Nobody has ever asked me what I know about banners and other flag-like tapestries. The short answer is that I know nothing.
However, I do like them if I can incorporate them into a portrait as a background element. That’s what I did here on a stock session in Manhattan.
Just a few blocks north of Times Square, I found an interesting spot on Seventh Avenue that was ideal for photography. This location didn’t have the visual chaos of that famous crossroads.
At first, I didn’t notice the banners. Only upon review of some test frames did they reveal themselves.
After the session finished, I bought a coffee and made my way back to the plaza where those flags were flying. As I sipped and stared, it was clear that some things look better in a photograph than they do in real life.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.