I’m lazy technically when it comes to photography. Part of the problem is that I have two sets of glasses and never seem to be wearing the right pair when I want to take a photo quickly. Which is frustrating because my muse is most certainly ordinary people, and for this reason the photography that I most enjoy is street photography, which requires spontaneity.
These lovely chaps cheekily photo-bombed me as I was taking photos down this street in Tokyo and then happily agreed to pose. Of course, my camera was on the wrong settings.
The other people-inspired form of photography that I love is portraiture, but I don’t get much time to do it these days. My good friend Kim is always a wonderful subject.
For incredibly beautiful and technically perfect portrait photography, see Joshi Daniel’s blog.
Forget the Erololi, Ero-Kawaii and Gothic Lolitas of Akihabara, and the Cosplay kids of Harajuku; it was the quirky, fun and completely unselfconscious fashion sense of the older generation that stood out for me on the streets of Tokyo.
I suspect that these men are resigned to being constantly photographed by strangers, given the location, the nature of their work and the tributes painted on their fire engine. But perhaps they’re also disgusted by the whole disaster-tourism aspect of it.
What do you think?
Are you comfortable with being photographed in public places by strangers? If someone that you had photographed in the street voiced their objection, what would you do?
I took this photo in Perth a few years ago – people were getting ready to march in the annual ANZAC Day Parade and the beautiful girl in the centre of the photo turned and gave me the biggest smile as I was snapping away. She really shone out and I just love that platform shoe peeking out from under her traditional Vietnamese costume!
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