I went to the park at the bottom of the I-90 bridge last Wednesday with some friends to shoot the bridge as the sun sets. While they were setting up to get some great water shots (which they did), I saw two Asian women fishing against the ominous sky. I walked over the the small dock where they were and they noticed me. They were speaking a language I didn’t recognize, which just means “not English”, and I asked them if I could photograph them while they fished. They gave me the international sign that they don’t speak my language, the shoulder shrug, and smiled. I held up my camera and pointed their way with it and they both laughed and continued on with what they were doing. We engaged and even without a shared language, we were able to make a small connection that created an opening for me. I spent 10-12 minutes with one of them (the other sat in her chair and wasn’t that engaged) as she fished away. At one point, I even got her to pose for me. But it’s this shot that I really love. It looks, to me, painterly as she looks out towards the water and darkening sky and I wonder what she’s pondering and what brought her to this point in life.
I shot this with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens at 1600 ISO.