For me, Street Photography is a therapy. It allows me to stop thinking about my troubles, and concentrate on capturing other peoples emotions and goings on. It helps me focus on the NOW, and not the past. When we are too wrapped in our-self, or our own life’s issues, the best thing to do is to change what we are thinking. That is easy, really, it is just a thought away. But, keeping that new thought at the top is the challenge we have. The answer is to do something that can coordinate our thoughts with our actions. For me, I grab one of my cameras and head downtown. By walking the streets of Downtown Indianapolis, I start to become a part of street, that is, I act like these are my home town streets I grew on, and observe what everyone is doing. It doesn’t take long to totally forget whatever was bugging me, and get intrenched in the others around me. This helps me become more sensitive to the others, and see an opportunity to capture moments of the people around me.
You see, in these photos you see other people thinking about their own issues, we are not alone with personal issues. I guess, seeing others handling their issues helps us have a bit of empathy and understanding, and hopefully, our photographs, reflect this. That makes a great Street Photograph.
“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz
Another thing that happens is that I meet new people, even if only for a passing moment. I do engage with some of the people I have just photographed (never before I have photographed). This is an important part of Street Photography to me. It helps me become “One” with the Street, if you know what I mean. “A good Street Photographer will be become invisible to others. That means you are not drawing attention to yourself. You don’t wear loud cloths, and act crazy and load. You don’t stalk people. You respect others space, you blend in. You are the Street”, my quote 😉
You may noticed I have many of my subjects off center, I tried face detection, but, it isn’t fast enough for Street Photography. I use the touch screen LCD more and more with Street Photography. It is fast, and accurate because YOU determine what the camera will focus on. AND, you can adjust the size if AF spot to be very small if you want. Placing a subject off center helps make a better composition in most cases.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Photography can be very therapeutic.
- An Odd Number of Tips for Street Photography(Pixelogist.me)