I am of the opinion that street photography as a practice by certain well-known photographers is not possible outside of large cities, which is why I think that the street photography workshops I find online are held in larger cities. Specifically, I think street photography cannot be done by non-white people in wealthy, mostly white, small towns like Princeton, Hopewell, etc., in New Jersey. And impossible in towns that have no downtown, like Montgomery, West Windsor, etc.
I have tried many times. When I point the camera in the direction or a person or person, they immediately stop to either remove themselves from the scene or give me a look that feels to me like “what the f**k are you doing”.
I am not comfortable with street photography in general but I feel that if I were to spend an hour or more walking around taking photos of people that I would soon have a police patrol car following me around and beyond that being questioned as to the reasons for my actions.
Is this image of skateboarders on Scudders Plaza street photography? There was no street here. I interacted with them. We chatted about camera equipment and the best angle and shutter speed to use for these shots.
Would the father in this image get upset if he notice that my camera was pointed in their direction?
A few weeks ago while waiting for a response from my new client about my start date, I drove into Rocky Hill Borough for a latte from Buy the Cup. Buy the Cup has had various operators over the years. The current owner, Vitality, is a friendly Russian man, who probably knows more people in the area than the mayor. Whenever I visit we end up chatting about which coffee beans he is bringing into the store soon, local politics or POTUS.
As I exited the cafe, an elderly woman asked me about the camera and lens. We chatted about photography — hers and mine — about the neighbourhood, about the photographs we had taken of the First Reformed Church, the Rocky Hill Inn, and some of the other properties around the town. She gave me a history of some of the homes in the area and pointed out that some of the larger homes were in some state of disrepair.
After we said our goodbyes I walked to Crescent Street where I parked my car. On this trip, I had taken the Canon EOS 5D Mk III and Canon EF 70-200mm L USM II lens. The conversation with the elderly photography sparked my desire to capture a few photos along the intersection of the major streets in the borough.
I don’t have this in my profile but I’m an “INTJ”. This is based on this Myers-Briggs personality test that is generally quite accurate. I can’t say I disagree with the analysis as I’ve taken the personality test every year over a decade and the results are always the same. People are often quite impressed with the little analysis at the end! Remember to answer honestly, even if you don’t like the answer (no one will see!)
I saw some of the beautiful early blog posts for this weekly challenge and I knew I’d not find anything like those. No historic cobblestone lined city streets with centuries-old buildings. Up until recently, my town, Skillman, was rural. As the town grew in the last decade, the old roads widened just a bit while the amount of motor traffic increased. New roads were built for the homes of the new residents. While there are some beautiful country roads, the roads are narrow and there is no curbing to stop and park a car. Unless you like parking your car in a ditch. I don’t.
So … while photographing another event I walked down Nassau Street in Princeton. I stopped a few times to grab some shots. The weather was great, sunny and cool with few clouds in the sky. People were out enjoying shopping and dining al fresco in the restaurants.