Studying Photography is slowly altering my point of view about life, people and myself.
What does it all mean in the long run?
Why do this?
Why perform magic for a living which is my full time career?
Is it possible that there is no "WHY"?
I am beginning to see that taking photographs or performing magic is just the access to a much larger conversation - "My Personal Evolution" as a human being and how my liberation can in fact have a positive impact on others.
Recently, I have enjoyed initiating conversations with total strangers which has led to some wonderful photographs being taken. What I learnt from these interactions is that everyone is hungry for acknowledgement.
The photographer in me feels compelled to say to some, "you have lovely eyes". I said this to a lady yesterday and her face lit up like a Christmas tree. I was in a Coffee shop yesterday and noticed how positive the two ladies were in their being. They appeared to enjoy serving customers, making chit-chat and just being generally happy. When I ordered my coffee, I mentioned to them that I like their "vibe and energy". One of the girls was from Italy, her name is Sara. I told her I am a professional photographer and doing a project on community life in Camden. I asked if she and her colleague would grant me the privilege of taking their photo for my project - they both were happy at the suggestions and granted me a great shot which I hope to post very soon as this was shot using my 35mm Film Camera.
My conversations have impacted my awareness to people from all walks of life. This photo was taken at Camden Market and features a lovely lady from Armenia who sold me the hat I am wearing.
This lady told me she has been at her stall for about 15 years, she seemed very happy with her achievement and I told her just as much. I want to thank her for her generosity in allowing me this photographic opportunity.
In the final analysis, people are open to "friendliness and warm giving generosity". This is how I approach everyone, it doesn't mean I will receive a warm interaction, it just means that my chances are much more in my favour - these are odds I am willing to take a stand for.
The benefit for me is that I no longer feel intimidated by strangers or engaging in Street Photograph, which I love.
I want to thank Eric Kim, a Professional Street Photographer from Los Angeles. I discovered Eric's website and have learnt a lot from his blog and followed some of teachings regarding shooting film and the overall philosophy of the is genre.