Last week my wife and I had the pleasure of taking the kids to Disney World. Spending 3 days bouncing around the Magic Kingdom and Epcot with two little girls and a toddler is incredibly fun and insanely exhausting, and figuring out a way to be a photographer at the same time is a little tricky. So I picked one lens to use, my trusty old Nikon 50mm f/1.4D. As a guy who shots a lot of events with zoom lenses so I can catch all the action, using one prime lens was a good exercise in deliberate photography. Shooting one handed with a squirming baby in the other while keeping track of the rest of my clan earned me my “photographer dad” black belt.
At an amazing, vibrant place like Disney, it’s tempting to get wrapped up in the excitement and take lots of wide, colorful shots. To cram in as much fun as possible. So I decided to take a different approach. I looked for details and architectural elements that intrigued me, and avoided including people. My goal was to take the happiest place on earth and make it look like a ghost town. Not because I’m a killjoy and hate fun, but because I needed to create a project for myself that made me think.
You might wonder how, with 80 billion people milling around stuffing cotton candy in their faces, I was able to get any pictures at all without people in them, let alone a whole collection. Then you might accuse me of defiling the sanctity of my art with [gasp!] Photoshop!!!!
Did I edit people out? Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t…. you’ll never know.