“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
— John Lennon
I really couldn’t have said it better.. The goal here is to fall in love and fully embrace Street. I remember the first few times I ventured out into the streets to shoot unsuspecting people..(with my camera that is).. it was challenging to say the least. Firstly to think about compositional and technical elements, but then the biggest challenge was my subjects, they appeared both elusive and daunting. So I sat behind my DSLR and long lens and took photos from afar. It was a start.. But I wanted to master this and conquer my fear. So I kept shooting.
Man with the Hitchcock Shadow. Paris 2015
This image was taken early one morning in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The sound of the gravel under my feet was very loud, I took a couple of images but did not get too close in case I disturbed him. Then I got up enough courage to ask him for a portrait… His reply ‘Merci NON’! I walked away wishing I had just taken my shot, because after asking I could not impose upon the privacy of this interesting man. He was such a great character instead of the usual pair of reading glasses he wore two! He sat in this same chair each morning in the corner of the gardens but I never did get that image.