Bushwick is 5 blocks away from where we live and it’s one of those recurring neighborhoods on my list of go-to places not just because of it’s proximity but because the sightseeing experience is as diversified as the people. During routine walks up and down Knickerbocker Ave, I wouldn’t be surprised if local merchants haven’t recognized my habitual exploring already since it’s not difficult to spot a guy walking around aimlessly with bulky dSLR.
90% of what I shoot on the streets is captured using the Nikon 85mm f/1.8. Depending on who you ask, it’s probably not the best lens for street photography because there’s a constant struggle in trying to furtively take the right shot from the right distance as oppose to getting close to your subject with a wide-angle lens where people may not realized you even took a photo of them.
What you choose to shoot will generally dictate which lens to use. I inherently have an attraction for photographing people accompanied with a shallow depth of field but this time around, I switched up my approach because I felt that everything I was capturing lately was fair but definitely not good enough to share. Having not used it for almost this entire year, I installed the 18-105mm f/3.5-f/5.6 kit lens back on the D90 and as a mental refresher, I focused my attention more on the properties around Bushwick as oppose to the usual stuff I would gravitate towards.
For a while, I’ve had this silly thought that if you want to distinguish yourself as a photographer, then you should limit the amount of subjects you photograph and just shoot the type of work that improves and highlights your style and that everything else outside that particular style is irrelevant. Perhaps that’s true but I can’t help think of the endless photographic opportunities I would be denying myself if I didn’t take into account that we photographers are visual people and if something appeals to us, the natural inclination would be to aim, focus and shoot.
This was undeniably the case with the fast food joint of Popeyes on Myrtle Ave in Bushwick. I had no intentions of retaining a photograph of a place I don’t even eat at but it’s setting was alluring enough that I couldn’t resist.