Portraits of strangers on the streets is not easy.
Being shy about approaching strangers only makes this discipline harder.
It’s worse for me because I am deaf.
When I lost my hearing my world collapsed.
That was it - my entire frame work of communication came crashing down.
Once I started learning to Lip Read, I began practicing with everybody. A new light of hope presented it self.
My camera and self expression began to work together.
I discovered an angle in approaching people.
Firstly, I don’t force it.
I allow my self the gift to feel the situation.
Take for example the image at the very top, the lady with the Violin.
She was Busking on a busy high street, people were passing by not paying any notice.
My camera was set:
F11, Auto ISO, Aperture Priority with Manual Focus Set to 3mm.
I tipped her hat with £1.00
I said to her; “I am sorry, I am deaf, I wish I could hear your music”.
That was it - that was the hook that initiated a five minute conversation about Music, Busking and my Camera.
Are you a Photographer? She asked.
Yes I am.
She started posing for me.
I created one of my Trade Mark Portraits with all my subject. This I do after I have shown them some magic.
My process for Street Portraits is rooted in authentic conversations where people feel I care and I really do.
I have had a few people say NO.
For me, it’s important I ASK.
I will not allow myself to let the opportunity to pass without ASKING.
Asking with a sincere intention opens doors to Photographic possibilities.