Going in the street to take photographs of people is quite challenging for me.
Street photography. Round 01
The first time I had a film camera into my hand, I couldn’t wait to use it and I went out at night to try it. Soon after, I was adjusting settings to photograph a wall when a guy walked by. I pressed the shutter. He gazed me, crossed the road and I can still hear his threatening voice ‘Did you take a picture of me?’ . I denied and continued my walk, with a fear to meet him again. Unfortunately, nothing appeared when I developed the film so I will never see his face again.
Street photography. Round 02
And then, I tried a couple of times to experience street photography more as candid shots. I went in crowded areas (markets, shopping streets, events, sightseeing places…) and took some candid shots, without asking people, and I sometimes felt uncomfortable when they realized I took a photograph of them, even if I pretended to look at ‘something’ next to them. They were sometimes interesting but not a great photograph.
Street photography. Round 03
After, I decided to interact with people, by introducing me as a photographer and talking with them. The first time, I hold my camera and spotted intreating people to photograph. However, I didn’t dare once to ask them, or when I was going to approach them, they left away. I didn’t even take one photographs. The following times, I dared to ask a few, with a lot of negative answers, that didn’t help me to become more confident. One teenager was really nice and cooperative. She was the first I can pretend to be successful as a human task (even if the quality is not so good).
I MUST go out, and continue to practice, again and AGAIN to slowly get CONFIDENCE.
Approach, interact and speak with strangers is not only useful as a photographer.
It is a LIFE lesson.