I took this photo in Union Square yesterday while hanging out with my friend Wendy. I paid this man a dollar (featured) in exchange for a couple photos. My new challenge for myself is to take more photos of people. I actually get the most satisfaction out of my people shots. People are so fascinating and expressive – especially if you can catch them in a candid situation. It is so challenging though… you’d think in a city of millions and millions, capturing people on camera would be easy – but it’s not. People are sensitive about having their photo taken. I wish I could borrow Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak – I’d have a field day snapping away at just about everyone around me! I just feel so awkward sitting there with a camera pointing at a stranger. Plus, then do I have to get permission for putting their photo up on my blog? I don’t know – the whole thing gives me anxiety.
However – after yesterday’s picture taking, I really love the ones I took of people. I think I just have to establish some kind of rapport with them first. Then they can continue to go about their business and I can snap away without feeling like a creep. Like this guy above – I paid him, so he stood there for me and let me take a few shots. I also loved this shot I took of a boy who was tossing around the frisbee with Wendy… he knew I was taking pictures, but after a minute, he just started ignoring me and I got to do my thing. So, I plan on taking more people-centric shots in month #2. I’m sure as with anything, it gets easier with practice. Month #2 – here I come.