The daily commute. I spend 4 hours every day commuting to and from work (side note: any good samaritans out there who would be willing to pay me to lounge in street cafes in France and Italy, sipping coffee and eating croissants while I perfect my street photography technique?)
This was one of the rare mornings where the train was not full (it’s usually a sardine can during peak hours) and I took the opportunity to make the shot.
Street photography scares me to death (because I’m paranoid about being punched in the face by someone whose photo I had taken without permission) and yet I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. And I’m also aware that if the moth gets too close, it gets burned. 😖
NOTE TO SELF
- The goal of street photography is to capture emotion, humanity, and depict a person’s character.
- Get close to your subjects.
- Take your camera everywhere – you rarely get a second chance in street photography, so be prepared.
- Think outside the box – powerful ideas and emotions can be portrayed through the simplest of scenes.
- To overcome your fear of street photography, find an interesting spot to sit with your camera. Observing from a comfortable setting will make you feel at ease and can wait for pictures to come to you.
Thank you to Drew Hopper (www.DrewHopperPhotography.com) for these tips.