Street photography philosophy (2 replies and 2 comments)
Hi Roger and all forum members,
Reading Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb's book on street photography and the poetic image is truly fascinating. Alex Webb's advice to photographing strangers is to "approach situations with a sense of ease or a sense of humor, and with seriousness, gravity, and respect for the culture."
I have gotten a little better at this but find it difficult to approach a group of people with an 18mm and feel confident. I would love to know your philosophy when it comes to this, do you simply approach wordlessly and linger until the right moment happens, or do you make your presence clear and then shoot away?
The photographs I take are usually 'off the cuff' and I have been anonymous or that has been my intent at least.
I find a waist level camera less threatening. It’s how you introduce the camera and how you approach your subject matter that makes a difference. Show an interest in what they are doing and they will understand why you want a picture. Doesn’t always work buts it’s less intimidating for them. Just my two pence worth of wisdom.
Thank you! Candid photography Is so fascinating to me, the ability to freeze a moment in time makes me feel incredibly fortunate to be alive during this period on this garden we call earth.