Pensive observation

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San Diego, February 24, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

A little bit unusual for me is this photograph of a man I observed who was standing on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean in San Diego looking out to sea. Unusual in that I am much more prone to photograph “things” than “people”, so a visual stretch for me. Probably helps me a lot that he was not looking at me.

I am pretty sure I know what he was watching, which were the US Naval/Marine maneuvers I had noticed earlier off in the same direction. He was very absorbed while holding his stance for a pretty long duration. I had thought about another perspective for this photograph that might include the Navy ships and activity on the near horizon, but I felt that this composition was ambiguous and mysterious, thus a stronger and perhaps more interesting photograph.



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