Salgado says somewhere that a portrait is something one “offers” to the photographer (I should find the quote, but I don’t remember where I found it).
As I was walking back home the other day, I wanted to play the Street Photographer, but I didn’t want to ask.
So : I zoomed too much, and I underexposed, and I clicked maybe 200 pictures. Most of them, in consequence, were good for trash.
When I did it it was exciting. When I watch it I feel the slight nausea of those who “try things”, like when you take a guitar for the first time…
- Most people notice when you steal their portrait – and I dislike to do this (I have empathy).
- I’m not Alex Webb (who is a genius in this field).
- I prefer to take portraits of toys, dolls and funny things on flea markets (last picture).
- I should buy a big zoom camera…
- …or ask people first.
Have a nice day !