Street Photography: Caught Looking

I have no idea what was going on here. All I know is that I was particularly alert that day. I saw the gesture as it was happening and managed to fire off a shot to capture the expression of the central figure.

It’s like that sometimes. I get in the mood and I feel very alive on the street and in tune with what’s happening around me. Other times, I don’t feel like photographing at all. I just want to walk to the train station and not have to think about anything or carry a camera with me – even when it’s a small point-and-shoot or just my smartphone.

Although street photography is fun, it’s also work. Not work like a day job. But work in the sense that, in order to do it well, one has to concentrate and actively engage in seeing.

This results in memorable and candid images. But don’t let their informal look fool you. There is nothing casual about a process that requires stealth, hair trigger reflexes, compositional awareness, and many other instincts developed over a long period of repetition and experience.

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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing).

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