Whilst I have always fancied the idea of street photography I have never had the nerve to have a proper go at it. Sure, I have taken a few street photography shots when I am on vacation however I have never been out specifically on a street photography shoot.
I am the sort of person who likes to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, and because I don’t like having a camera stuck in my face or even being captured in a long distance photo I have it in my head that there are loads of people just like me, so street photography isn’t something I indulge in. I know that in this “selfie” age there are plenty of people (of all ages and not just youngsters) who love having their photo taken and being in the public eye, i.e. the center of attention, but I wouldn’t know how to identify these people out in the street. I struggle to take a photo of someone without them realizing, and the thought of asking a total stranger if I can take their photo fills me with dread. I simply don’t have the mind-set or personality for street photography.
When Pokemon Go was released my little nephew immediately jumped on the bandwagon and wanted to go out and ‘collect them all – and since my sister had no interest in taking him out in the street I was asked. I have to say I didn’t want to, I mean I was too old for Pokemon the first time around (i.e. back in the ) and I am too old for Pokemon this time around but agreeing to take my nephew out hunting pokemon did give me a good idea……….
Closely following my nephew around (and keeping an eye on him as he was hunting pokemon monsters, or whatever they are) meant I could go on the street with my dslr without attracting too much attention. Providing I was taking photos of my nephew doing his Pokemon Go thing, or providing people thought I was taking photos of my nephew playing Pokemon Go, no one would bat an eyelid. I could use my nephew as the distraction I needed to take a few street photography shots without getting ‘caught’ and my nephew could spend time playing Pokemon Go, which is all he was bothered about. This was a win win situation.
I can only describe the Pokemon Go trip out as a success. My nephew had fun and caught some Pokemon characters, my sister was happy because she didn’t have to endure it, and I managed to capture some street photography shots I was more than pleased with and in doing so I didn’t get caught, create any embarrassing situations or have to ask permission from anyone.
Playing Pokemon Go has allowed me to embrace street photography and since my nephew’s interests and fads change so quickly I don’t know how long it is going to last, so I intend to fill my boots whilst I can.
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