JULY 27TH- AUGUST 2ND
I had an interesting interaction this week. One of my biggest fears when I'm out shooting is when I take photos of people that they will call me out. It's something I'm trying to be braver about, but it's a fine line between photographing someone and invading their privacy. I believe that if you are in a public space you should not expect privacy- however if someone is uncomfortable being shot, I don't really enjoy making people uncomfortable. I've only been called out a couple of times and never here on Haviland St. Once this past winter there were 2 security guards in a doorway on a snowy night, smoking and it would have been a very cool shot-- there was really no way to take the shot without them knowing so I asked if they minded and they refused. I think they thought since they were goofing off they may get in trouble. Fair enough-- I hated losing the shot, but I asked and they said no.
So this week I was hanging out on the plaza and I took a shot of a guy playing guitar. He noticed and asked if I just took his photo. I said I did and asked if he minded. He was shirtless and I think he was uncomfortable with that. I really didn't think much of him being shirtless, he had a cool guitar and I thought it would make a nice shot with the way the sun was on him. I offered to delete it and he considered it and finally asked me to delete it. No problem, the shot was not good anyway. Even if it was I would have deleted it, but if it was a nice shot it would have hurt more. I went back over talking to the friend I had been chatting with and the guitar player came over after a bit (with his shirt now on) and said he felt bad and if I wanted to take some shots of him playing that would be fine. I could tell he was torn about asking me to delete the shot and he was extremely nice. So I took some shots and I really like the 2 here-- but more importantly, it taught me to not be scared of people and what would have been a shot I trashed, turned into a couple of nice shots and I met someone from my neighborhood.
Ok- on to the photos-
Playing around with the Zoom lens
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I like this shot, the blurry figure makes it seem like he's in too much of a hurry to notice the guy on the stoop.
This woman is always around trying to sell people flowers.