Replying to comment by Mike Bridge on Thoughts on Street Photography: Gluttony of Big Cities.

Mike Bridge

I had exactly the same thoughts while watching those videos a few months ago. The malls here suck the life out of the streets where I live, and it feels pretty stupid to take a photo of someone who’s been eyeing your camera suspiciously for half a block. But I think you’re right that it’s a good way to build confidence. The other thing is that it requires some adaptation to technique—specifically, you have to develop some sort of communication skills, since it’s far more likely you’ll have to explain what you’re doing. Once you’ve given the spiel a few times, or else perfect that Winogrand smile, shooting one-on-one candids gets easier. (Though still not easy!)

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