Why did I take this Schwartz’s photo?

Schwartz's Deli
Schwartz’s Deli

Today’s post is a little bit of a stretch in terms of my usual photography. There’s no landscapes here, or pretty nature scenes. Instead, I give you a photo I took with my film camera when I went to Montreal many years ago. There is usually a reason as to why I take each photo—especially when I use film. So looking back at this photo, it’s interesting to figure out what my reasoning was for taking it.

This was taken at the famous Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal. From the back of the store, looking toward the front door, I took this right after eating my meal. The line of people sitting on the stool on the left created a nice guide for the viewer’s eyes to lead to the Schwartz’s sign and the people waiting by the door. It’s a balanced photo and one that I think works well.

The people sitting on the table to the right completes the photo with the red carpet in the middle providing some space amongst the chaos of people. Perhaps the expression on the man’s face intrigued me at that time as well.

This was an interesting exercise to look back at older photos and decipher why I took the photo to begin with. Not only does it jog your brain a little, it gives you some practice in using photography rules as well. It’s a win-win situation!

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