Last Saturday, I spent half an hour standing at the junction in front of Pavilion trying to pluck up some courage to approach interestingly dressed/looking people to ask whether I could take their picture. I ended up wandering around trying to point my camera discreetly in their general direction to quickly snap a shot before they noticed what I was doing.
I’ve been looking at a lot of street photography projects recently, more noticeably the Humans of New York project which really inspired me. It wasn’t only the great photography that resonated with me, soundbites and mini-interviews attached to those photos. Some told stories of their country of origin, others told of their saddest or most frightening experiences in their lifetime and couples told of how they met, or how their significant others proposed to them. This project to me is so meaningful because it emphasizes on how everyone in the street, even the ones you meet in passing or even foreigners who are working hard making their living in your country/city; have a story within them. A story that sometimes belies the way they look.The first step would be for me I think would be to come up with an idea for a photo essay. Second would be to actually learn and adopt the confidence for approaching people on the streets for their photograph. I don’t know whether Malaysians in general are comfortable with strangers going up and photographing them so that’s definitely another thing to find out. But I suppose if you don’t try you’ll never know eh?
I would also like to go to more interesting parts of KL, but I am no longer confident in the level of safety in roaming around the streets. Maybe it’s just me, but I consistently feel more paranoid than I should be when I’m carrying my camera out.