Monday, September 12, 2011

Inner Vision: 46 - 50

Day 46: 2 Women

When I shot this frame, I mostly saw the symmetry of the two women on either side of the trash can. Carl saw an analysis in the frame: What the women carries reveals information about where each is in her life, how much she needs to buy from the same store.

When: 6 May, 7:02 p.m.
Where: outside Publix, 6th and Alton, South Beach
Inner Thoughts: I saw these two women outside the grocery store, and the way they were standing immediately reminded me of something Carl and I had discussed: put something between two things, and you show that those two things are equal.

Jennifer Kay is a Miami-based reporter for The Associated Press who has enrolled in Iris' IPC Visual Lab. Before moving to Miami in 2005, Kay was an editorial assistant in the AP’s Philadelphia bureau, and previously graduated in 2001 from Dartmouth College, where she was the photography editor of the daily student newspaper. Kay is looking to expand her knowledge of the visual language and to engage in the process of visual story-telling. Her blog will be a common feature for the next several month on the Iris PhotoCollective's Iris Rising series.

Day 47: Blimp
The tiny blimp in the sky is the most interesting thing in the frame. I was initially interested in just the blank space of the white towel, about whether it meant someone was gone or coming back, and why someone would bring such a short towel to sunbathe.

When: 7 May, 3:32 p.m.
Where: poolside, South Beach
Inner Thoughts: I should have kept trying for a different angle. I was really just interested in this white towel and the blank space it was creating in the frame, how it could mean either that someone was coming back or that someone was gone for good.

Day 48: Yulia
This is my second attempt at the round-my-block assignment. I met Yulia early one this Sunday morning, not long after she finished working at my neigborhood bar. I shot several photos of her and two other bartenders whose happy hour happened to be breakfast-time for most other passers-by.

When: 8 May, 7:41 a.m.
Where: outside Dewey's, South Beach
Who: Yulia, a bartender who's just finished work on a Sunday morning.
Inner Thoughts: I'm still documenting my block, and Yulia and a couple co-workers who happened to be some of the people I encountered on my block this morning.

Day 49: Reflection
A tighter crop enhances the monochromatic composition, broken by the red T-shirt. It works because there's a sense of scale, the curves and the straight lines play off each other, and the subject is interacting with his environment. There's also a distortion at his fingertip on the glass, where reality meets imagination.

When: 9 May, 5:29 p.m.
Where: "Morris" sculpture, Lincoln Road, South Beach
Inner Thoughts: I love this glass bubble sculpture because it always has someone in it or walking right up to it, staring into the distorted reflections. I shot this from the second story of the parking garage on the north side of this plaza, and I liked how this angle gave a sense of the sculpture's scale.

Day 50: Circles and Lines
A tighter crop focuses more sharply on how the circles in the bowls and spoons break up the straight lines in the sink. The emptiness of the bowls and jars gives the frame an abstract quality.

When: 10 May, 6:48 p.m.
Where: kitchen, South Beach
Inner Thoughts: Sometimes it's really, really hard to leave the house.


  1. Jennifer, I love your photos! I am so proud of you, your work, and where the IPC journey is taking you!