What drew you to street photography in the first place?
I love people watching but I am not a very social person nor am I good with words. Photographing people came as a natural way of expressing my thoughts as I observe the world around me.
Tell me about your image titles. How do you come up with them?
My image titles are quotes from poems and songs which come to my mind as I look at the photo. Basically, they are the summary of my thoughts related to the story which the photo captures.
Where is your favorite place to shoot?
We all know that New York City offers great street photography opportunities and within the city, a place called the Washington Square Park is my favorite place to shoot. It is relatively small park, but since I have discovered it, it has been my street photography goldmine, and I rarely shoot elsewhere. It’s very diverse, a crossroad of locals, tourists, artists, students and people who still remember New York City from the 60’s and 70’s. There are so many interactions between people in that park which spark emotions and stories which I try to capture.
How do you capture a story in an image?
I try to analyze people’s faces, their emotional state. People in deep thoughts and in the sad mood usually draw my attention. I consider those feelings much more genuine than anything else. At the same time, I am aware that sometimes our perception of those emotions can be completely false.
What has street photography taught you?
It pushed me to focus on human emotions more than I otherwise would have. It helped me to realize how complex and sensitive a human mind is. And I am still amazed how the same things are perceived differently by different people.
See more of Bekim’s captivating images on his Flickr photostream.