I have run into a problem. The more I learn about Street Photography the more I hold back from taking a photograph because I know that it won’t be a great photograph. The number of exposures I am taking has dropped significantly while the amount of time I am spending wandering around the city I live in has increased exponentially (which isn’t a bad thing!). That being said I performed the assignment as planned and stood diligently on a busy intersection waiting for people to walk towards me. Of the 30 odd exposures I ended up with this:
So what do I like about this shot?
- The colour of her dress, the bold pattern
- The purposeful walk
- The person in the red hoodie following on behind
- Strong shadows cast by legs
And what do I not like?
- Walking out of frame rather than into the frame
- Not actually a lot going on, nothing unique
- Messy background
I think my issue is I am looking for characters, people who are inherently interesting. What I am finding difficult is turning the mundane, the boring and the usual into the unusual. That or I am just not seeing it. Perhaps I am trying to get instant results on something that does take time and effort and where I shouldn’t expect a good exposure on every outing.
I have had some project ideas:
- Gloucester Road - Looking at the people who inhabit the Gloucester Road in Bristol
- Ritual & Ceremony - Exploring modern and traditional rituals in Britain
- Overconsumption - Our obsession with having too much of everything on the go