STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is a quirky genre, with a nebulous definition. Is it always candid? Can it be posed? What if it’s not in the street at all? What’s it called then? To me, street photography is less about the final image and more about what I’m doing when I captured it. Better said, what I was feeling when I captured it. When I look at some of my street shots, I cringe when I remember the scenario. I frequently overstep my bounds. I put myself into uncomfortable (sometimes dangerous) situations. I go under bridges, and down back allieways. I walk right up to people I don’t know and take their photo, without permission, sometimes with a Leica in one hand and a flash in the other. It’s my First Amendment right, and here’s a video of what it looks like.
Street-shooting gets the blood pumping for sure. But I assure you, I’m not all about adrenaline. In fact, most of the time I’m downtown “in the flow”, I’m connecting with people on level that’s hard to explain. I call it STREET PORTRAITURE, and this is what it looks like when I work with people in downtown Austin.