David Turnley, long one of my favorites, visited John Dykstra’s classroom last month and passed along some advice on street photography. Deep down in that link there’s a segment about what we call poverty tourism – the current trend of going someplace just to see how the other half lives.
Nobody likes people with big lenses who just walk by, take a portrait with your face, and passes on without a second glance as if you weren’t worth a dime more than the 30Mb file on their memory card.
Several things in there I’m borrowing, especially the part about touching other people – it’s far too easy to do the drive-by shoots, to never really get to know people. Too often we point a camera more often than we listen, worried we will miss a moment instead of being cognizant we are preventing them.