Miguel Peralta, Jackson Heights

I’ve finally reached that point with street portraits where I can no longer write to you about how to get started, on how to overcome the inherent fear, in which places people tend to be more receptive and ultimately what the best approach may be. It’s not because I don’t want to but simply in view that there’s only so much I can say about the process based on my experience. Quite frankly I don’t want to bore you as much as I don’t want to bore myself with writing about the same topic from different angles.

This would be much easier if I opted to just upload a portrait without the intrinsic need to accompany it with a caption but it’s my fault for having a fondness for writing in the first place. So what do you write about when you share a portrait other than the steps you took to take it or the gear you used or which preset you felt worked best while sifting through the free ones you’ve downloaded or the expensive ones you’ve purchased? How about if we write a little bit about the person you’ve photographed and I don’t necessarily mean describing the obvious.

But to write about a person there’s the prerequisite of getting to know them a little first. I don’t spend as much time with my subjects as much as I would like but I definitely walk away with at least catching their name and some background on them so I feel there’s been more of a connection between us and not them with my camera.

John Carey recently wrote an article entitled Respect where he talks about what I’ve been feeling lately as it pertains to the portraits I take. I’ll leave you with this quote from the article to ponder on:

So the next time you are out there shooting take a moment to consider what drew you to shoot what it is you are shooting and if nothing at all comes to mind, it may be time to start to ask yourself why that is.