Week 4: “How to Shoot in the Streets”

December 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Experiment:

  • See somebody you want to take a photo of, approach them and take their photograph without permission. After taking their photograph, wave at them, smile, and say thank you.

My confidence has been growing over the last weeks as I find that very few people have objected in anyway to having their photograph taken by a complete stranger.  The 2 shots below were taken whilst I was on a Street Photography walkabout course.  The course was very static and as there were 8 students on it there was a restriction on the amount of freedom of movement, which was really frustrating as we were in Edinburgh, which is a buzzing location.  Anyway, having said that, things were learned and a good time was had so objectives met.

During the day I asked permission of a few people and also took some shots without permission.  The guy coming down the stairs never even acknowledged my existence and the girl seemed to be flattered and was laughing and acting kind of embarrassed so both of these were fine.  One of the shots I attempted was of a lady with her face completely pierced…to the point that there was no skin visible.  She completely turned her back on me and I later realised that she had a table in the street and was charging to have her photograph taken.  Another lady noticed me taking her photograph and said “I charge to have my photo taken!”, I asked her how much and when she came back with a figure I argued that she should be charging much more as she was very beautiful.  She walked away laughing and if I’d tried again I am sure that she would have not minded, but I let t go.

Overall a very positive and enjoyable experience and my confidence has built a bit more.

I’ve been brainstorming the essay due by week 10 and ideas are coming up all the time.  I’ve scored out a few and this is the short list at the moment…

  • Homelessness in Glasgow
  • Street performer audiences
  • High fashion in Glasgow
  • People juxtaposed with Street Art
  • Scottish sense of humour (Laughter)
  • Old and young juxtapose
  • Rich and poor juxtapose
  • Scary guys & Beautiful Women (Beauties & Beasts)
  • Street portraiture
  • Rainy days
  • Imprisoned/Locked/Trapped
  • Alleyways – Light & Shade
  • Lines
  • Hats
  • Glasgow Subway
  • Men at work
  • Street Art juxtapose

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