When doing street photography there are several ways to go about capturing your subject. Of course there is the stealth or ‘ninja’ mode which in and of itself has various ways of getting the shot. You can shoot from the hip, pretend as if you are shooting something near your true subject or just take the shot quickly without being noticed; in, shoot and gone. You can also just ask the person if they mind having their photo taken which can sometimes lead to an interesting conversation that may enhance your image. Some may feel that interacting with those you see through the viewfinder doesn’t subscribe to the ideal of street photography but as we all know, everyone has their own opinion about what is what and in the end it’s all about you capturing the image you want.
But sometimes when shooting someone unaware, do you ever wonder what it is they are thinking about? Or after you view an image later do you find yourself tempted to give the photo a caption (humorous or not) based upon how you interpret the image; create your own cartoon speech bubble so to speak? My imagination was racing with this image because there is so much fodder for filling in the blanks. Everyone in this image appears to be in their own world even if they are sitting next to each other except for the two ladies in the middle who are discussing something from the Comfest program.