Emma and Owen

Few weeks ago, I wandered around Gloucester on Saturday morning with my camera. The air wasn’t that cold. I almost felt like Spring was just around the corner, especially when the sunlight hit my skin from time to time. Everything was coming back to life. I started my day walking by the river. My shoes were soaked to the point that I even didn’t care about it anymore. I just enjoyed the moment of absorbing the fresh air, the moment of silence and the moment of being with my own thoughts. I walked around for hours searching for something or someone that caught my attention. On the route I haven’t seen any other humans. It was just me, my camera and nature. Covered all in mud, I decided to go towards the town. 

It was getting darker and I was really disappointed with myself as I had a lot of opportunities to photograph people but I was afraid to ask. I am still afraid and I guess that will never change. I always find it very challenging to approach people, especially when I really want to photograph them. 

We all have our fears of rejection and failure. Personally, I think it takes a lot of courage to approach a stranger. We are all being judged by other people- usually within ten seconds. So, how do I make a good impression on someone to make them say “Yes, you can take a picture of me”.? What should I say? How do I ask? Will they say “Yes” or “No”? Are they safe to talk to?  There’s a lot of questions I always ask but usually there’s no answer. Sometimes the best way to find an answer is just to take action and do it. Whenever I feel uncomfortable to ask then I force myself to do it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but most of the time when I was scared and uncomfortable it was when I captured the best photographs. I try to feel comfortable with the uncomfortable. There’s no other way, especially when it comes to photographing strangers.

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