Because I Like It

Missoula traffic.

While I was attending a workshop in Missoula, MT a few weeks ago, I shot approximately 1200 photos.  Some were for workshop related assignments and others were for my personal reasons, just capturing the essence of Missoula.  Missoula is the most bicycle friendly town I have ever been in.  Almost as many bicycles as cars and motorcycles and bike racks were in abundance along the sidewalks throughout the town.  Rarely did I see much vehicle traffic, but while walking around town one evening I saw this scene and captured several shots as this motorcyclist was merging with traffic.  This was probably the most traffic I had seen all week!

The sun had just set and the light was starting to diminish but I liked the row of automobile taillights and the green traffic lights proceeding down the street.  The motorcyclist provided a point of focus and it just seems to capture a moment in time.  It’s not a blockbuster photo with any great artistic merit, but I like it and keep returning to it.  Sometimes that’s just enough, when you can say, “I just like this photo!”

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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