“Winter Rain” by Preston Bolton

On an extremely cold winter day in Tokyo, Japan, when rain was pouring down and the wind was really strong, I noticed a chance to capture a moment that showed a person’s strong will. I’m always curious about how people handle tough weather, so when I saw an elderly man struggling against the wind and rain, holding onto his umbrella and a bag of groceries, I felt drawn to the challenge he faced. The lines on his face, weathered by the elements, revealed a story of resilience, and in that intense moment, I knew I had to capture it through my camera lens. With a simple click, I turned his struggle into a meaningful image.

At that moment, raindrops created a chaotic scene around him, and I sensed the importance of preserving the essence of his determination. The decision to capture this fleeting instance became crucial – a commitment to freeze time and capture the blend of human spirit and nature’s power. The old man’s face, marked by both time and hardships, became the center of a story that went beyond the picture frame.

With each breath he took, soaked in rain, the elderly man’s expression communicated a silent conversation with the elements – a quiet testimony to his inner strength. As the shutter clicked, I translated this emotional encounter into pixels, capturing the merging of vulnerability and strength. The resulting image portrayed more than just a struggle against the elements; it reflected a poignant illustration of the unbreakable human spirit.

As the raindrops continued to fall, the photograph encapsulated more than just a scene; it became a visual testament to the unique beauty that emerges when people and nature confront challenges together. The play of light and shadow, frozen by the click of the camera, conveyed a story that resonated beyond what the eyes could see.

In the frozen moment, the elderly man’s determination seamlessly blended with the rhythm of the raindrops, creating an image that spoke volumes without saying a word. Through the lens, I had distilled not just a visual moment but a testament to the strength inherent in the human experience.

What are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

I believe that the intense look on the elderly gentleman’s face while holding the umbrella and groceries, coupled with the rain and the slow shutter speed of the camera, creates a very impactful image.

If you could make this photo again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

I would try to capture him a few seconds earlier in order to get the entire umbrella in the frame.

Preston Bolton shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Preston Bolton, Tokyo, Japan


Equipment and settings

Ricoh GR IIIx
ISO 400, 1/15 sec.

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