Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NYC #3: Street Photography

True street photography is a hard thing to do--at least for me. Brazenly raising your camera to your eye and pointing it at a stranger on the street that can see exactly what you are doing is not easy. Most people don't really want some weirdo on on the street taking their picture, especially without asking.
None of these people knew I was photographing them. The top two images were shot from my waist as I walked. It it a miracle the man on the Brooklyn Bridge is as sharp as he is.
If you ever want a challenge to get out of your comfort zone, try photographing people on the street. (I didn't take that challenge, just for the record).



4 comments:

James and Lucy Millward said...

don't worry, you didn't seem like to much of a weirdo trying to take people's photos. I really like the first two.

Alberto Botella said...

I know exactly what you have been through. I have been there many times. I can guarantee you that it gets better with time and experience.
I have been at it for over 2 years and some times I still feel like a "weirdo"
You can see my efforts and judge whether it's worth it. I think so, very rewarding.

fauxsure said...

I really like the one of the guy getting in the cab. I guess it's no consolation to tell you my friend Dave Schubert got stabbed for taking someone's picture (but Dave's pretty gnarly and fearless about stuff). There's nothing wrong with shooting from the hip....it's all documentary to me.

the coltons said...

the last one is my fav.