When I was on vacation in Dominican Republic this past Summer I marveled at all the “real life” photos I would get.
As we drove by countless barrios filled with eclectic people, buildings and just general moments I became giddy
and I saw in my mind how these photos would look.
My first real opportunity came when we drove into the small fishing village close to the beach house where we stayed.
The road wad no road; rather a potholed muddy lane that required four wheel drive and a good supportive sports bra to take it on.
As we slowly pushed ahead we passed by an old weathered man sitting on a chair by the road in front of his very poor but very photogenic
rustic little house. His face was lined and expressive, his eyes full of humor. He was chewing a pipe for goodness sake! He was perfect!
“Ask him for the shot!” I urged in my head. But in the end I chickened out. When we passed by on the way back I chickened out twice.
The next day I was 0 for 3.
That pretty much sums up my approach to street photography.
Even when aiming for someone who isn’t looking, I clamp up, afraid that SOMEONE will see and yell; “Hey! What are you doing!?!”
Trickier still, is captuing not just random people or happenings but capturing a moment that has some meaning or tells a story.
I like the idea and the challenge of street photography. Plus, I like that it’s as easy as taking a walk or sitting down on a bench and waiting.
I’m making it a little goal of mine to get better at it, to conjure up the guts to ask an interesting stranger
for the shot and to practice shooting from the hip without getting nothing but sidewalk in the frame.
Here’s a sprinkling of shots from the past few weeks…
From my homeland…
And my hometown…
What’s your approach to street photography? I would love to know.
“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends.
I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all. Yet through my images,
I live with them.”