When I began photographing on the streets people were all I focused on. Faces, portraits and interactions were all I wanted to catch. Over the years I slowly drifted away from this, no real reason really as to the why but after seeing this done so successfully by many great photographers, I decided to add it back into my shooting roster. So, using their work as fodder for my own, I have been candidly capturing the faces that interest or intrigue me… again.
For this I knew that getting in close would be the key. I wanted to catch a moment that is clearly read on a face but also have a sense of surroundings, giving the faces a scene to exist in. The challenge, especially when shooting from the hip, was waiting for the last moment I possibly could before I fired off the shutter. It wasn’t always perfect and there were a few misses but I got back into the swing of things fairly easy.
The whole process has helped me realised that I had become a little too narrow-minded in my vision of the street and of what street photography is or should be.
I like to actively seek out interesting light, scenes and scenarios, then wait for the right person to come into the scene to help complete the image. I like this approach; I am comfortable, possibly too comfortable, with this approach but it should not become my only approach. I relearned to watch my world while I wandered. To look and anticipate the moment. My surroundings were no longer avenues of travel between pictures but began to become moments in themselves. It is an exhilarating feeling to find that again.
I watched as couples crossed to find each other, I saw people fumble with technology and I saw people jump out of their skin as birds flew off in front of them. I saw the little pieces of life that make up the whole [I have the photo of the pesky pigeon flying off in front of these two ladies but I prefer the frozen moment of fear that is caught here].
I just need to keep my eyes sharp, get my settings right, get in close and maybe even get me a few street portraits (again).