Once again, thanks for all the compliments and words of encouragement on yesterday’s post. I did a terrible job of explaining the contest… It was open to military members and contractors who have served overseas anytime in the past 10 years. There were over 2000 photographers who submitted their work, and they narrowed the field to 88. The next step is the big one, with all those prominent judges picking their favorites. The entries were broken in to 5 categories, and did not necessarily have to be military related (The reason I submitted a few of those) but rather photos that were captured during your time overseas. 10 photographers will be chosen in the next month or so, and a reception at the Smithsonian Museum will be taking place in late November. A book with all of the top images is said to be in the works, proceeds going to charity. Anyways, thanks for the support and I will post an update when more info comes out!
Today I have a nice little portrait for you, as well as an idea that you might want to implement in to your photography bag of tricks while shooting street.
First off, this quietly content old man sits on the little causeway leading to Castel dell Uovo (the Egg Castle) day after day playing music on his curious looking violin. He seems to always have the same look on his face – neither amused nor annoyed, happy nor sad, he looks purely satisfied with life. That’s what I see anyways… What do you see?
Now, to actually get a shot like this is easy as pie. I actually “buy” these photo opportunities. Let me explain… For street performers who look interesting or would provide for a good photo, I will usually hand them a Euro, which seems pretty fair to get their undivided attention for 15 seconds or so. Enough time for you to compose 5-6 different shots. I have actually never been turned away, and people are usually more than happy to pose for you. Make sure you toss them a smile when you toss that Euro. A smile can help break the comfort barrier more often than not.
Another awesome subject for street photography is the homeless. I’m serious. Some of their faces tell so many stories. Their deep eyes, detailed wrinkles, shaggy hair… It can be incredibly beautiful. I do not usually give money to the beggars and homeless I see around Europe, but I will “purchase” the rights to take their photo. Most of the time I will communicate with my eyes and my hand movements, my intentions usually coming across clearly. People are happy to give me their attention for a minute or so for a little change. On occasion, I will get a shy person, or someone who really does not want their photo taken. I usually do not push the issue – You win some and you lose some. Don’t forget to show your subject a few of the photos on the LCD after the first couple of shots. This will get you a smile or chuckle and hopefully open the subject up for more dedicated time to your cause (photographing them!).
So, next time you are searching out creative, compelling street photos, try to reach outside of your comfort zone, talk to strangers, and capture some beauty!
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