Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot
‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’
I often come back to a photo I took of a young girl named Emily. It was after a parade in the city, and we were in Central Park and she was walking with her family, transitioning from the activity of the day and the public realm back to the a more private frame of mind. We met there, psychologically, and the photo happened very quickly. It was a quiet but real connection and was one of the first times I felt successful in communicating the honest quality of the moment. Maybe I see myself in her, or perhaps it is just that the photo combines many elements that I appreciate in photography, but somehow the memory of the meeting, and the image, stay with me as one in the same.
Erica McDonald runs DEVELOP, an organisation that provides resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community.