleasures is people watching and taking photos of other people in public spaces. I call them “Innocent Bystanders.” I’ve been at it a long time but since Covid that hasn’t happened too much since I am doing my best to stay from people. I don’t take photos of my people that might embarrass them or show them in a unflattering light. I put a lot of them on instagram and more than once I get a comment like, “Hey that’s my girlfriend!” And I respond with something like “Well you are a lucky dude is what I think.”
The photo above is from the late 1980’s when Heather and I went on a cruise. They had a midnight buffet one night with all these ice sculptures. Heather had me take photos of all the sculptures but truth be told I don’t care about sculptures. I loved the people watching. This couple were kind of like the rest of us, all dressed up and don’t know what to do next.
The photo was taken in dim light with a film camera so it is quite grainy.
I have no idea what happened to the couple. The ship were on was Royal Caribbean’s “Song of America.” It has been sold and renamed several times and served various duties including a stint as a hotel ship during the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. It is now known as the MS Celestyal Olympia owned by Louis Cruise Lines. It has been inactive the past year due to the pandemic.
Last week I was coming out the Subway on Denver Avenue when this bicyclist came riding by and I snapped the pic. Later on I realized how much I liked the geometry of the pic the stripes in the road, the curbs the cars lined up, the lines of the parking garage across the way with the rectangular openings. The trees even have geometry. The bottoms of the canopies are lined up and the tops of the canopies form a big wedge and the white Oxy Building with its lattice design. Against this we have the bicyclist with his green helmet, the bright red car, and if you look carefully, the gas lights across the road.
Have you ever liked a photograph but then had to figure out why?
Saturday the flowers were blooming and the sun was shining at Woodward Park. It’s that time of year when Spring is Springing but the trees haven’t leafed out yet.
The critters were out scrounging around.
People were flocking to enjoy the sun and the quiet of the place.
This couple went old school with a blanket and a dog. I wish we had dogs that could just lay down and be quiet in a public place. No way, especially with a bunch of squirrels that need a good barking and chase.
I was totally jealous of this guy or gal. I’d never seen a hammock that closes up like this. What a great place to take a nap.
Like I said, everybody was catching rays.