How long have you been shooting street photography and how did you get started?
Street photography has always drawn my attention, even before I was familiar with the term “street photographs,” I was fascinated by them.
I started shooting street photography about four years ago. I made a camera with what, for me, is a basic requirement for street photos: a minimum lag shutter.
Since then, I always use that camera on the street. At first, I was very timid as I moved in to work, but after going out several time with other photographer friends, I began learning and building my confidence. Thanks to those friends, I was eventually able to take my camera, head out and shoot at any time.
You really take advantage of vivid colors in your shots. Is it something you look for when you hit the streets or do you just happen across colorful scenes?
Since I started using film a couple of years ago, when I head out with my camera if I am using color film, I am much more attentive to the scenes in front of me. Colors draw you in and to my surprise, I have encountered many colorful scenes.
What do you think it takes to get a good street portrait?
I wouldn’t know what to say about that. I consider myself an amateur, and I tend to put more emphasis on the ethical character of street photography and the sensitivity of the photographer. I suppose that whoever uses their camera on the street with intellectual honesty has an infinite possibility of improving over time.
Where is your favorite place to shoot?
More than a favorite, I would choose the most difficult place: your own city and neighborhood. When you travel, you always see things with a certain distance and fascination. The challenge and greatest of satisfactions when you photograph is when you create a photo of people and customs in the place where you live. That’s when you understand that all you need is to observe the essence of what is around you to value your environment.
What has street photography taught you?
I’ve learned that as people, we are much closer than it seems. I have seen many barriers of others and even my own fall down simply when we make eye contact or start a conversation after a photo is shot.
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