I’m working my way up to photographing random people. Fabulous strangers on the street. I so admire photographers like Amy Arbus and more recently Brandon Stanton, better known as “HONY” (Humans of New York) for their ability to do this. It takes a special kind of skill to: a. walk up to a stranger and ask if you can photograph them, b. have them say yes and c. take a good portrait of them.
I haven’t worked up the nerve to do it yet – I may make that a challenge for next month…
Until then, I am taking more photos that include people doing what they do but without specifically singling them out. (Cheating? I prefer “candid”.)
I stood across the street from this building for maybe 15 minutes a few days ago, and every time someone walked by I would photograph them with the building and lone bicycle as backdrop. This is my favorite, because it was 25 degrees outside and the guy is in short sleeves. Also, the white of his shirt and apron pop against the red of the building, and compliment the red and white of the plastic bag caught in the tree. (The bag, upon closer examination, has Minnie Mouse on the front of it. Which makes me like it even more.)