It hap­pened like that

Flukes in street shoot­ing de­pend on putting in the time

NPhoto - - Niko Pedia -

Ev­ery so of­ten you’ll come across mo­ments and scenes that any­one can see and make sense of. These are not re­ally to do with hav­ing a spe­cially cal­i­brated pho­tog­ra­pher’s eye for things, al­though you will need to make sure that you show the co­in­ci­dence in a clear and ev­i­dent way. These are what the writer of the book I men­tioned ear­lier, Joseph Mazur, calls flukes. These are un­ex­pected suc­cesses, by ac­ci­dent or chance. They fall into the cat­e­gory of ‘what are the chances of com­ing cross some­thing like THAT?’ and this is just one such ex­am­ple. The orang­utan stuffed toy is a pro­mo­tional de­vice for a shop, and so that’s in­ten­tion­ally in place. Noth­ing strange there, just a lit­tle quirky. But the con­struc­tion worker tak­ing a nap? Noth­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily ex­plains the co­in­ci­dence. You might won­der that in the case of flukes like this, what mean­ing­ful ad­vice could any­one give? That’s what the book calls the ‘law of truly large num­bers’. Such co­in­ci­dences de­pend on the num­ber of hours you put into walk­ing around and look­ing. Sim­ply that. This is, in­ci­den­tally, en­dorse­ment for the value of smart phones. Even if you weren’t in­ten­tion­ally out shoot­ing, the phone in your pocket can save the day… or at least the mo­ment.

A Chi­nese con­struc­tion worker takes a nap in a Shang­hai street, with­out re­al­is­ing what he’s mim­ick­ing

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