Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Mag - 12 October 2014

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter." -  Alfred Eisenstaedt, photographer and photojournalist


Self Portrait Vivian Maier

aka, The Nanny

"We have to make room for other people.  It's a wheel.  You get on.  You go to the end.  And someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end.  And so on.  And somebody else takes their place." - Vivian Maier

When I grow up
I long to be

just like the -
secret street photographer
that folks
call Vivian.
 She's a matter of fact
tell it like it is gal
snapping to evoke
the very nature of folks.

A hands on the hip kind of gal
showing young minds
the world outside
even if it blows their minds.

I'd go on a shooting spree
not to fill up
a shutter of captures
like a pornographer
might do
but rather
just like Vivian
shooting life's little details
her focus 
not so much on crocus
but rather
bits of ruckus
upon ordinary streets

People at their most silly, or vulnerable moments

being just like
a demographer
or a autobiographer
one shutter at a time
taking 150 thousand captures
like a secret street photographer-

I see a lot of myself within Vivian Maier and her captures.

To see a short clip of her work check out the link below.


Karen S. said...

FYI, Only the first photo was taken by Vivian, the rest are mine!

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for clarifying that! i wondered! well done, karen!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

The wheel of life until we get off. Karen I haven't seen much of you lately. Miss you and bravo on your write. Women are stonger we have to have kids. Ha ha!

Berowne said...

"Impressive" is the word...

Carrie Van Horn said...

Love these photos of yours have put together quite a masterpiece of word and photography. :-)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very cool!

Linda said...

Very neat, Karen! :)

DeniseinVA said...

I shall enjoy checking those out, thank you Karen. Enjoyable post as always :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ah...I remember her story.

All I know is...I want to visit the Alps now.

sage said...

I like your selfie (the last one) with happy children

Jeanie said...

Have you seen the full film? Her work is simply amazing.

Cloudia said...

I love the things you show us, K

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= . <3

i b arora said...

imaginative, i like it

Other Mary said...

A great combination of words and images. I nice way to highlight Vivian Maier, and I certainly see the connection to you and your photos.

Tess Kincaid said...

Thoroughly enjoyed...I'm so into her photography right now...

Kutamun said...

You see a world that is so full of life because of your vibrant spirit ....good on you !

Vandana Sharma said...


Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

So, you want to be a paparazzi when you grow up?

aspiritofsimplicity said...


Susan Anderson said...

Terrific stuff!



Anita said...

Beautifully expressed!
Lovely pics :)
Even I fancy myself as a photographer!