In my opinion, street or documentary photography, whatever you want to define it, is one of the toughest genres in photography. Because it involves people, be it candid or not. Most people are not gonna like it when a stranger just points a camera directly up at them. It’s so nerve wrecking for many starters!
I have been shooting on the streets/roads/alleys with humans in my shots (defined as street photography) for a few months. At the beginning, I was more daring than I am now. Because I didn’t get any scolding. As I shoot more, the chances of getting scolded increase. Yes, I backed out. Then, I took a break for a long time.
But I miss the excitement when I click the shutter in street photography. So, I braced myself and went out shooting, again.
Losing the momentum
I lost the momentum. I felt as if I am an idle car in the garage, my engine weakening. Just like a run, our trainers always push us forward, refusing to let us stop because once we stop on the track, it’s hard for us to pick up the momentum.
I felt like I was starting from square one again. Just because I stop for a long time not shooting on the street. So, it’s really important to keep the momentum going.
Since then (I scheduled my post on Tues, Thurs & Saturday, so when this was published, it might have passed a few weeks), I have been quite diligent to shoot on the street every weekend or after work. I feel that my ‘lubricant’ is starting to liquify!
No matter what you do, the secrets shared by many successful people is to not give up. You (me) maybe suck now. I believe if I do it long enough, I will be fearless.
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