What I Know About Photographing Strangers, Part One

Looks like I’m not the only one who shies away from the confrontation of street photography. It is hard to do!

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

1 reply on “What I Know About Photographing Strangers, Part One”

Hi Donncha, In ’96 after the replay with Mayo and Meath, where I was covering the final with my father, I realised that I could become a press photographer. After the last whistle went, and Mayo had lost, I ran around trying to get some shots of the players reactions, tears of disapointment and all that. The Mayo keeper was having a particularly tough time of it, so I zoned in. The other players immediately started to berate me for imposing on their friends sorrow. Street photography, it was not, but similar in nature of having to engage someone foreign to you.

In his young days as an aspiring photographer in Paris, my father used to go into cafes and practice spy photography. Camera on the table, minding his own business, quietly taking pictures of the people around him. I know there is merit in engaging some people for the picture you want to take, but some of my fathers shots were inspiring in just the opposite way, the candidness of fleeting moments caught by him, with subjects unaware, fantastic.

Much enjoy your shots btw,

Regards, R

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