It’s about something I heard on one of photography podcasts. The guest photographer was Chris Floyd – a British photographer and filmmaker who is best known for portraits of celebrities.
Chris considers himself as an introvert person, awkward and uncomfortable amongst strangers but when he works with clients he becomes that other person who is extremely talkative, very engaging, doing small talk, full on interacting. He adopts his alter ego.
Being a bit of an introvert myself, I found this idea interesting. I wondered if I could translate this somehow into “street photography”.
I live in France and been speaking French for only about 5 years so as fluent as I am, I still make mistakes and sometimes misunderstand people which as a result caused me to avoid conversations on streets.
Maybe by finding and using an alter ego I could somehow forget and not worry too much about linguistic mistakes I make. I might find communicating with strangers on streets easier…
What do you think guys? Does it sound like a silly thing to do? Would like to hear your opinions.
The photo above is not candid. The lady saw me taking photos from 20 meters or so and asked what I was photographing. I noticed her English accent and we spoke in English. She turned out to be a painter. I asked if I could make a few photos. I took about 5 or 6.
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