It’s no good – I ‘ve always felt uncomfortable with a camera pointed at me. Inherently shy or perhaps like the toddler above, it’s an existential dilemna of the other’s gaze
I can’t therefore with any alacrity turn the camera on others – pointedly or surreptitiously.
At best I can capture people by way of other happenings – as here in the Portrait Gallery. Looking to the left of this scene, a bolder photographer would have focused in close on the happenstance of the visitor’s legs morphing with bearded portrait – -click to enlarge:-
It takes a lot of shots and patience for people and background to come together as an unwritten commentary but could be something like this
or may be this
I’m content to capture people in the anonymity of contextual props – after all both these scenes would have been even duller without the placement of action
Maybe I’ll eventually become less self-conscious at pointing my camera at people but until then am not going to be trying out street photography projects. Time will tell if that is the end or just a terminus.
Some street photography posts I admire :
- Stadtauge – Amazon society
- Alexander Merc: How I view street photography
- Lignum Draco: On the streets of your town
- Lishen photography: Street Photography Brick Lane
and still reading STREET PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTs FROM DAVID GIBSON’S MANUAL