When I chose to try my hand at street photography, I knew there would be risks — it involved shooting candid photos of strangers. Would I approve of someone putting a camera in my face and snapping a photo without permission? I wasn’t sure, it depended on how the photographer approached me and acted. Would the people I photograph feel the same way? I had to reconcile these two issues and that would take time.
At first I used a 200mm lens so I could stand away from the subject and not be seen. Or, if I had to run, at least I’d have a head start. This actually worked, and I posted several photographs on the blog of these early shoots . But in the long run I knew I’d have to get closer.
As time passed, however, I discovered that I had to commit to becoming a street photographer. If that is what I wanted to do I had to learn to photograph people head on — no more shots of people sitting on a beach looking away. No more backs!
I decided on a “tough love” approach. For several weeks I shot nothing but candid photos, straight on, in-your-face shots. I did not concern myself with composition. This would come later. I can honestly say that after the initial photos I felt empowered and on my way to conquering the fear that had held me back. As somebody said, “There is an exciting life outside your comfort zone.” Below are a few of the first photos.
(The following photographs are split into sections: Street Portraits where the subject has agreed to being photographed and Caught Moments in which people are unaware of being photographed.)
Street Portraits …
Galveston, Tx. This is Sam. He is retired and loves feeding seagulls along the Galveston seawall. He feeds them out-of-date bread that he buys from a local bakery. He told me the gulls are his family and he can actually distinguish one from another.
Caught Moments …