That was a loving line at a memorial for my great aunt at her funeral. It was spoken years before her passing by her long-departed husband. Something about it must have resonated because their sons, my cousins, loved to say it whenever possible.
“I want to go to there.”
This phrase was used on numerous occasions in the TV show 30 Rock. It was spoken by the character played by Tina Fey and is attributed to Tina’s daughter who used it frequently in her toddler days.
“Damn that sneaker inner.”
This is my line. Any photographer who works in public spaces will immediately understand what I mean. So will every reporter who has ever had a stand-up invaded.
The likelihood that someone will enter a perfectly composed shot at the most inopportune time is the closest thing to a sure thing as you’ll find in life.
This “grab shot” in a library was a perfect example. I was setting up the shot and noticed a chair or two out of place. Instead of just taking the picture, I walked down some stairs to arrange things just right.
By the time I returned to my perch 60 seconds later, some sneaker inner had taken up residence.
I only have myself to blame.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.