Recently, I was asked what it’s like when I take pictures and what I think about when photographing.
If I have the option, I prefer to photograph alone. Often times, an extra person hanging around with you can be nice but I find it distracting (unless they’re my subject) to have a group of people trying to take the same picture that I am. If I want that shot of a seagull or guy at the bus stop, the more people there are walking around with me will make us more noticeable. This is different than if I was surrounded by people on a busy street in Boston, because no one is following me like a pack of sheep. Photographing alone makes a big difference, otherwise I end up with more “touristy” photographs because the group of people I’m with keeps moving and I can’t capture exactly what I want.
|With this picture, I would’ve liked to capture it without a person in the frame, but I’m content. I think the dark silhouette helps to counteract the white of the background and even out the photo bit.|
There’s so much going through my head (Aperture, ISO, Shutterspeed etc.) when photographing that it almost doesn’t register.
Everything just becomes sort of subconscious, like riding a bicycle, you don’t think “I need to move my legs” you just do it and everything else fades into the background. The setup for self-portraits and my conceptual photographs often takes time to think up, but overall, the execution requires little to no major thinking, just focus. It’s a different mindset than if I were to attend a birthday party or hangout with a friend. At the end of a day of photography, I’m usually tired, because my mind has been riding a bicycle all day. Although it doesn’t appear strenuous, a lot of focus (excuse the pun) is usually required to obtain what I want to capture.
And I love it.