Have You Been Confronted By Someone Whose Photo You Took?
I’ve been fortunate to have never encountered much more than a crazy look or two. My hypothesis as to why some photographers run into confrontations more than others consists of two parts:
- The area in which street photography is being attempted. For example, I’ve had several photographers share with me the problems they encountered when doing street photography in various parts of the U.K. Each of them suspected it was due to street photography not being understood in those areas. I’m in no position to personally vouch for their suspicions, but it makes sense to me that if you try to do street photography in places where people aren’t accustomed to it, you’re likely to be met with some resistance.
- The photographer. Remember that little bit about basic decency? Have some. If you don’t, it won’t matter where you’re shooting — people will react negatively toward you simply because they don’t like your attitude.
Is There A Certain Theme You Go For?
When I’m shooting on the street I’m just looking for moments that stand out to me. Humorous, intimate, insightful, even mundane moments that still somehow manage to evoke a sense of familiarity. If I see it and I like it, I try to get the shot.