Here is a selection of shots from my second session with the X-Pro2. I hit the streets of Downtown SF early on Sunday morning and started snapping to my heart content. The light was mostly dull since we’re still enjoying the usual summer overcast, but as the sun peaked through the clouds, I got the chance to snap a few shots I like.
In the past, I have been a lot more focused on shooting the inert parts of the urban space. Whether it was buildings or small artefacts found along the way, I was much more interested by the geometry and colors of man made objects.
For the last year or so, I’ve tried to change my focus and add more people in my shots. It’s a very different approach to photography and a difficult one to boot.
Beyond the technical aspect of shooting a photo, there is also the underlying relation with the subject. I don’t want to come through as invading one’s privacy.
So right now, I’m at a crossroad where I do include more people in my photos, but I tend to treat them the same way I’ve been treating the inert objects of the city. Breaking out of this approach is going to be challenging, and to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I want to. It seems to me a lot of street photographers I admire framed people like they were props—just another visual stimulus in the frame.
As usual, I’m leaving a few more photos in the gallery below.