Week 15 – 099/365
Happy week 15 everyone! Since I owe another post today, I’ll be celebrating my 100th day 8D
For those of you that do not know, my dear fellow blogger and reader Javier is responsible for these street photography posts. Mostly I was inspired by a game he has posted at DPS called =Capture a Stranger Street Style= he has posted over at the DPS forums. Since we have ‘met’, he has posted a guest post here with several images and is a commenter on the site.
I’ve been thinking about the subject lately and I’ve been thinking that taking candid street photos is like a sport or hunting.
For one thing, you have to choose where you will be shooting. Is it crowded? Will people notice/care that you have your camera out? Are there tourists in the area?
I find that positioning myself in tourist traps is the best place to take pictures. People are so busy looking at the sights or getting accosted by hustlers or taking photos that they do not notice me aiming directly at them rather then buildings.
Tourists (and natives) are interesting subjects. In places like Times Square, they have strange expressions or clothing or mannerisms that make them fun to capture.
One concern for me is getting caught. Sometimes the subjects are looking directly at the camera. Are they looking at me? Are they looking past me? Are they looking at me but somewhere else in their head? I almost never know.
I can count on maybe one or two hands the number of times I’ve been caught, and only once had I been approached by it. I never posted that image because it came out very bad (heavy camera shake, way overexposed), but I imagine being confronted wouldn’t have made me not put it online.
What would I do if someone angrily confronted me? That’s another reason why I choose to shoot in crowded areas: if I needed a quick escape, there are plenty of people I can lose myself in and plenty of sub areas to jump down into.
Regarding the one time I was confronted, it was outside Central Park on my way home. I saw an adorable couple in their late 20’s/early 30’s walking my way. On their right were the horses that take carriages of tourists around Central Park. I decided to try and shoot when she was laughing and jogging a few paces ahead of him. Unexpectedly, she jerked her head in my direction, then looked back at her boyfriend and alerted him to me. Being startled at that point is probably what caused the camera shake. The boyfriend came over and asked “did you take a picture of her?” I denied it, saying I was taking a picture of the horses and she stepped in frame. He apologised and they left, probably forgetting about me instantly.