I picked up photography because I was fed up with drawing at the time. I just didn't want to sit at a desk, didn't want to tease out a likeness, didn't want to... I don't know. Just didn't want to draw for a while. So I bought a camera and I hit the streets.
Street photography. Shy and tentative at first. I had bought a huge big lens that could zoom so I didn't have to approach people. "Real" street photographers look down upon huge big zoom-lenses. They seem to have these rules and aesthetic that I don't understand. I like zoom-lenses. I like the cinematographic feel of a shallow depth of field. And I like it when people don't see me taking their picture.
But of course, sometimes, they do.
And when they do, sometimes they smile. And it's no big deal and they make a joke and all is good.
And sometimes they start to argue.
They say it is impolite to take their picture without asking first and I explain to them that when I ask them first they will start to pose and smile and I don't want that. I just want to have them go about their business.
I want a picture of how they really are, doing their thing. Sometimes they don't buy that. I usually offer to erase the picture I just took, but for some reason none of them really made me do that.
I had some of them even claiming it is illegal to take their picture without asking. They might be right.
But sometimes you have to do illegal things to catch beauty in the act.
Because those are the things that matter...