Today was a bit of a different workshop: street photography in New York. Street photography has become kind of trendy, but the more I thought about it I realized it is what I started doing over 40 years ago. Working as a newspaper photojournalist was all about being out on the street. Many times I had assignments but a lot of time was spent finding photos on the street and documenting the community. I worked at one small Indiana newspaper where I was the only photographer and the job consisted of finding photos to fill the front page and local news page each day. I rarely had assignments, it was all about getting out into the town and making tons of street photos. The pressure was immense and I only lasted a year, just like the two photographers before me. But it was my best year of shooting ever. Pretty much all I did for that year was shoot pictures, process them, eat, go shoot more and sleep a little. I won tons of awards that year but it was too much.
I really had fun this afternoon when we were in Chinatown. There were lots of people on the streets, the markets were bustling and the stores were looking good and the light was great. A good thing about New York is that people don’t really care what you are doing as long as you don’t bother them.