"Hi, Dave I have been to your site quite regularly enjoy your photgraphy very much. I am especially touched by your Bronx collection- they are filled with such depth. Does taking such emotional photos ever get to you?"
Actually, I didn't think that I captured the emotions that I felt about returning to the Bronx. It's a good question though -- what do I feel when I'm shooting?
To be honest -- well why not be honest -- I am usually concentrating on more technical things while I'm shooting. I don't mean what focal length or what exposure -- but what is the shot about? What should be excluded from the frame. What should be in the center, the left edge -- things like that.
That determines focal length, depth of field etc.
Sometimes I'm thinking -- how can I even take this picture without disturbing the subject.
And sometimes, when I'm in the zone -- I'm not thinking about anything at all.
Afterwards -- especially recently as I'm going through some sort of re-evaluation of old images -- they do get to me. I almost always remember, no matter how long ago the shot was taken, what I was feeling or thinking at the time. That is fascinating since my memory is not very good about other things.
I don't remember names, or birthdays, or even what I was doing in other areas of my life years ago, but I do remember the camera, the lens, and the circumstances of almost every image on the site.
For example: Here I was thinking -- can I shoot this without getting my own face bashed in. And I was thinking, they are all so involved in what they're doing, they won't notice me -- hopefully.