David's Blog

CONFIDENCE

When I started taking pictures of strangers in the street, I did not feel comfortable doing it. That was the period when people approached me after I took their picture.
Most of them were not so nice. However, it is legal and I don't use the picutres to put strangers in a bad light. So I kept on doing it.
At some point I felt very comfortable doing it. When I was confident taking pictures from strangers in the street, no one said something!
Isn't that intersting?
That taught me something about confidence! You can read many books about how to be more confident. But that won't make you more confident. No way!
The only way to be more confident, is to do things which are not comfortable for you. That will make you more confident.
And the things which made you nervous in the past will bring you joy one day!
What are you afraid of? Public speaking? Whatever it is, do it. You will feel uncomfortable. But that feeling will stop and you will enjoy it one day!
For photographers: How do you deal with people who complain?
Be nice! Show them the picture you took and explain your project. If someone is angry: Just keep on walking and don't react. Or you can pretend like you took a picture of something behind of them.

SPONTANEOUS STREET PORTRAITS

Just got a thought about portrait photography.

Every human has several faces and moods. You can take many photographers taking a portrait of the same person.
With each photographer you will look different! Not only because the photographers have different styles and experiences.
MAINLY you will look different, because of the connection you have with the photographer.
Which kind of face you see in portraits, is the face someone shows the photographer! And others get to see that particular face, too.

It's fascinating.

MYSTERY

The dictionary says "anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown".

I am very drawn to photos of people where you don't see the face. Also any type of photo where you have to stop and think "what's going on here?"

I can't explain why "incognito" portraits are so attractive to me.
It remains a mystery.....

CREATIVE

What does that word mean?

The dictionary says: "having the quality or power of creating."

Anyone can create, so anyone can be creative.
Sometimes the mind is blank and needs some spice!
What I did is to take some ordinary object in one hand and the camera in the other. No more blank. My mind was on fire!