Let’s say you’re standing in a long queue – the longer, the better.
You’ll have an excuse to loiter and try different compositions as you move closer…
There’s a rhythm you’re trying to capture.
You try for a kind of harmony, a convergence of human actions.
You don’t know when to stop looking.
You go on trying one shot after another.
Would the stack of bowls add to the composition, you wonder.
Or is it better with the person out of focus but framed by the hanging chickens?
Would it work better in landscape or portrait?
Landscape is better – I think … but here the person is hidden.
There’s a potential statement here to be made about how human relations are obscured by commodities.
Maybe having him framed after all is better.
Is it better with the bowls partly showing?
Or not? Maybe my next shot would be better.
Maybe it’s better with the spoon container fully captured.
Would it be better like this? Probably not. If only she’d turn around.
Or this, after all? Nice, clean and simple. And the composition is busy enough to be interesting.
Or perhaps this?
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Do people ever get mad at you for photographing them? I want to do a photo essay, but I have a hard time approaching people and asking them to take their photo without being a total awkward creep.
Part of it is about being candid. Though sometimes, I’d just smile and point at my camera, and they’d just shrug. I’d take a photo, smile again, and move on. That’s why many of my street cameras are compact point and shoots, rather than those huge SLRs which can be intimidating.
I try to be candid, but I think that maybe it has something to do with me being a foreigner trying to photograph Chinese people…I think that bothers a lot of them for some reason. Using a smaller camera is probably a good idea though, thank you!
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