Lately, I’ve started thinking I’d like to be a street photographer — so much so that I’ve even started curating my black and white photography at a new blog, www.joenewmanphotography.com.
It’s pretty funny considering just last summer I was thinking I’d like to be a landscape photographer, the polar opposite of a street photographer.
The thing I like most about landscape photography was also a strong argument against me becoming a street photographer. You don’t have to worry about interacting with people in landscape photography, something very appealing to the introvert in me. On the other hand, the thought of approaching strangers in the street and getting in their faces with a camera has always made me break into a cold sweat.
Yet, here I am, thinking I’d like to be, for lack of a better description, a street photographer.
If you check out my new street photography blog, you’ll see a lot of photos that I’ve taken over the last eight years, most of them published for the first time in black and white.
I still think I’ve got a ways to go before I actually become completely comfortable stalking the streets with my camera but I’d like to give it try. The payoff — photos that freeze everyday folks in the middle of doing something absolutely normal — is worth the effort.
The photo at the top of the page is one I took in San Francisco in 2011. I’ve posted the color version on my blog before and it has been featured as a Gadling Photo of the Day. There was probably a high amount of luck involved since I took a couple frames and one just happened to capture the guy with the umbrella at the decisive moment.