A few weeks ago I came across an article on one of my favorite Photography websites www.fstoppers.com where a local photographer in New York City went out to document his surroundings without looking through his camera. After watching Photography Legend Don McCullin's video, he stated "Photographers have to challenge themselves, if you don't challenge yourself you become lazy and your work will show. You can easily spot lazy photographers..." so I was ready for the challenge and something different as always. As a wedding and portrait photographer, our goal is to photograph the people we are working with, make them feel comfortable, look amazing, and document the moments that occur during their life events. When they look back at these photographs, they remember the moments of the people they know and what was happening right there and then. So going out into the city to photograph the random people that are around the streets was totally outside my comfort zone. Without looking through my camera while hanging it around my neck I walked, aimed my camera at whatever I saw that caught my attention, focused and pressed the shutter. I was pretty excited to see the results. Looking back at these photographs, I see there is so much out there and your mind is free to imagine whatever you'd like. What are these people thinking? How many miles has that guy run? Did that guy have a good day at work? Is this person loving his street food? Is this the right chess move I should make? Who's car is that? and countless more...
There are so many different people in this world and a lot of them in New York City... How many times do you stop to take a look at what's going on around you? Probably never so these photos are basically just that. A frozen moment in time that'll probably never be the same again.
Step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, and I bet you won't regret it!!