Reno In Contrast #1

On a chilly day in May 2015, I was struck by the interesting contrast between the Hughes/Truckee Lane Building and the towering Arlington Towers across West First Street. They contrast for obvious reasons: style, color, size, and era built, for example. I took what I thought was a pretty darn good photograph and was about to turn away when I noticed a young man, sitting on the cold, hard concrete bench to my right. His bike was propped up nearby and he was strumming a guitar. As I was looking at this fellow, another person walked over to a trash can right in the middle of the scene I had just photographed. This person had a red head covering, and over a leather coat wore what looked like a light-colored serape.

Arlingtion Tower and the Hughes/Truckee Lane Building on West 1st Street Arlingtion Tower and the Hughes/Truckee Lane Building on West 1st Street

I took a second photograph that day and discovered a contrast that often eludes me—the contrast between a scene without people and the same scene with people. What a difference people make.

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  • P Jo Riley

    So true, Kim! People animate a scene. That's why magazines prefer photo images with people in them. Scenery is nice, but people add another dimension to the visual story.

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