What I'm on about is what the title says.....
Shooting people, but with a camera. NOT with a gun. And I'm not talking about when they're posing. I'm talking about catching them unawares, in their own special niches, acting natural. All of which involves a bit of skulking about till they forget you're there and oftentimes charm to prevent a severe ass-kicking when caught by one of 'em.
Now this is a biggun' here and he's ridin' a Harley. Without considerable amounts of charm, I'd of been toast when he saw me taking the photo. But he was nice and after showing him just how fabulous he looks on his bike, he agreed to let me use his picture.
Gas stations are easy places to go to shoot photo's of people behaving as people do. But one day I decided to go out hunting big game.
So I went to a carnival in search of the always wary and often dangerous carney. Carney's tend to have a heightened sense of awareness in regards to what is going on around them making it alsmost impossible to sneak up on 'em.
And some of 'em have spent time behind bars and can be dangerous if provoked. So you want to shoot 'em from a distance, with a clear path of escape in mind. They also tend to travel in pairs, with one standing sentinal for the other, making the challenge even greater.
I popped off a lucky shot of this lad here before he spotted me. But I wanted to get a clear shot of his face, to see what life had done with him. So I sought high ground across the street.
I could see two things from this photo. The first being that life had done some hard things to this lad. Second, he was signalling to someone else on the street below.
It was this bloke on the street to the right of him. I don't know what the signal meant, I only know the two of 'em worked the carnival together.
Night shooting of these folks is even more dangerous. If caught by the wrong person, you're likely to wind up hurting in an alley with no one the wiser. See the gent in the back of the tent. He's looking directly at me. I was a good distance away and he still spotted me.
He came over and asked me if I'd ever known a fifty-five year old man to be this limber. And then told me what he'd done with his life and why he didn't care a bit if I used his photo for this blog. He was a hoot.
Then he went back to his booth and worked some magic to make a sale.
It was a fun day for me. I got a great deal of shots of carney's, but not many would agree to allow me to post their photographs. But at least none of 'em threatened to kick the shit out of me.
All of the people pictured above agreed to have their photo's posted.
Also, when I use the term "shoot" I mean "take a picture". This is being made crystal clear because I on't have the kind of money that the boys of Judas Priest have.
One last thing before I go,,,,,
Michelle, Toki says prrrrrrrrrrr. She's learning to play guitar and planning on taking up drums next.
All photographs have my signature embedded and are source traced directly to my camera. Copy, crop, paste and I'll take a photo of you in the shower "acting naturally"
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