Lori Sloan: Traffic Light


Generally speaking I am the type of photographer who has to mull things over. Often, I don’t get the shot I want the first time and will head back out on another day with a better understanding of what I need to do.

But with Traffic Light, the usual did not apply. I was just strolling back home from a photo walk with not an image in camera.Not 2 blocks from my home, while waiting for the light to change, there it was: the shadow of the traffic light bending around the corner of a building.

The sun was setting so the light was wonderful and I snapped a few shots while waiting at the corner, but knew that I had not gotten a clean one. Light turned green, I crossed the street diagonally, and waited for the right someone to walk by so I could include that human element.

Soon I realized that the shadow of the traffic light was moving really fast. And then there she was, the woman in the scarlet top. I knew that this was it. Sometimes you just know. Geometry, light, shadow, a scarlet top. A deviation from my usual black and white, but still muted.

I went back a few weeks later to see what other shots I could get. But as the summer wore on, the angle of the sun changed and the height of the new construction increased and my shadow was gone…

Photo of the Month on TAGREE: August 2020






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