Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.
Lynn Wohlers – Photography 101 post on Point of View
I’ve always been fascinated by street photography and as a kid spent countless summer days laying on my Grandma’s living room floor surrounded by her collection of Time Life Books. I never got tired of paging through images of people going about their everyday lives in cities far away from mine and I’m still drawn to simple photos of people walking down the street, siting on a park bench or just visiting with friends.
I really want to get past the uncomfortable feeling of aiming my camera at strangers but every once in a while things line up and a picture like the one above happens. We were crabbing at the local fishing pier, surrounded by families out for a sunny Sunday afternoon and everywhere I looked there were great photo opportunities if I was ready to take a chance and photograph someone I didn’t know. Instead I decided to aim my phone at the angles of this bench but the second I pushed the button to take my shot a man in his sun hat walked right into my frame. My first street photo thanks to the search for a new point of view.
Posted as part of the WPC: An Unusual POV