It’s been a while, but I’m back in the street game. I’m finally having fun in the streets again, and it feels good.
The shy street photographer
It always takes me a long time to get back into street photography. Whenever I’ve been gone for a while I feel out of tune for days, before I’m able to get back into it. Much of it has to do with my shyness and introversion. Which, in turn, is part of the reason why I prefer to take my photos without interrupting the people around me. Another reason is that I simply prefer street photos where the subjects haven’t noticed my presence.
Valletta – the perfect backdrop
If you’ve ever been to Malta’s capital Valletta, you’ll know that the entrance to the city is made of a beautiful, marbled rock. Mind you I’m no rock expert, so I couldn’t tell you what kind they are. All I know is that this rock is the perfect backdrop for street photography. It’s bright and gives a great contrast to the people walking by. Like a blank canvas. And then it’s my job to capture by-passers as fill the canvas with themselves.
A tip from a shy street photographer
A lot of times, pointing a camera straight into someones face will give you trouble. Or at least an argument or an angry look. Especially if the camera is glued to your face at the same time. So here’s the tip: If your camera has a flip out screen you can, a lot of times, negate this problem. Point the camera one way, and the screen another. Then, framing the shot with the screen, you will never be looking directly at your subject. Because you’re not facing the people you’re photographing, you’ll get a lot less trouble. You’d think this wouldn’t make a big difference, but in the heat of the moment it works great.