Don’t look through me. Don’t take my picture without seeing me. If you can see me, say ‘hello’ to me.
Sometimes, street photographers find it difficult to photograph strangers, on the street. Sometimes, taking the picture is the easy part, but actually seeing the person whom you are photographing is the hard part. When I saw this man, I didn’t stop to speak with him, as I sometimes do. I didn’t even raise the camera to my eye. I just shot from the hip. But, our eyes made contact, I nodded, and he nodded in return. For just that moment, we were two human beings connecting. Alternately, maybe he thought I was just some asshole, from Orange County, walking the streets of LA with a fancy camera!