Week 25 theme for this week was “Reluctance” Sorry for not posting the word before it was due but life happened. Featured image just sums up reluctance for me. Seeing police on horseback causing our bus to wait. One of those strange days whilst out and about.
Rest assured i fit in photography during my lunch break for the project hehe.
I did not shoot as much this week but glad I could find some relevant images for the theme. I wasn’t really searching this week, more just shooting. Luckily post justifcation worked!
For week 23 I decided to continue with my portrait challenge. So there’s no theme per say. Most of the subject I spoke with and asked but some were taken candidly.
I find since asking people for their photo and having a mini chat, it has made me more comfortable with approaching people. Knowing how to diffuse a situation and just be comfortable with what street photography is.
Fear in street photography is weird. There is no ill intent after all. It’s our lizard brain who is fearful.
The stoic Seneca has a great quote which I like to read before my lunch photo time to help get me out of the fear mindset.
The mind at times fashions for itself false shapes of evil when there are no signs that point to any evil; it twists into the worst construction some word of doubtful meaning; or it fancies some personal grudge to be more serious than it really is, considering not how angry the enemy is, but to what lengths he may go if he is angry. But life is not worth living, and there is no limit to our sorrows, if we indulge our fears to the greatest possible extent; in this matter, let prudence help you, and contemn with a resolute spirit even when it is in plain sight.
Here it is folks. The fish I caught from the week of “shooting”
But sad to say I haven’t really been fishing alot though as I changed my approach lately on these weekly missions. I’ve tried to make photography part of my chores, and daily routine rather than it being the primary goal.
But I think there is something about deliberation and focus. It breeds work ethic, and makes you look and confront the fear that is in street photography, ie photographing strangers. Without focus, my lizard brain was alot louder, giving excuses, fear mongering it was easier to listen to.
What Steven Presfield calls “resistance” won. I am afraid to say, I became lazy and comfortable and nonchalant with what I was doing.
So from Week 20, I’ll be more deliberate, and purposeful with the project. To once again be actively looking for moments, engage with people and be open to the potential no’s and failures in order to get to a worth while image.