While on vacation a little while back, I was struck by some light anxiety around taking photos of people in public, those that I didn’t know. and sometimes, those that may not react well to social situations.
I wondered to facebook to ask my other photobug friends what they thought about taking pictures of people in places. I found this article below, from the ever cutting edge National Geographic, who continues to turn out some of the most stunning images of our cultures worldwide.
I particularly liked their reassurance: “Don’t be shy. If you approach people in the right way, they’ll usually be happy to have their picture made. Joke around with them. Tell them why you want to make the picture. Practice with people you know so that you are comfortable.”
I don’t quite know how I feel yet. I’m going to challenge myself to take more pictures of people, and engage with them. I’m still looking for those useful tips on how to not lose the image of someone before engaging with them, sometimes I like what is happening naturally, and to engage prior to snapping – may ruin the moment.
People reveal as much about a destination as its architecture and landscapes.