As part of a new project I’m taking a lot of photos of people. It’s not something I’m comfortable with and so while I watch the people who I hope to be my subjects I’m also watching and learning a good deal about myself.
This project requires me to be close to the people I’m photographing, not allowing me to stand back and catch them with a longer lens. For the best results I need to put them at ease with my being there with a camera. Not an easy thing to do when I’m not at ease with the situation either.
During a photo review process this particular image from a small estate auction I attended spoke to me. In my mind the auctioneer is pointing to me and asking, “Are you in or are you out?” That’s a question I’ve got to answer. If I hang back without making a bid, taking a chance for that really great photo, then I’ll never win. I’ve let opportunities pass by before because of my own feelings of awkwardness.
There’s a need to become more relaxed in these close-up situations, overcome my own shyness and put the people I wish to photograph more at ease. It’s certainly not an easy task for me and I wish I knew a more elegant solution but the only way I know to accomplish this to keeping pushing beyond my comfort zone, hoping it does eventually become a more comfortable process.
Anyone got a secret to this they want to share?