Never try, never know.
This is the most common encouragement.
The same is for street photography. Previously, I said I am fearful of people, fearful of being scolded or fearful of making people awkward if I take their pictures. But somehow, my gut was bigger on certain day. Some days, I got no gut at all.
If I don’t feel ‘brave’ on that day, I would just keep walking with my camera. Even if I see a potentially good shot, I won’t shoot.
Yesterday was the day I felt I had no ‘courage’. I kept walking. Then I saw two elderly couple.So I forced myself to be ‘brave’. I had nothing to lose. The worst was to get told off.
I stood behind them, I framed my shot and waited for the right moment when they turned their heads. The lady did turn! But when she saw my camera, she gave me the pissed off face and turned her head back in hiding. hahaha! It didn’t hurt me, I was just relieved nothing more than a stare happened.
It wasn’t a good shot, but at least I tried. I felt more daring afterward.
So I moved on, then I saw an old man sitting on a bench. There’s not many people standing around so this would make me an obvious ‘intruder’. Nonetheless, due to the warm up prior, I told myself just do it! And I did. I stood in front of him, framed my shot and click. Done. It was underexposed, so I readjusted and clicked again. Taa-daa!
Yes, I took picture right in front of him, he knew. I was satisfied with the shot but I know there are many rooms for improvement.
Afterward, it rained. And I went home feeling accomplished.
So mate, sometimes all you can do is to JUST DO IT. Don’t care about the composition and what not, you must first conquer the awkwardness, shyness and fear before you can achieve great things in term of Street Photography.
I am still trying, so let’s wish each other luck!