The concept that a street photographer should remain invisible is one I find decays away a little bit each day. I don’t like confrontation, but I find it to be worse if the confrontation starts with someone noticing my attempts at being invisible. They have to wonder “Why is that person being sneaky?” At the same time, I don’t like it as I feel it projects to anyone who notices that I have some dubious use planned for the photos so I have to hide. Making sure they notice that I notice that they noticed and giving a grace period for any questions to be asked goes a long way.
Lately my methodology has been that the more visible I am the better. Know what it is I want to achieve with street photography, and feeling that I don’t need to be invisible to do so has sort of been a leveling-up moment. Using huge cameras has helped, and just in case that isn’t enough, adding flash makes sure I’m not hidden.