These days I feel like I have barely time to breathe- there is so much stuff constantly going on personally and professionally I honestly was at a cracking point.
Then I got the email saying Eric Kim was going to be teaching a workshop in NYC.
I had to be there.
Street shooting is something that is mine... all mine. I don't get paid for it and have no accountability to anyone but myself. It's refreshing. Exhilarating. And freaking frightening.
Taking images of strangers isn't for the light-hearted. Being bold, catching people at that exact moment and eating crow sometimes because of it is part of the experience. But in the end, it's all good. And worth it.
The lessons that weekend, well, I am still digesting. It's a shift in the way I look at a lot in photography. A shift in the way I've been looking at life in general.
When Eric explained most street photographers aim for one great image a month I couldn't believe it. I also think it speaks volumes about the selection process of street shooters: they go for the throat punchers and learn the art of discarding the 'well, this is kind of cool' and keep the 'holy shit!' ones only.
In street photography there are little in the way of words when presenting your work. I have to retrain my brain who loves to tell images of children in words + images. I will try to say as little as possible so when people look at the image they can draw their own conclusions.
I will tell you that I will never look at the street again: triangles, color combinations, juxtapositions, leading lines, and human emotion were all the goal this weekend.
At the end of the weekend Eric made us narrow to three shots, then to our final fave of the past 48 hours. You can see that way below. He projected them on a screen and the class weighed in. I was so happy with all of us pushing beyond the fear and fine tuning our eye to see the street and those that inhabit it daily, in a whole new way.
But first, some that I loved, that pushed my boundaries, and my eye, and make me want to go shoot again... right now.