The theme randomly word generated for this week is “Insertion”.I went out looking for some photos for today’s blog post and considered insertion conceptually, ie, as a person or an idea that can influence/affect/engage with another person.
I thought about how as street photographers we have the choice to engage with people. In the past I avoided this, but I am finding recently I have been talking more to people and getting abit of their story. It does get awkward sometimes and I think to myself I could have asked better questions. Questions which are related to what made me interested in them. Something to be mindful of for the next time.
Asking for a self portrait is an act of inserting one self to the street scene, much like a photojournalist documenting a story. Rather than an observer trying to capture the moment, you become a participant.
The first person I engaged with this week is Philip. He moved to Perth in the 90s from a town near Kalgoorlie, some 200km away. He talks to people in the CBD about Jesus and Christianity.
When I introduced my self to him, he grabbed my hand and told me Jesus loved me, along with a choreographed hand shake related with his statement. I found him really calm, friendly and easy going.
That’s his bike that uses to get around. When I took this image, I saw the man with the sign about to walk past and quickly framed the bike as a foreground element.
Ideally, I should follow this story through if I can. Hopefully I can meet him again or his friend holding the sign this week.
The difficulty will be selecting the single image with this story approach… But that’s something to worry about at the end of this week.