It’s a great thing to be out on the street with camera in hand looking for the perfect shot, or the perfect opportunity to capture something meaningful. More importantly it’s a great thing to be out there with the people. It’s the people that make street photography what it is.
For the late great photographer Diane Arbus, photography was an adventure. She truly relished every aspect of getting out and taking photographs, whether they be for formal shoots, or just days out walking in central park. For her – the preparation, the getting there, and the interaction with her subjects once she got to where she was going were more important than the print itself. In fact, her interaction with the subjects is what made her photographs so compelling. Click Here for a great video on her work.
I don’t get out as much as I used to, but when I do, I like to take the same approach – meet people and talk with them and then hopefully get a photograph.
For folks that are new to street photography it can be very intimidating, and you certainly want to always respect the street and your potential subjects. But don’t let fear get in the way of just getting out there and giving it a try. You never know what you’re capable of util you try.
Posted here are some examples of my work. I hope you enjoy – You can see more on my photography website at dmiclock.wix.com/davidmclaughlinphoto