Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

May I Take Your Photograph

One of the things that I have difficulty with is asking someone I don't know out 'on the street' to take their photo. For the last several weekends, the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival has been ongoing. It was cloudy on Sunday and so I thought it would be a good time to go to make photographs. My goal was to ask people (well, the actors anyway) if I could take their photo, so as to get used to just asking. They were all happy to oblige and I started to feel more comfortable with the process. I'm not sure though if that will translate to feeling comfortable asking strangers on the street, but it's a start!

© Howard Grill

© Howard Grill


This lovely woman, who was was selling parasols, was one of many who were glad to oblige. I liked the idea of placing myself in a position where the lines of the parasol seemed to emanate from her.