Some Street Shots
On Monday I am going to be shooting a portrait of a partner in my firm for an upcoming publication. I have been given a photo brief from a designer in London which asks for black and white imagery, shot wide with dynamic backgrounds. The problem is that our office is exceedingly dull, and generally I get around that by shooting close and focusing on the individual rather than the office. This, clearly, is why so much of my photography taken in the building looks so similar. So this brief is exciting because it’s a chance for me to go outside of our office for a change. Unfortunately, because my subject will be squeezing in the shoot between meetings, I won’t be able to take her very far from the front door of our office in Times Square.
So this morning I went out and did some scouting for interesting backgrounds for the shots, using pedestrians and tourists as my “models”. After a half and hour or so I pretty much nailed down what I’m going to shoot on Monday. In the process I made some street photography that is working for me today. These were all shot with my favorite lens that I don’t get to use often, my 135mm prime. I love love love this lens and wish I could shoot with it all the time.
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Nice pics. I’m surprised you didn’t have more people looking at you. That’s what’s always made me nervous about doing this.
I’ve found that if I keep the camera up until they pass you, they assume you’re not shooting them, you’re shooting something else. There is the theory that you should get close to people when you shoot them, but in this instance what I enjoy about the images is the isolation of these individuals, the reality of these people walking to work, or seeing the city. One crazy lady, who I wasn’t even shooting, though, told me she was going to kick me “right in the balls, you bastard”. Which was hilarious.