I was asked to look into my archive for an image for an article being written by a friend . It resulted in me browsing through a set of images that I took back in 2009, when I was teaching a photo workshop in New York.
Most of the images made that day were created more for scouting locations rather than walking away with some good imagery. So, I didn't give many of these photographs any consideration when I made them and after I returned home. I simply downloaded the images and moved on to the next project.
But today, I fell on this image and something struck me about it. As a color image, it didn't work for me, which is likely why I didn't give it much thought. But I thought it might make for an interesting black and white. So, I tweaked the raw file from the Olympus E-3 I was using at the time and then opened it up in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Selective dodging and burning helped to focus more on the woman. In a way, she seems like she's locked in her own glass box, whiles the steady buzz of city thrums around her.
I wish I had more time to scour through the thousands of images I have on my hard drive to see whether there are another other hidden gems there. I am always so focused on the next image I haven't made yet. I have a very short attention span which may be to my detriment. However, as this image shows, it may be worth the time to more carefully explore the images I've made in the past and see whether I can rediscover an image that I too easily overlooked.