Finishing where you start could be considered a failure if getting somewhere is the objective. When a “stop and go” sidewalk portrait session is on tap, the journey becomes the destination.
I met my subject at the subway escalators in Columbus Circle. That’s where I captured both the first and last frames of the session as we made our way around in a counter-clockwise direction.
Each segment of our round path had its own look and feel which is the appeal of the location.
It didn’t take long to get into a rhythm which included some natural breathing space. Waiting for our turn to cross the intersecting streets and pausing for pedestrians to pass allowed each frame to be more considered.
I feel that this portrait is the winner of the batch. The ambient light and architecture of the environment completely fit the amiable personality of my subject.
Once around the circle was all it took.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.