A couple of years ago I had the great fortune to travel to Vienna (known locally as “Wien”, which is where the word “Wiener Schnitzel” comes from) for a business trip. It’s a lovely historical city loaded with culture. One of the things I really love about Europe is the way the historical sections of many major cities (Paris, London, Vienna, etc.) are fairly concentrated and within walking distance of each other. On this trip I had taken an extra day off just to wander around and shoot things– it’s a wonderful place for doing just that. I set out right after breakfast that morning and wandered the city until about 9:00 that night.
I’m not sure why, but when I do travel photography it seems that my favorite photos are not the images of the major landmarks that we all know and love, but more so the triviata that I encounter on my journeys. (Note: I thought I just invented word “triviata”; but it’s a neologism that appeared in literature as far back as 1975, and attributed to Timothy Fullerton. I guess I’ll have to seek fame via other avenues). The photo above, taken from the sidewalk of a side street that the Habsburgs no doubt wandered back in the day, was just such a chance encounter. The facial expressions of the figures seemed to me to beckon out through the shop window to passersby.
More to come…