I’m an amateur.
The thought of taking people’s pictures terrifies me.
Specifically the thought of taking pictures of people I don’t know.
I’m not sure if it’s just that I’m afraid they’ll get mad
because I wonder, is it construed as rude
to take photos of people you don’t know
without their permission?
But I can’t help it –
I just love taking pictures of people.
Especially people who have such great character …
Because there is beauty
in the unlikeliest places
and sometimes in the unlikeliest faces.
And I would love to be able to
with my subject
and maybe even invent a story or two along the way.
There just seems to be that extra something about the black and white photo,
in my opinion,
that elicits a greater empathy
and perhaps also a deeper connection
to the subject.
And one day, I’d love to be able to take photos of these seemingly interesting amazing people I see
without being afraid.
Without being nervous.
And I’d love to know how to overcome this anxiety.