Anonymous gets no love.
Anonymous gets no love.
I often use street photography as a means to relax and just shoot something different from my portraiture. In a way I guess my street photos help me to read people without knowing them. This is useful when I get into the studio or on location for a portrait shoot. If you have ever shot street photos then you have inevitably been asked “What’s it for?” when asking to take a stranger’s photo (if you ask, sometimes I do sometimes I don’t depends on my mood because I honestly am still not ballsy enough to just roll up on someone and take their photo then deal with whatever consequence after). Sometimes people indulge me and other times they shy away with a confused almost panic look and it is always the same. I have probably heard this 100 times and never thought of it until today while I was sitting eating lunch and a woman was sitting eating on her own. I thought to myself I could be rude and just take it or I could ask her and she would reply, “What’s it for?” THAT THOUGHT ACTUALLY STOPPED ME FROM TAKING THE PICTURE. I could not believe it. I got in my own way of taking a great picture.
As I thought about it more it is such a strange thing that we carry around cellphones and devices in our pockets that we seem to document every aspect of our lives with from the most important to the day to day mundane, to the cute (at least to you, but for everyone else it’s annoying) facial expressions your cat makes. However, the second someone approaches us and asks to take our picture we become suspicious and introverted as if it was the NSA looking over our very shoulder. “Will this end up online?” they say. What does it matter? You had no problem showing off your tone body at the gym or that cute little bikini you tried on in the shopping mall. I simply want to take a picture of you reading your book, or walking on the sidewalk. Why then is that so imposing among any of the other stuff that people post? The only answer I could come up with is control. That person is not in control of how they are represented in that moment and that scares people.
On Instagram or Facebook we are not seeing the real versions of people or their lives. We are seeing what THEY choose to show us. We are always seeing them at their best and even when they are at their worst they somehow manage to look flawless in pictures at just the right angle, but it is different when their is an outsider. The street photographer searches for those tiny unseen moments, those moments they don’t want you to see. It could be a moment of true emotion as one sits alone on a park bench or riding a subway car. It could be a moment of rejection as someone dines alone. It could be a moment that you feel like you watched someone give up right before your eyes while walking past them on the street. These are the photos you don’t see and the photos that everything else on social media wants to distract you from. From real human emotion and the things that we all go through, but are to scared to admit that we do. So I think I may have found that answer to the question of now that everyone has these devices and is seemingly a photographer isn’t the medium or art of being a photographer obsolete. The answer is no and it never will be, because a true photographer films the world around him or her and a true photographer understands that that is a beautiful, ugly, successful, heartbreaking, and challenging world to live in. You need photographers to carry and capture the burden that we all shy away from in our every day lives. Otherwise, when people look back on us they will say we were extremely happy self indulgent people who loved taking pictures of our food and cats.
Nahhh, I’m good.
Wassup with women these days boldly telling guys they want to sit on their faces?
Would I be wrong if I just started telling random women that I don’t know that I want them to suck my di….nvm.
Snowed in today.
I just want a nice brown skin, tall man with facial hair, that doesn’t post pictures of his money on instagram. That is doing something with his life & doesn’t have any kids. Am I asking for too much?!
I want to know who said that.